This page gives a little history of where we've been in the last several years.
I've tried to put a taste of the experience in the photo, and a brief description of the
event or location in a few sentences.
Where we've been...
Renting a car and driving the 1500 km around the island in July is the only way to see the place. The land of waterfalls and narrow roads, rivers and glaciers, and no sunset made
an amazingly scenic trip. Free everything in Iceland is expensive, we found, at about $8/gallon for gasoline and $20 hamburgers. And we found out why all their hay bales
are different colors.
From Southampton and back, we rode the Sapphire Princess up the west coast of Norway, into many fjords and up above the Arctic Circe for two weeks in June and
July of non-stop sunlight. We never saw darkness on the entire trip. Great weather except for a cold rainy day at the North Gate in the far north.
London x2 '18
(London City Hall) Using London as a way station for the trips above, we managed about 6 days in the ancient city. Touring Parliament, The Shard, the Thames, Indian Restaurants
and riding The Tube, it was easy to fill up each day. We trekked to Southampton to catch the cruise to Norway and Gatwick ariport for the flight to Reyjkevik.
We need another trip to do it again and all of the UK. Oh, and Stonehenge was great, too.
Baltic Cruise '17
Starting in Amsterdam, one of our favorite cities, we visited Germany, Estonia, Russia (St. Petersburg), Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen
on the two week cruise. Great weather, wonderful European cities, highlighted with a tour of the Peterhof in St. Petersburg. Found out that the Baltic Sea
is mostly fresh water. Who knew? The photo above is the Anichkov Faberge Egg Katie bought (see Christmas newsletter 2017) on the cruise. Main photo link is of the Peterhof
fountains and pond that drains into the Baltic Sea.
Colorado River '16
With college friend Buz Sulzner and great nephew, Sean Wood, (pictured above) we did our second Colorado raft trip, this one 8 days on the river in June.
Spectacular scenery, great adventure, and great food (and beer) made it a great time for all.
Paris to Prague '15
Beginning in the City of Light, during the pre-Christmas time, holiday markets in Paris and Prague added much festivity to the cities and the river cruise stops between them.
The trip was surprisingly enjoyable, as were all the French peoople we encountered. English was widely spoken, making our visits even more enjoyable.
A Christmas time visit first to a week of sightseeing and scuba diving around Fiji, on to Sydney for family gathering, then off to New Zealand, our favorite place in the world,
for more sight seeing.
Russia Cruise '14
A brief stay in St. Petersburg folowed by a river and lake cruise to Moscow. Lots of friendly people and plenty of onion dome churches along the way.
The Moscow subway system is amazingly beautiful - like an art museum!
Italy Cruise '13
A group tour for most of October with friends and relatives cruising from Venice to Rome for three and a half weeks was
spectacular. We did extra days in Rome, Florence, Venice and Corglia on the Med. Having an Italian translator app for our phones
made the language barrier disappear.
Salt Lake City '13
So much better than 2012. Custom fitted boots for the March 2013 trip, new "skinny" skis and decent snow. And we were
accompanied by SoCal friends Buz & Sharon Sulzner. No pain. Too old for pain.
Cabo San Lucas '13
Another January trip to Cabo beats cold and windy Las Vegas. This trip is happening more frequently. We know the place pretty well
and took a road trip to an art colony town north of Cabo at Todos Santos Baja Sur. Bueno.
Southeast Asia '12
Starting in Saigon in September '12, then up the Mekong River to Phonm Penh, Angkor Wat, and on to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. A very
friendly place, crowded with motor bikes and people, and a most enjoyable trip and fellow travelers.
Salt Lake City '12
The Salt Lake ski trip in 2012 was a disaster. New boots were brutal on the feet, causing us to shorten
our stay considerably. Disappointing, but pain isn't fun. Next year will be better.
A two week cruise began in Istanbul and visited Greek isles and Athens. It was great to see the Ancient
World and the historic places we had only read about.
Ludlow, VT '11
A Tulane reunion of the "brothers" in October at The Governor's Inn in Ludlow Vt with Jim and Cathy Kubec,
proprietors, was an outstanding trip with great friends in a warm and cordial atmosphere
Salt Lake City '11
Our annual ski venture to Salt Lake City saw us with little new snow, plenty of sun, and spring weather in the city
and good snow conditions in the mountains.
Playa del Carmen '10
A pre-retirment/birthday present for sister Diane, accompanied by her eldest son Ron and wife Janet made for
some great fun, lots of activities and plenty of pool time in sunny Playa del Carmen, near Cancun.
Salt Lake City '10
A March ski trip to Salt Lake City area replaces our former Colorado trips. Spring like skiing
brought us great weather, some new snow and some great skiing.
Cabo San Lucas '10
A January trip to Cabo beats the winter blahs. Our first trip to Cabo occurred right after I had
broken an arm. Other than restricted swimming, there was little restriction in eating and drinking.
This was another combination ground/cruise with Viking River Cruises from Budapest, Hungary,
to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, via the Danube and Rhine rivers and dozens of river locks.
A bit chilly in November but the tours were spectacular and the scenery unbeatable.
New Orleans '09
We took most an October week with college friends and wives in the bayou country of southern Louisiana at
a bayou fishing "camp" with all the amenities. A great time was had by all, with many fish caught
and many beers consumed in the name of nostalgia for all of us former Tulane U. classmates. This was
the second trip to N.O. this year, this one in September and the earlier one in July.
This was a 2.5 week trip in September, combining a 10 day Yangtze River cruise past the 3 Gorges Dam and visits to Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing.
Wonderful scenery, albeit very polluted air, visits to see Terra Cotta warriors in Xian, the Great Wall, the
Forbidden City, Tiannamen Square and so much more. Spectacular vacation and excellent shopping and real
Kauai, HI '09
We took a great week with perfect weather on the "Garden Isle" of Hawaii, with boat tours, a spectacular helicopter
tour and even time for golf.
