Tuesday, July 04, 2006


The house I grew up in had miles and miles of forest behind it, and I spent many a weekend day mastering it; perhaps that is why I like to explore.

Until recently, I didn't travel that much. I had a few jaunts here and there, but had never been to any states west of the Mississippi (except part of California). A new job provided me with this opportunity. Here's a map of the states I have been to now (not counting airports).

In a few months I'll have knocked off Nevada, New Mexico, and Minnesota as well.
I've enjoyed traveling and getting to know the "world" outside of the Mid-Atlantic corrider. Being exposed to different people, settings, and lifestyles is important to understanding ourselves, it expands our frame of reference and helps to build empathetic connections.

I also like to travel because I enjoy taking photos of the places I've been to; partly because it reminds me what they looked like, and partly to help remind me how I felt when I was there. For that reason I don't Photoshop my pictures, I guess.

Here's a few pictures I've taken over the past ~1 year since getting my digital camera. The location of each picture is also given.

Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

lava tube, black sand beach, Hana Hwy, Maui, Hawaii

Francis Scott Key Bridge, Georgetown, Washington, DC

The Breakers Mansion, Newport, Rhode Island

Rt. 36, Boulder, Colorado