North America

Traveling around North America

Pawnee Pass

The hike to Pawnee Pass traverses vibrant, varied terrain en route to spectacular views atop the Continental Divide. Two lakes, innumerable streams, abundant wildflowers and extended alpine-tundra travel make t... Read More...

Carnaval Brasilerio 2005

One of the many things I love about Austin is the annual Carnaval Brasilerio festival that goes on every February. It's a huge Samba party thats been going on for about 30 years now, and it's pretty much the ... Read More...

Fire school

Before we head down to the South Pole, the winter-over crew attends a week of fire training in Denver.  This was a blast!  It was a hugely physical class where we learned how to do just about everything that wo... Read More...

Chinchorro reef

My third annual trip to the Yucatan peninsula was by far the most amazing.  Once again, I went with the Austin Scuba Club, but this time there were only three of us. Having fewer people made it so much easier t... Read More...

Halloween 2000

Another Halloween has come and gone, which of course meant drunken debauchery in Austin! This year I went as a perverted priest. Lots of fun to be had with a costume as naughty as that one! We went out at least... Read More...

Mexico again!

 Back in Mexico again with the Austin Scuba Club.  It's another great dive trip, and its even better than the last one.  The main difference is that I'm MUCH more comfortable in the water now.  I've be... Read More...

Mardi Gras 2000

Mardi Gras is always an amazing street party in Austin.  This year there were a few police issues where the local force decided that they were going to demonstrate who was really in charge. Despite the cancel... Read More...

Carnaval Brasileiro 2000

Every February Austin has its own version of the Carnaval festival in Brazil. It's usually a two night party with samba bands, costumes, cheap beer, and just a great hedonistic time. This year two of my scuba c... Read More...

New Years Eve 2000

Austin exploded in a typical street party for the last day of the 20th century. (Ok, technically not for another year, but it sounds good!) My excellent friends Amy and Brian came down from Lubbock and Dallas t... Read More...

San Francisco

My friend April had a training class in San Francisco, and had decided to take a bit of a vacation afterwards.  She invited me to join her for a tour of the Napa valley and Bay areas.  We spent a long weekend... Read More...