Tuesday, June 28, 2005

On traveling Companions

The big difference between my upcoming trip and my last one, aside from the fact that I will be a coddled cruise ship passenger traveling through Alaska rather than a muddled driver wandering through the southern United States, is that I won't be traveling alone. Megan and I have known each other since high school and we've traveled together once before, to Ireland two years ago. So I know that we can go for extended periods without getting on each other's nerves and neither of us snores, which is what you want in a traveling companion. Our only source of tension was driving- always problematic in places where people use the wrong side of the road. I ended up doing most of it, which was apparently a bit stressful. You see, though a northern Californian to the core, I had my formative driving experience in LA, which means that I take to the road with the firm beliefs that: 1) 'speed limits' are really more like suggested minimums and 2) I have the right-of-way. (I would like to point out that I have never been involved in a major accident.) But anyway, the opportunities for driving while on the cruise should be pretty limited, so I expect we'll do fine.
(On a related note, I want to offer the advice that, while two people can do great on a trip, and four or five can be a blast, you should avoid at all costs traveling in a group of three. Just trust me on this one.)

End of the Road

Originally uploaded by Daisyj.
Well, I made it to Florida about two months ago, and my pictures have finally caught up.

Next up: Alaska.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


My story was just posted at Escape Pod. I'm pretty excited about this.

Florida pictures coming soon.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Next Trip

And probably the last one for a while, since my immediate plans call for finding gainful employment. Next month, Megan (you know Megan, right?) and I are going on a cruise to Alaska, where we hope to see whales and, probably, begin to resemble them (I will, anyway; I don't think Megan has gained so much as a pound in the last ten years. Not that I'm jealous or anything). It should be a lot of fun, if significantly less adventuresome than my last travel experience. Which is just fine with me. The way I see it, sometimes you want to drive solo across the country, watching out for roadkill and wondering if you could find yourself on a map, and sometimes you want to sit in a lounge chair on a giant floating hotel, viewing fully three-dimensional wildlife from a safe distance and occasionally staggering through a buffet line. It's all about finding your moment.

I'm taking the satellite radio.

After a long delay...

Posting again! This time it's pictures of New Orleans.