Around the World... One Journey at a Time. Around the World... One Journey at a Time.






Welcome to Our Journeys


Six years ago, my daughter Genevieve (then 8 years old) remarked, “We are not a normal family.” I froze, waiting to hear what was next. She laughed and said, “We’re a traveling family!” 

Traveling not only enriches our lives on so many levels, but our shared experiences pull us even closer together as a family.  Our goal is to travel around the world, one journey at a time. Each year, we spend as much time as we can exploring new places.  In between the journeys, we have plenty of time and emotional space at home to savor all of the things that we have experienced.

Our trips can be divided into three basic categories: family international journeys, family travels through the U.S, and motorcycle/dirt bike adventures.

  Family International Journeys:  Every year we take at least one international journey with our children to allow them to experience a different culture first-hand and to see the great beauty that exists in the world.
  Family Travels in the United States:  We travel extensively in the United States, usually in our RV, in order to fully appreciate the magnificence and diversity of our own country.
  Motorcycle/Dirt Bike Adventures:  In the past, Ben and I loved to explore the nooks and crannies of a different place every year on two wheels. We initially met through a passion for motorcycles, and we currently focus on dirt biking. Our kids have discovered the joy and freedom of riding dirt bikes, and their skills and confidence have developed at an astounding rate.  Ben and I have started to include dirt bikes on some of our U.S. family adventures. 

You can view our indepth photo-stories by clicking one of the three blue categories above, or by selecting a blue-titled journey from the chronological list below.  We would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions!  

2013 Journeys
 

Namibia, Africa
After years of planning, we finally traveled to Africa in June of 2013. We chose Namibia because it not only has stunning scenery and animals galore (elephants, giraffes, zebra, lions, hippos, rhinos, and much more), but we could drive ourselves throughout the country independently without a guide. The experience surpassed our wildest dreams.

 

Costa Rica
In January, we ventured down to Costa Rica, where we fell in love with the beautiful countryside, the gracious people, and the abundant wildlife—especially the monkeys and the fascinating sloths.

2012 Journeys
 

Eastern Canada
Near the end of the summer, we took a road trip through eastern Canada. From the roaring Niagara Falls to small towns beyond Quebec City, Canada surprised us all.

 

Sedona & Beautiful California
During Spring Break, we meandered out to the stunning red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, while taking time to enjoy three beautiful national parks in California along the way—Yosemite, King’s Canyon, and Joshua Tree.

 

Puerto Vallarta Area
Our family rang in the 2012 New Year in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico, balancing our time between the small surfing town of Sayulita, the isolated community of Yelapa, and the vibrant historical center of Puerto Vallarta.

2011 Journeys
 

Oaxaca
In December, I traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico with my girlfriend Chris. With her local family members giving us the insider’s scoop, we explored the rural areas and towns in the hills above Oaxaca City, and also took a road trip to the beautiful Pacific coast. 

 

 

North to Alaska

During the summer, we embarked on a 2-month journey north to Alaska, winding our way through western Canada. The land of the midnight sun was everything we dreamed and more, with with massive glaciers, welcoming people, bears and other wildlife galore, and stop-dead-in-your-tracks beauty. 

 

 

Ecuador
From the heights of the Andes Mountains to the depths of the Amazon rain forest, Ecuador gave our family an unforgettable experience.

 

Big Island of Hawaii
With its warm water, large sea turtles, colorful fish, volcanoes, and Hawaiian culture, the Big Island provided the perfect setting for a blend of relaxation and family adventure.

2010 Journeys
 

Moab, Utah
Ben and I took off for a week to Moab, Utah, to ride dirt bikes on some of the best trails we have ever experienced. We covered slick rock roller coasters, ledge climbs, deep sand washes, and crusty single track, all set among incredible red rock landscapes.

 

Glacier National Park, and Dirt Biking in the Pacific Northwest
We ended the summer with a 4-week RV trip through Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Along the way, we challenged Genevieve and Sebastian’s dirt biking skills with some fun trail rides, and we were awed by the grandeur and beauty of Glacier National Park.

