Our Vacations

Last updated: 18 August 2023

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Title Places Visited
Australia, New Zealand - 2023 [NEW!] Observatories, museums, zoos, Hobbiton, and much more.
California - 2022 We visited the Wayfarer's Chapel, El Matador State Beach, California Yacht Club, Griffith Observatory, LA Central Library, Los Angeles Zoo, LA City Hall, Japanese American National Museum, Disneyland, California Science Center, Westwood Village Memorial Park, Mt Wilson Observatory, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, and the Norton Simon Museum.
Utah - 2019 We attended the Westercon Science Fiction Convention in Layton, UT. After that we visited the Zoo, Botanical Garden, and Museum in Salt Lake City. We ended the trip with 2 evenings and 2 days at Arches National Park.
California - 2018 The main purpose of this vacation trip was to attend the Worldcon Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, CA. In the days following the Convention we visited the San Francisco Zoo, the Walt Disney Family Museum, Apple Park Visitor Center, Lick Observatory, the Oakland Zoo, and the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.
Laurraine's 50th High School Reunion - 2017 We attended Laurraine's 50th High School Reunion in Pittsford, New York, 7-8 October 2017. Besides seeing her classmates, we took a boat ride on the Erie Canal in Pittsford.
Total Solar Eclipse Trip - 2017 To and from the Total Solar Eclipse on 21 August we visited National Butterfly Center and Quinta Mazatlán in McAllen, TX; Space Center Houston, Houston Zoo, some friends in Houston (before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston); US Space & Rocket Center and the Von Braun Astronomical Society and observatory in Huntsville, AL; some sights around Nashville, TN, the Total Solar Eclipse in Hopkinsville, KY; friends in Yukon, OK; and the Bubonicon science fiction convention in Albuquerque, NM.
Mike's 50th High School Reunion Trip - 2016 Road trip to New Mexico, Missouri, and Indiana. Visits to the Very Large Array (VLA) National Radio Observatory; Vaile Mansion; Harry S. Truman Library and Museum; Louisville Zoo, Kentucky; Seymour, Indiana; Indiana University, and Bubonicon science fiction convention.
Northwest - 2015 Road trip to California, Washington, Idaho, and Utah. Mt Lassen, World Science Fiction Convention, Craters of the Moon and Grand Staircase National Monuments.
Albuquerque, NM - 2014 Sightseeing around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM, and Bubonicon science fiction convention.
Oregon & Washington - 2013 Visit to Oregon and Washington states: Flower gardens, Japanese garden, aviation and space museum, other sights in Oregon and Washington.
Washington State - 2012 Visit to Washington state: Fourth of July Air Show, Westercon 65, Tacoma Zoo, with stop in Oceanside, California for the OPT "Southern California Astronomy Expo" (SCAE).
USA East Coast - 2012 Road trip, with visits and sightseeing in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Missouri.
Yellowstone National Park - 2011 Visit to Yellowstone National Park in Winter, with stops at Sedona, AZ; part of the Grand Canyon; Bryce Canyon, UT; Wyoming Dinosaur Center; Buffalo Bill Historial Center; and our return back home.
Los Angeles, CA - 2010 Los Angeles Zoo, Westercon Science Fiction Convention, July 4th Fireworks, Huntington Library & Gardens.
USA - 2008 Petrified Forest, Mesa Verde, Cave of the Winds, Figure Skating Museum, Garden of the Gods, Miscellaneous, World Science Fiction Convention.
USA - 2007 Wyoming & Indiana, 354th Rejoin & US Air Force Museum, IU, Mr Patton, Hannibal MO, Eisenhower Library, Capulin Volcanic National Monument, Meteor Crater.
USA West Coast - 2006 Mono & Lundy Lakes, Crater Lake, Shakespeare Festival, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Seattle, Science Fiction Museum, Crescent City, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Arizona - 2005 Desert Museum, Biosphere 2, Botanical Gardens, Zoo, Miscellaneous, Mt Lemmon.
Santa Cruz Island - 2004 One day visit to Santa Cruz Island, off the California coast.
Arizona - 2004 Westercon Science Fiction Convention, Challenger Center, Fourth of July Fireworks, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Titan Missle Silo Museum, Tumacarori Mission, Flying in Cessna 140, Saguaro National Park.
Alaska and Cruise - 2003
Flying to Anchorage & Fairbanks, Denalia National Park & Preserve, Husky Homestead, Talkeetna, Mt McKinley Flight, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Road to Seward, ms Statendam, College Fjord, Glacier Bay & John Hopkins Inlet, Sitka, Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords Flight, Vancouver.
USA West Coast - 2002 Washington state, Seattle Zoo, Dick Seymour, World Science Fiction Convention.
USA East Coast - 2001 New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Williamsburg VA, Jamestown VA, Carter's Grove VA, Washington National Zoo, Alexandria VA, Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Hall, Edgar Allen Poe Historic Site, World Science Fiction Convention.
Hawaii - 2000 Westercon Science Fiction Convention, Oahu, Hawaii, Maui.
Australia - 1999 Sydney, Cairns, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Melbourne, World Science Fiction Convention.
USA/Canada East Coast - 1998 Niagara Falls, Toronto Zoo.
Carlsbad, NM - 1996 Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains.

Some other trips you might find interesting:

Visit to Observatories

Universal Studio - May 2007

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum - December 2006

Death Valley - November 2006

Sea World San Diego - October 2005

San Diego Zoo VIP Tour - March 2004

Disneyland - May 2001

Disneyland California Adventure - February 2001

Disneyland - July 2000

Las Vegas, NV - 1999

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