This is my vacation, and you're welcome to it.
Well, not awfully long ago, I traversed the northeast United States, visiting New England and seeing the intense fall colors for the first time. I've lived in the southeast U.S. all my life, I'd been to the southwest several times since my aunt, uncle, and cousins live in southern California, I'd lived two years in the midwest (Michigan) while attending my last two years of college, and whatever region you prefer to call Colorado, I've been there too.
Suffice to say, I was quite excited to finally tour the northwest region. My parents and I first flew to southern California to visit the family there, including my oldest cousin's new baby, Ashlyn Rose (pictures of her will follow); then to Washington where my brother and his wife live; then the five of us spent a weekend in Victoria, British Columbia; then my parents and I spent several days out in Yellowstone National Park; then our last stop back in Washington was a trip with the five of us in addtion to my brother's in-laws to Mount St. Helens.
Thus, if memory serves correctly, the only states I have left to visit are North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Alaska, and Hawai'i.
Until the day comes that I can report a visit to those states (and/or overseas countries), I offer you this pictorial chronicle of my 1999 vacation. The photo quality is vastly improved compared to my New England photos since they all came from Kodak Picture CDs. We didn't keep a written journal this time, so the descriptions are filled in simply from memory.
Speaking of these photos, I should point out that there more than 120 totaling around 5 megabytes. If you wish to stop at any point and come back later, temporarily bookmark the current URL you stopped at. Also, anywhere that I've created a link to some other web site that relates to the particular photo, I made them open in a new browser window so that you don't lose your place.
Also AvailableMy previous vacation, a 1997 trip through New England, is also online in its older form, albeit as a slow-to-navigate, one-picture-per-page click-through.
Before we begin with the northeast vacation photos, I've kept this tidbit of humor we found at the Reversing Falls Restaurant in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, during the New England vacation. The rules still apply:
Ten Commandments for Tourists
- Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou has them at home, for thou has left home to find things different.
- Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is the beginning of a fine holiday.
- Thou shalt not let other tourists get on thy nerves, for thou art paying out good money to enjoy thyself.
- Remember to take only half the clothes thou thinks thou need--and twice the money.
- Know at all times where thy passport is, for a person without a passport is a person without a country.
- Remember that if we had been expected to stay in one place, we would have been created with roots.
- Thou shalt not worry, for he that worrieth hath no pleasures--few things are ever fatal.
- When in Rome, thou shalt be prepared to do somewhat as the Romans do.
- Thou shalt not judge the people of a country by one person who hast given thee trouble.
- Remember thou art a guest in other lands, and he that treateth his host with respect shall be honoured.
So without further ado, sit back with mouse in hand and come along for a virtual trip through the northwest United States and British Columbia through my eyes. "Are we there yet!?"
Enough preamble already! Let's get it on!