Nha Trang, Vietnam

“It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone.  Our responses to the world are crucially molded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of… Continue reading

Da Lat, Vietnam

I rode shotgun in a minivan that went from the beach town of Mui Ne up to the highland city of Da Lat.  About two hours into the drive we found ourselves stuck… Continue reading

Mui Ne, Vietnam

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more… Continue reading

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

I expected my arrival in Vietnam to be a rush.  The country worked its way under my skin when I first visited four years ago and now represents the beginning of my big… Continue reading

Somewhere Over the Pacific Ocean

Bad luck or good?  The morning of my flight to Vietnam I uploaded a photo to my Flickr site and noticed it was the 13th in my Big Trip set.  I’m not particularly superstitious but I… Continue reading

Denver, Colorado

My sister Kathleen lives in Denver with her husband Antony, their daughter Susan and dog Max, and Susan’s new hamster Nibbles.  Kathleen’s family only uses two of their three garage spaces and her… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park

In a move that certainly calls her judgment into question, Marie agreed to meet me on the road once again – this time for a weekend of hiking and camping in Rocky Mountain… Continue reading

Great Sand Dunes National Park

My drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park turned out to be a race with the sun.  It takes about 12 hours to drive from Kansas City to GSDNP – all the way… Continue reading

Prairie Village, Kansas

There are lots of great things about being raised in Prairie Village, Kansas.  When I left Kansas to attend college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, for example, as soon as… Continue reading

Glacier National Park

When did I become so bad at predicting things?  My hit rate on this trip has to be below 25%.  Pathetic.  In Grand Teton National Park I must have said, “I think Oxbow… Continue reading