 

Paris, Barcelona, and a Bit of the Basque Country
Our summer began on a high note with a trip to Paris and the top of the Eiffel Tower. We then hopped aboard a high-speed train to northern Spain, where we spent a few days exploring the Basque area. The grand finale was a week in beautiful and vibrant Barcelona, along the Mediterranean coast.

 

China
Although our suitcases were light, we packed a lot of experiences into our 17-day journey through China. The highlights include hiking the Great Wall, visiting caves that held over 50,000 carved Buddhas, seeing the Terracotta Warriors, and relishing the tranquility of a rural farming community in the “gumdrop” mountains.

 

Route 66 Through the Southwest U.S.
We spent two weeks meandering along Route 66 from Santa Monica, California to Gallup, New Mexico. We also ventured off the Mother Road to visit many scenic wonders, and rang in the New Year by traversing the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West.

2009 Journeys
 

Peru
In mid-September through early October, Ben and I traveled to Machu Picchu and then rode dirt bikes throughout northern Peru, in the high Andes Mountains and parts of the Amazon jungle.

 

Two Months Around the United States
During the summer, our family ventured on a two-month, cross-country RV trip to experience the wonders of the United States. Our round-trip route stretched from California to the North Carolina Outer Banks, with many exciting places and activities in between.

 

Mexico
In April, our family spent 18 days exploring some of the communities in the colorful state of Oaxaca, as well as Mexico City and the peaceful villages surrounding Lake Patzcuaro.

 

Southern California/Death Valley
We celebrated the New Year with a two-week RV trip to Los Angeles, San Diego, and the amazing Death Valley.


2008 Journeys
 

Bhutan and Northeastern India
In November, Ben and I spent two glorious weeks riding motorcycles along the twisty roads of the Southern Himalayas.

 

Pacific Northwest
In August, we ended the summer holidays with a two-week RV trip through Oregon, Washington State, and Vancouver.

 

Grand Canyon/Southwest
In June, we took an RV road trip to see the wonders of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon, and Las Vegas.

 

Baja, Mexico
In May, Ben and I rode our dirt bikes over some incredible trails through the high desert mountains along the Pacific Coast.

 

Portugal
In March/April, our family traveled through Portugal for 16 days, exploring castles, winding our way to the central mountains near the Spanish border, and soaking in the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.


2007 Journeys
 

Bolivia
In November/December, Ben and I rode motorcycles 2200 miles through the high altiplano and the jungle areas of Bolivia, including the “Death Road.”

 

Baja, Mexico
In May, Ben and I rode our dirt bikes through a challenging series of trails over the mountains from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean, including the single track called the “Rockman Trail”.

 

Spain
Our family spent two magical weeks in Madrid and the heavenly region of Andalusia.

Map of Our Journeys

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Our travel map



Places We’ve Been, w/Quick Links

Bhutan
   Bumthang Valley
   Gom Kora
   Kanglung
   Mongar
   Paro Valley
   Punakha Dzong
   Sangdrup Jongkhar
   Thimphu
   Tongsa
   Wangdi Phrodrang

Bolivia
   Caranavi
   Guanay
   Janko Marca
   La Paz
   Laguna Colorada
   Laguna Verde
   Llica
   Potosí
   Queteña
   Rurrenabaque
   Sajama
   Salar de Coipasa
   Salar de Uyuni
   San Pablo
   Santa Rosa
   Sorata
   Sud Lipez
   Tupiza
   World’s Most Dangerous Road

Canada
   Banff National Park
   Battle Hill Nat'l Hist. Site
   Boya Lake Prov. Park, BC
   Burns Lake Bike Park
   Canyon Sainte-Anne
   Chetwynd
   Dawson Creek
   Eastern Townships
   Fort Nelson
   Isle-aux-Coudres
   Jasper National Park
   Kluane Lake, YK
   'Ksan Historical Village
   Lake Louise
   Liard Hot Springs
   Montreal
   Niagara Falls
   Ottawa
   Quebec City
   Quesnel
   Thousand Islands
   Toronto
   Vancouver
   Vancouver Island
   Victoria
   Watson Lake
   Whistler
   Whitehorse

