As a youngster, our
neighbor owned a small airplane and on occasion he would take
one of my sisters or me with him when he needed to fly someplace
fairly close by to pick up a mold quickly. I remember him
letting me "steer" the wheel at times. I really thought I
was flying the plane and I loved it. Also, my
great-grandfather lived across from the Winchester airport and
on visits I would sit on the white fence and watch the planes
take off and land! Flight has always been a mystery to me
and a love.
my first time in a BIG airplane was in 1967 on our class trip to
Washington D.C., Annapolis and New York City. Now that was
also discovered on that trip I loved "traveling". Seeing
local sights, tasting new foods, meeting the people, staying in
hotels were all so fascinating to me.
Fortunately for me
in 1975 I was offered a job as a travel agent in a small agency
in Syracuse, Indiana. I had no idea what exactly that
meant but they were willing to train me. Within a few
months I was hooked! Even if I didn't go to all these
places as I planned trips for people I learned about them.
It was "almost" as if I was going along for the ride. This
career has taken me to many corners of the world providing the
opportunity to meet wonderful people everywhere while
experiencing their cultures.
I've picked out some photos to share with
you. I'm not a photographer but my pictures hold many fond
memories of beautiful places and people. I hope you enjoy
my journeys a little, but most of all, I hope you've created
some of your own over the years.
Mark Twain said "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and
narrow-mindedness". The more I travel the more I believe
this to be true.
Mike and I on our first cruise in 1978 with our dining room
fishing on the Bering Sea in 1980 in Nome, Alaska.
Mexico in 1983. There were only 5 hotels along the
Caribbean Sea. Today, that strip of beach has more than 35
Missouri introduced us to the Oak Ridge Boys and the beautiful
Orleans' French Quarter with the tasteful beignets.
Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate in 1989
shortly after it was opened for traffic
the east to the west.
Jamaica in 1978 rowing down the river along the sugar cane
Andrews, Scotland offers golf like no where else.
Bora, Tahiti with its reefs surrounding all the islands and aqua
introduced me to walking "on fire" barefoot without burning your
of the Seas and me! Gives you a perspective of the size of
a cruise ship. Today's ships are even bigger.
Hawaii and me in the water along Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head
in the background.
Hawaii as I view the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, from
my seat in the helicopter as we hover above it!
Australia with me feeding the "roos".
The Sydney Opera House is a most spectacular
Arizona offers red "rocks" where ever you look with desert at
China in the Forbidden City. A palace with999 rooms and
only one male allowed within its gates, the King.
Great Wall of China and me reaching over 2,500 miles.
Xian China and the Terra Cotta Warriors first discovered in 1974
by a local farmer getting water from his well. They've
unearthed 3 pits with
one being the largest with 2,500 Life-Sized soldiers with their
horses from the Qin Dynasty. An unbelievable site and
Greece and the Acropolis at the very top of the picture.
Mykonos, Greece with the famous windmills in the background and
Mike, Margie and me at a cafe. I believe Andy took the
picture. We celebrated our 50th birthdays together in
England with their prehistoric monument/ruin and no clear
purpose for the being or how they got there.
Palace in London covered with flowers for Princess Diana.
I was there during her funeral on my way to a convention in
Princess Diana's casket as it passed us on the way to
Basilica in Montreal, Canada as I opened ASTA's (American
Society of Travel Agents) 2005 World Travel Congress. I
chaired this event for our organization with 4,000 delegates
from over 100 countries. This event was the highlight of
Biltmore Estate in Ashville N.C. and a "road" trip for Margie
and me...celebrating yet another birthday! Maybe I should
stay away from her, she's making me old!! Only kidding,
Panama Canal crossing with a view from our ship as we went
through the locks and a ship behind us and beside us. This
is something you must SEE.
Glazier, Alaska standing on the glazier near a huge water
crevice...yes, I had to take another helicopter to get there.
The only way to experience it.
Island, Chile offers the Moai statues. This tiny island
has over 400 Moai sculpted from one volcano and transported all
over the island. The largest is 75 tons and 33 feet tall.
No one knows for sure why they were made or how they got them to
so many places throughout the island.
Arizona's Apache Lake, along the Apache Trail. It is 22
miles of dirt road stretching through the Superstition Mountain
Range just outside Phoenix and the views are worth the trip!
Jordan should be familiar to all the INDIANA JONES fans.
They call this building the Treasury. This country offers
biblical sites such as Mt. Nebo, the Dead Sea and the Wadi Rum
Desert where the movie of Laurence of Arabia was filmed years
I still want to visit a few places in Africa,
take the train across Siberia and China and return to Mykonos,
Greece for their prawns and wine. My list of where I want
to travel never gets any shorter as there is always another
place I want to experience. My favorite place is usually
the last place I visited. Again, I am thankful for this
career path. It is everything I could have imagined and
Travel is about the destination, as well as the journey!