France Initiation Itinerary – May 2, 2012 to May 24, 2012

This itinerary covered a three-week trip that can be split up into two parts. The first part of the trip was pretty much a week-long self-driving loop of a limited part of Northern France that started and ended in Paris. The second part of the trip covered two weeks of a much longer loop…

Jamaica Healing Itinerary – December 25, 2011 to December 31, 2011

This trip was for “healing” because I was getting over the death of my grandmother who had passed just a month earlier. With Julie’s Mom and My Mom taking turns watching over our daughter, Julie and I did this badly needed trip, which turned out to be the first international trip for the entire year!

Alaskan Cruise Inner Passage Itinerary – August 28, 2011 to September 4, 2011

This trip was the second part of a longer 2.5-week itinerary combining a road trip over parts of Washington State and an Alaskan Cruise. Each part of this trip could be done as separate itineraries, which is why I split them up in this manner…

Washington State Itinerary – August 20, 2011 to August 28, 2011

This trip was the first part of a longer 2.5-week itinerary combining a road trip over parts of Washington State and an Alaskan Cruise. Each part of this trip could be done as separate itineraries, which is why I split them up in this manner.

Lake Sabrina Backpacking Itinerary – August 11, 2011 to August 14, 2011

This was a weekend backpacking trip that began and ended at Lake Sabrina. The ultimate main goal of this physical challenge was to get as far as the Hungry Packer Lake, which was one of several lakes of glacial origin in the area. The Eastern Sierra was full of these kinds…

Yosemite With Baby Itinerary – June 2, 2011 to June 4, 2011

With our daughter not quite 5 months old, we did this trip as another test of what we can and can’t do with a baby. We also brought Julie’s Mom along since we figured that this would be a pretty easy trip as far as the amount of sightseeing and hiking that we were doing…

Canadian Rockies Itinerary – September 15, 2010 to September 25, 2010

This itinerary covers how we managed to experience the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park in Montana. It was a trip where we had to rearrange plans to avoid the brunt of a freak early Winter snow storm that took place in September!

Eastern Sierra Non Backpack Itinerary – August 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010

This itinerary was the result of a failed backpacking trip where the senior trip leader and organizer had to back out. There were other participants that also had to back out of this trip at the last minute. So it was pretty much my good buddy Ed and I who were left…

Switzerland Public Transport Itinerary – June 7, 2010 to June 16, 2010

For Julie and I, this was our first European trip together. And like most people who visit Europe for the first time, we visited multiple countries. In this case, we visited Greece, Croatia, and Switzerland. This itinerary was the last part of the three-part 30-day journey….

Croatia Itinerary – May 30, 2010 to June 7, 2010

For Julie and I, this was our first European trip together. And like most people who visit Europe for the first time, we visited multiple countries. In this case, we visited Greece, Croatia, and Switzerland. This itinerary was the second part of the three-part 30-day journey…

Greece Itinerary – May 19, 2010 to May 30, 2010

For Julie and I, this was our first European trip together. And like most people who visit Europe for the first time, we visited multiple countries. In this case, we visited Greece, Croatia, and Switzerland. This itinerary was the first part of the three-part…

Point Reyes and Big Basin Redwoods Itinerary – April 8, 2010 to April 11, 2010

This itinerary covered a return trip to Point Reyes as well as introducing us to the waterfalls at Mt Tamalpais (both north of the city of San Francisco). We also went south and visited the Big Basin Redwoods State Park (southwest of Silicon Valley)…

Big Sur Spring Weekend Itinerary – March 18, 2010 to March 21, 2010

This itinerary covered a return trip to Big Sur for the first time in about six years. Part of what motivated us to make this return visit was that this Winter was one of the wetter Winters that we’ve had in recent memory. So we knew the waterfalls…

Cook Islands Itinerary – January 11, 2010 to January 17, 2010

This itinerary was the Cook Islands leg of our 31-day trip to New Zealand and the Cook Islands. It was basically an unwinding of the more active trip we did of both islands in New Zealand…

New Zealand Return Itinerary – December 20, 2009 to January 3, 2010

This itinerary was the first part of our month-long end-of-the-year (and end-of-the-decade for that matter) trip to both New Zealand and the Cook Islands. This first part focuses only on the New Zealand leg of the trip…

Maldives Itinerary – November 20, 2009 to November 24, 2009

This itinerary was the second part of a longer 23-day trip to both India and the Maldives. In a way, this Maldives leg of the trip was kind of the vacation away from the vacation largely because of how intense our visit to India had been…

India Itinerary – November 1, 2009 to November 20, 2009

This itinerary was the first part of our 3.5-week trip that encompassed both Indian and the Maldives. That first leg of the trip focused on India. This trip was definitely way out of our comfort zone, but I would also argue that we probably learned…

Oregon and Southern Washington Summer Follow-up Itinerary – August 19, 2009 to August 23, 2009

This itinerary was a follow-up to the Oregon trip that we had done about 5-6 months prior. Back then, Mother Nature threw a wrench into our plans with snow in the mountains. So we had to make last-minute cancellations and retreat to the coast…

Big Pine Creek Backpacking Itinerary – July 16, 2009 to July 19, 2009

This itinerary covered a backpacking trip to Big Pine Creek and its many glacial lakes. I accompanied an organized group that included a good friend from High School as well as folks from the law firm that he worked at…

Japan Public Transport Itinerary – May 21, 2009 to June 12, 2009

This itinerary was actually the latter half of a two-country, nearly two-month trip encompassing China and Japan. In this itinerary write-up, we’re only focusing on Japan since this leg of the trip could easily stand out on its own Japan separate from China…