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 fiancé 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. As the Travel section has gotten larger, I've added an alphabetical listing of all travel pages at the bottom for quick searching. Thanks for stopping by, and best wishes on your own travels on the road ahead.

Major Trips

Great American Roadtrip (2018)

European Grand Tour (2016)

Alaska Trip (2015)

Eastern Canada Trip (2013)

Pacific Northwest Trip (2012)

Canadian Rockies Trip (2012)

Western Rockies Trip (2011)

Minor Trips

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (2018)

Orlando Theme Parks Trip (2017)

Total Solar Eclipse (2017)

Florida Keys Trip (2016)

Minnesota Trip (2014)

Dream Week: Orioles Baseball (2014)

Stockholm and Kiruna, Sweden (2009)

University of Colorado (2008)

London Research Trip (2007)

Cork and Environs, Ireland (2007)

Maryland Basketball (2007)

Champs Sports Bowl (2006)

Iceland Trip (2005)

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

Alphabetical List of All Travel Pages

Aachen and Cologne, Germany
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Badlands, South Dakota and Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Banff and Yoho, Alberta and British Columbia
Bergen, Norway
Bern, Switzerland
Bratislava, Slovakia
Brussels, Belgium
Budapest, Hungary
Champs Sports Bowl
University of Colorado
Copenhagen, Denmark
Cork and Environs, Ireland
The Dalton Highway and the Arctic, Alaska
Delft and The Hague, The Netherlands
Denali National Park, Alaska
Detroit, Michigan
Dream Week: Orioles Baseball
Exit Glacier and Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks and Environs, Alaska
Florida Keys Trip
The Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Iceland Trip (2005)
State of Iowa
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
The Labrador Coast, Labrador
Lake Louise, Alberta
London Research Trip (2007)
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Maryland Basketball
State of Michigan
Minnesota Trip
Montreal, Quebec
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Munich, Germany
Newfoundland (Western and Central)
Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
The Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska
Orlando Theme Parks Trip
Oslo and Lillehammer, Norway
Ottawa, Ontario
Prague, Czechia
Quebec City, Quebec
Reykjavik and Environs, Iceland
Salt Lake City, Utah
Saguenay Fjord, Quebec
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Seattle, Washington
Springfield, Illinois
St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
Strasbourg, France
Stockholm and Kiruna, Sweden
Toronto, Ontario
Total Solar Eclipse
Vancouver, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia
Vienna, Austria
Western Nebraska and Cheyenne, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Grand Canyon
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Old Faithful
Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland