SUMMER OF 1973

I started working when I was 12 years old: giving music lessons, babysitting, retail at Montgomery Wards, and playing the organ at the mall during Christmas season.

By the time I graduated from high school I’d saved enough to buy a modern digital clock radio and a one-way airline ticket to St. Louis.

That summer I camped out on the sofa of a friend of the sister of my second cousin to my great-uncle Herman, heard Crosby Stills Nash & Young through the haze of blue smoke in a park across the river from St. Louis, and road lots of Greyhound buses.

I learned to drink German beer at The Blind Lemon on Beatnik Alley in Cincinnati, rolled cigars on a tobacco farm in southwestern Virginia, and watched my uncle and his buddies make moonshine at an “undisclosed location” in the Kentucky hills.

I gambled on the horses at Keeneland in Lexington, shucked oysters on Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico, heard great jazz in New Orleans, and somehow ended up safely back home.

I’ve had an insatiable wanderlust ever since.  I’ve explored Alaska from the Kenai Peninsula to the Arctic Circle, ridden horses on Makaha Beach in Hawaii, and have taken road trips through all but a handful of the continental states.

I’ve lived in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, California, a country village north of London, South Dakota, New Mexico, and a tiny island in the Gulf of Mexico.

I’ve kayaked the San Juan Islands with the orcas, skied Canada, hiked Scotland, and been scuba diving in Belize and Honduras.  I’ve driven through Mexico, England, Wales, and Ireland.

I’ve even flown over the Sahara Desert at sunrise on my way home from living with a Zulu tribe in South Africa.

Travel is the best education available.  And I’m NOT DONE YET.

There are still a few adventures to check off my itinerary in life: New England in the fall, a cruise around the world, India, Greece, the Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul … and hopefully a return trip to Africa; one with a happier ending.

And I’m open for suggestions!  My passport is always current.  Give me an hour and I can be packed to go anywhere.  Want a travel companion?  Call me.