COMING SOON: The travel journal for out latest adventure, a trip to the Caribbean island of Dominica, should be ready by the end of May, 2006. In the meantime, you can look at the Dominica photo galleries.
December 2005, Joel's company, Ab Initio Software Corp., goes to
Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands for a quick 3 day site seeing trip to celebrate the
company's 10th anniversity. There is a small journal with stories from the trip, and 194 photographs
of tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, birds, flowers, people and other stuff.
July 2004, Daphne and Joel celebrate their 20th wedding
anniversary with a two week trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Four nights at Petit
Byahaut on St. Vincent, five nights on the sailboat Fortitude snorkling among the islands of the
Grenadines, and four nights relaxing at the Petit St. Vincent resort. "Within these pages, you will
read all about the trip -- the good, the bad and the ugly. You will learn all the details you need
to know about the basics including sections on eating, drinking, sleeping, washing clothes and even
using the toilet." Plus almost 500 wonderful pictures.
August 2003, Mother and daugther take a 100 mile trip hiking
the Long Trail in Vermont. "I've become a mud connoisseur. The worst mud is when it is hard
packed underneath with a thin veneer of water on the top. When you step, your foot slips out from
under you since you have no traction. The second worst is the really deep mud that has a thin
coating of light colored clay on top. It almost looks like it is a rock, but when you stop there you
sink - SQUISH. But today we had the perfect mud. It was almost dry and chunky. When you step on it,
it holds its form .... Perfect mud. I never knew there was such a thing before this trip."
June 2003, The family takes a four day private raft trip down
the Green River in Nothwest Colorado and Utah. We are joined by Daphne's side of the family
and some Clark family friends. "The Green River is a great place to be introduced to rafting. The
stardard rafting trip is relatively short, only 4 days, and though there are rapids, none are
particualarly dangerous. My kids had yet be on a raft trip longer than one day, so it was time."
April 2003, Once again Donna invites her daughters to Canyon
Ranch for five days of exercise, healthy food, tired muscles, massages and bonding. The girls week
out, but we missed Erin who couldn't join us this time.
December 2002, we head to Mexico for a family reunion.
"The villa would be rented from Saturday to Saturday, but our family had to leave on Wednesday so
the kids could get back to school. I told both of them that they could take a couple of days off of
school, but they wouldn't. So we decided to come a couple of days early and spend a little time in
July 2002, We went sailing in the Virgin Islands just the two of
us. We did a lot of snorkeling. "One side of the Indians has a small channel you go through and you
end up in a 'room' that has an archway about 8' or so down. The tunnel is about as long as it is
deep. Huge schools of little minis glitzed about. And the coral is technicolor. A very magical
spot. . ."
July 2001, We head to Hawaii for a family reunion. "The
place was misty and the fern trees were dripping, though no rain actually fell. There was no view at
all from the overlook as we started down. It was enchanting hiking in a rain forest with the trees
dripping and mist swirling around. As we started to descend into the crater, the mists started to
part. The base of the crater was steaming . . . "
April 2001, Donna invites her daughter and two
daughter-in-laws (c'est moi!) to Canyon Ranch, Arizona for a week of exercise, healthy food,
tired muscles, massages and bonding. The girls week out!
December 2000, Joel and I take an unexpected romatic 6 day
vacation in the US Virgin Islands. "When we got to the cay we swam around to the back and,
wow, it was beautiful. Probably my favorite part was the huge schools of small fish, maybe 1-3
inches long. They are glittery blue and silver. They let you swim right into their school and it is
like swimming with a million jewels with the sun glinting off them . . . "
April 2000, we rented a house in Eleuthera with some
friends of ours. "As we lazed about I saw a large something jump out of the water about 30 yards
past the little buoys in the bay. We debated what it might be. I was thinking it was an eagle ray,
since we had seen them already and had read in one of my books that they sometimes jump out of the
water. It seemed the right size. We watched the spot a bit more and found out there were actually
two dolphins playing in the water . . . "
May-June 1999, our Grand Canyon journal describes our 18
day private rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. "I have over looked the canyon from the rim only
once in my life. From the rim you see its architecture in full glory, but something of the canyon
itself is missing with just this view. There is no intimacy with the canyon itself. Everything is at
arms distance. Seeing it from the rim is like viewing the painting of a great master. Rafting it is
like painting it yourself . . ."