China
   Beijing
   Datong
   Forbidden City
   Great Wall at Mutianyu
   Hong Kong
   HuaShan
   Lijiang
   Summer Palace
   Terracotta Warriors
   Tiananmen Square
   Xi’an
   Yangshuo
   Yungang Caves

Costa Rica
   Arenal Volcano
   Finca Corsicana
   Hanging Bridges
   Manuel Antonio
   Poas Volcano
   Proyecto Asis
   Quepos
   Sarchi
   Sky Trek Zip Lining
   Venado Caves
   Zarcero

France
   Paris

Ecuador
   Amazon Rainforest
   Chaquiñan Bicycle Trail
   La Mitad del Mundo
   Napo Wildlife Center
   Papallacta Hot Springs
   Proyecto DCR
   Quito
   Yasuní National Park

India
   Bagdogra
   Darjeeling
   Delhi
   Gawahati
   Jaigaon
   Kalimpong

Mexico
   Baja California
   Crucecita
   Frida Kahlo Museum
   Hierve el Agua
   Huatulco
   Marietas Islands
   Mazunte
   Mexico City
   Monte Alban
   Oaxaca City
   Patzcuaro
   Puerto Angel
   Puerto Escondido
   Puerto Vallarta
   San Agustin
   San Martin Tilcajete
   Santa Fe de la Laguna
   Santa María el Tule
   Sayulita
   Studio of Jacobo Angeles
   Teotihuacán
   Teotitlán del Valle
   TzinTzunTzan
   Yagul
   Yelapa

Namibia
   Caprivi
   Dead Vlei
   Elondo Village
   Etosha Nat'l Park
   Hippo Pools Camp
   Hoba Meteorite
   Katutura
   Khowarib Camp
   Moose McGregor's Bakery
   Mowani Camp
   Ngepi Camp
   Nkasa Lupala
   n'Kwzi Camp
   River Dance Lodge
   Seisfontein
   Seisriem Camp
   Sossusvlie
   Swakopmund
   Treesleeper Camp
   Twyfeltein
   Windhoek

Peru
   Balsas
   Barranca
   Cajabamba
   Cajamarca
   Caraz
   Cañón del Pato
   Celendín
   Cerro de Pasco
   Chachapoyas
   Cusco
   Huamachuco
   Huánico
   Huaraz
   La Oroya
   Leymebamba
   Llanganuco
   Lima
   Machu Picchu
   Moyobamba
   Nuevo Jaén
   Pallasca
   Pampas
   Tápuc
   Tarapoto
   Tarma
   Tingo Maria
   Tocache
   Yungay Memorial

Portugal
   Burgau
   Coimbra
   Evora
   Lisbon
   Marvao
   Nazare
   Obidos
   Portimao
   Sintra
   Sitio

South Africa
   Johannesburg

Spain
   Barcelona
   Bilbao
   Hondarribia
   Madrid
   Montserrat
   Nerja
   Rock of Gibraltar
   Ronda
   Santillana del Mar
   Tolosa
   Zaragoza

United States National Parks
   Arches National Park, UT
   Badlands National Park, SD
   Bandelier National Monument, NM
   Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
   Cahokia Mounds (UNESCO site), IL
   Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
   Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Cape Hatteras National Shoreline, NC
   Capitol Reef National Park, UT
   Civil Rights Memorial, AL
   Death Valley National Park, CA
   Denali National Park, AK
   Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY
   El Morro National Monument, NM
   Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
   Glacier National Park, MT
   Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
   Grand Tetons National Park, WY
   Great Basin National Park, NV
   Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI
   Joshua Tree National Park, CA
   Kaloko-Honokohau Nat'l Hist. Park, HI
   Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, NM
   King's Canyon National Park, CA
   Martin Luther King Jr. Nat'l Hist. Site, GA
   Mesa Verde National Park, CO
   Montezuma's Castle Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Monticello, VA
   Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
   Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
   Olympic National Park, WA
   Petrified Wood National Park, AZ
   Pinnacles National Monument, CA
   Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Nat'l Hist Pk, HI
   Pu'ukohola Heiau Nat'l Historic Site, HI
   San Antonio Missions Nat'l Hist. Park, TX
   Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ
   Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ
   Washington Monument
   White Sands National Monument, NM
   Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, AK
   Wright Brothers National Memorial in NC
   Yellowstone National Park, WY
   Yosemite National Park, CA

