The Odyssey

Personal Travel Blog

When I was a child growing up, my parents purchased a map of the world and hung it on the wall of my room. It was nothing fancy, just one of those rolled-up paper maps that would come in a tube and show all of the different countries with their national borders in various different colors. My brother and I spent many hours looking at that map, thinking about all of the far-off places it detailed and wondering what it would be like to travel to them. My parents loved to travel themselves, and as I grew into adulthood, I was fortunate enough to have many opportunities to visit different parts of North America, and eventually, the rest of the world. This website is dedicated to showcasing some of the fruits of those travels, the pictures and places and people that I've met over the course of my wanderings.

Deciding what to name this travel blog required some thought. Eventually I settled on "The Odyssey", after Homer's famous work of classical literature. The Odyssey can be considered one of the first-ever forms of travel literature, keeping in mind of course that many of the places detailed were purely mythical creations. The word "odyssey" has also passed into English as a form of any extended wandering or journey, and the name would fit well with the classical theme that my gaming website uses for its theming mechanism. It might be cliched to say that life is a journey, but there's a reason why certain things become cliches in the first place. This is the story of my own personal odyssey as recorded over the course of many years.

At the moment, this website is a work in progress. I have thousands and thousands of picture stretching back many years, and it will some time to write about all of those trips. The site design is strictly functional, without much in the way of bells and whistles. My girlfriend teases my that the design looks like something out of 1998, and there's some truth to that. Nevertheless, I figure that anyone coming here is interested in the content and not whatever doodads might be the trend of the moment in web design. Individual trips are listed below by date, with the video travel blogs that I recorded in the past at the bottom. Thanks for stopping by, and best wishes on your own travels on the road ahead.

Major Trips

European Grand Tour (2016) - Writing In Progress

Alaska Trip (2015)

Minor Trips

Total Solar Eclipse

Video Travel Blogs

Video Travels 2015: Alaska
Part One: Anchorage, Kenai Fjords, Denali
Part Two: Fairbanks, Prudhoe Bay, The Arctic

Video Travels 2013: Canada
Part One: Toronto and Ottawa
Part Two: Montreal and Quebec
Part Three: Gros Morne and Labrador
Part Four: St. John's and Newfoundland

Video Travels 2012: Pacific Northwest
Part One: Mount Rainier, WA
Part Two: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Part Three: Butchart Gardens, BC
Part Four: Capilano Suspension Bridge, BC
Part Five: Skyline Trail, AB