Beaver Creek CO '09
Another (and last) week skiing at Beaver Creek with good friends in February. Skiing, great food,
margaritas at the hot tub.
Puerto Vallarta '08
A week long trip to PV, Mexico. Our second trip there was every bit as great as the first.
Great food, scenery and for some, shopping. May is a great time to visit.
A two week land/sea vacation in August with 3 college buddies and wives that was the vacation of a lifetime.
Great friends, wonderful scenery, great side trips and evenings to reminisce. Heaven!
Portland, OR '07
An annual meeting of the National Boards of Pharmacy in scenic Portland in May with a side trip to visit
a college friend who owns an alpaca ranch.
Beaver Creek, CO '07
A week of skiing in February in the Colorado Rockies with friends with some actual snowfall this time. A wonderful
time with friends for good food, margaritas at the hot tub, and good skiing.
Lake Mead, NV '06
We took the boat out for a short summer cruise and encountered the worst storm we've ever experienced, but all hands survived
the harrowing experience.
New Orleans '06
A summer trip to New Orleans to visit relatives and eat muffalettas and drink hurricanes.
San Francisco '06
Another National Board of Pharmacy meeting in scenic San Francisco in April.
Jackson Hole '05
Another in a long line of Boards of Pharmacy meetings in scenic locations-July in Wyoming.
New Orleans '05
A mid-summer trip to New Orleans and a high school reunion in Mississippi followed by another trip in late August, just prior to Hurricane Katrina.
Lake Mead, NV '04
We took the big boat out for a one week cruise around the receding
lake. Crewmembers included us and Katie's mother and older brother, Woody. We exacted enough
free labor that no one was forced to walk the plank.
The centennial year of the National Boards of Pharmacy met in the hometown of the
main office in April 2004. A bit chilly, but a nice trip.
Beaver Creek, CO
Our annual winter vacation again scheduled in February, but this time in 2004. We shared our
accommodations with novices nephew Ron and wife Janet from Atlanta this year. Yeeehaaaa! Only minor
Glacier National Park, MT
August and September 2003 brought another pharmacy board meeting in Whitefish, MT. Yeah, Glacier park and
Waterton Park in Canada were beautiful, but smoke clogged due to the forest fires in the areas. But
we had a great time anyway.
In May, 2003, we were off to Philly for the 2003 National Boards of Pharmacy meeting.
Katie did her Rx stuff and I got in as much golf as I could. Rain (what the hell is rain?)
contributed to an abbreviated golfing schedule. But very historic and great sandwiches.
Beaver Creek, CO
Our annual winter vacation occurred in February, 2003. We shared the ski adventure
with friends Buz & Sharon Sulzner and Dennis Flynn. It had to be the free margaritas that brought 'em.
Costa Rica, C.A.
In August, 2001, we traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks of R&R. Brother-in-law Woody accompanied
us. One week on the Pacific Coast swinging on ropes through trees, chasing monkeys off the 'road'
and sweating filled our week on the Pacific Coast. A meeting for dinner with a purported neighbor of
Pablo Escobar was a highlight we'd prefer to forget. Discovering the national parks around San Jose
and driving up volcanoes provided our entertainment for the week in San Jose. Green, hot and humid.
In May, 2001, we were off to Seattle for a week long trip for Katie to do her
pharmacy thing on a national basis. The weather was typically chilly but we
avoided real rain but did experience a bit of drizzle and cloudiness. The view
of the volcanoes in the area from the plane was impressive. However, the Seattle
Space Needle seemed tiny compared to the Stratosphere Tower of Las Vegas. Sorry.
January 12-19, 2001, we're went for a week long ski vacation to the Colorado
ski heartland in Breckenridge. Cold weather and little snow stick in our minds
about this driving trip. Also we saw the international snow sculpture competition in
the town. At least we hadn't forgotten how to ski.
In late September, we went to a 5 day regional Pharmacy Board meeting. Well, that's
Katie's business. In reality, it was Katie for Rx, Rx, and golf. Me, it was golf, golf, golf! And
the Ventana Canyon course in northern Tucson was extrordinary. We can't say the same for the quality
of our games, however. I came back with a better tan, Katie ended up Chairman of
District 7 of the National Board.
Wow! You don't want to miss this little story and the great scenic photos of this beautiful country.
So just click on this link to go to the South Pacific Adventure
pages to see some of New Zealand!
There was way too much information and too many photos to put here, so click on this link
to go to the South Pacific Adventure pages and see Cairns, Brisbane, and Heron Island!
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this link to go to the South Pacific Adventure pages!
In early November, 1999, we took our annual scuba vacation, this time to Grand Cayman.
We had incredible weather! 10 inches of rain in 5 days. 7 straight days of
rain. Total sunshine - about 10 minutes. Diving was drier than walking
outside. Despite nearly floating the rental car several times, we enjoyed the
change of scenery and actually had a fun time. Driving a right-side drive car on
the left side of the road in torrential rains was certainly an adventure. Over
500 km driven on an island only 40 some km long. Just like home!
In late May '99, we were off to a national meeting of the National Boards of
Pharmacy, held this year in Albuquerque. After the meeting stuff was over
we scooted up to Santa Fe and also took a day exploring Taos.
That and some visits to the pueblos made for a very interesting trip.
In early April '99, we drove to Aspen for late season skiing. We were rewarded with unusual
snowfall and great conditions. We also found out just how out of shape we really were.
New Orleans in October '98 to visit old friends and see a Tulane Homecoming. Both were very successful.
Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains in May 1998. The sun was bright and the skiing was very good,
even that late in the season.