United States, Cities and Places
   The Alamo, TX
   Alaska Wildlife Conservation Cntr.
   Alpine Loop in CO
   Anchorage, AK
   Antares Junction, AZ
   Arctic Circle, AK
   Barrel Oak Winery in VA
   Biloxi, MS
   Bottle Tree Farm in CA
   Calico Ghost Town, CA
   Canfield Mountain Trail System, ID
   Cape St. Vincent, NY
   Carson City, NV
   Carter Caves State Park in KY
   Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, CA
   Child's Glacier, AK
   Circle B Chuckwagon Show in SD
   City Museum in MO
   Cody, WY
   Corn Palace in SD
   Crazy Horse Memorial in SD
   Custer State Park, SD
   Dalton Highway, AK
   Dinosaur Tracks in AZ
   Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC
   Dry Falls (Sun Lakes-Dry Falls), WA
   Fairbanks, AK
   Front Royal, VA
   Gallup, NM
   Goffs, CA
   Grand Canyon Caves, AZ
   Grand Canyon Skywalk, AZ
   Grave Digger Monster Truck in NC
   Great Salt Lake, UT
   Hackberry General Store in AZ
   Hannibal, MO
   Hatteras Island, NC
   Hawaii (Big Island)
   Hickison Petroglyphs, NV
   Holbrook, AZ
   Hole in the Rock, UT
   Homer, AK
   Honey Island Swamp Tour in LA
   Hoover Dam, NV
   Hyder, AK
   Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. in AZ
   John’s Peak OHV Area, OR
   Kailua-Kona, HI
   Keepers of the Wild Nature Park in AZ
   Kennecott, AK
   Kennecott Copper Mine in UT
   Kingman, AZ
   Lake Havasu, AZ
   Lake Tahoe, NV
   Las Vegas, NV (winter 2010)
   Little Brown Church in IA
   London Bridge in AZ
   Loneliest Road in America, Hwy. 50, NV
   Los Angeles, CA
   Lost Colony Show on Roanoke Isl., NC
   Lowe’s Speedway in NC
   Mardi Gras World in LA
   Mark Twain Museum in MO
   Meteor Crater, AZ
   Million Dollar Highway, CO
   Minnesota Zoo
   Mitchell, SD
   Moab, UT
   Moab, UT (dirt biking)
   Montgomery, AL
   Montpelier, ID
   Navajo Nation, AZ
   Needles, CA
   Nevada Beach, NV
   Newberry Springs, CA
   New River Gorge, WV
   New Orleans, LA
   Niagara Falls 
   North Pole, AK
   Oatman, AZ
   Old Faithful Geyser in WY
   Omak Stampede, WA
   Painted Desert, AZ
   Park City, UT (summer)
   Plymouth, NC
   Portage Valley, AK
   Portland, OR
   Prospect OHV Trail System, OR
   Resaca, GA
   Riverside State Park, WA
   Rock City in TN
   Rosa Parks Library and Museum in AL
   Roswell, NM
   Russian River, AK
   Salt Lake City, UT
   San Antonio, TX
   San Diego, CA
   San Juan Islands, WA
   San Francisco, CA
   Santa Catalina Island, CA
   Seattle, WA
   Sedona, AZ
   Shoe Tree in CA
   Shoe Tree in NV
   Silverton, CO
   Sonora, TX
   St. Louis, MO
   St. Paul, MN
   Talkeetna, AK
   Telluride, CO
   Route 66
   Twin Knobs Recreation Area in KY
   Virginia Beach, VA
   Washington D.C.
   Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in IL
   Williamsburg, VA
   Winom Frazier OHV Area, OR
   Winslow, AZ
   Zion National Park, UT

Planning Our Adventures

For us, each journey begins with the initial heart pangs to venture to a certain part of the world. Then the ideas start coming together . . . ahh, the possibilities . . . and the dream evolves gradually into an actual plan. But, oh, the joy of the dream!  Click here to learn more about how we plan and prepare for our journeys.

Where Are We Now?

Click here to discover where we are now, as well as our uncoming travel plans.


Words for the Heart

“. . . and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin