|We started traveling together
about 10 years ago, right after we sold a
business we grew together in Sacramento,
CA. (That was an experience - trying to
work with someone you
love when you both think you're the
boss! It was so dramatic that we wrote a
book about it!)
Our first real adventure
together as married people was in the Baja.
I guess you could say it was our honeymoon
because we went shortly after we got
Anyway, that trip was a
first for both of us and such a sensational
experience in so many ways. First of
all we backpacked! At our age...
Then we jumped on a Mexican bus in Tijuana
and stayed on until we felt like getting
off! At our age...
Eventually we got all the way to Land's End - Cabo
San Lucas. It was so wonderful that we flew
back home, got some clothes, came back and rented a
house on the beach for the rest of the summer in a
little fishing village about an hour and a half
north of Cabo.
The Baja is exquisite - desert and ocean side by
side - wow! It's unspoiled - sure there are
mega resorts, 5 star dining, etc. etc. But get
off the beaten path and you'll see what I mean.
The people are warm - and really, people DO make the
difference when you travel. It is through them
that you really experience the essence of a place.
It's unlimited - there are endless ways to enjoy
yourself, in the water and on the land.
Sailing, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, dune
buggying (is that a word?), golfing, hiking, deep
sea fishing and on and on.
Well, you might think we've never
traveled before and that's why we loved it so much.
Not so. In fact our travels have taken us all
over the world - although we haven't even scratched
the surface yet. But we're working on that
Half the fun of travel is sharing your experiences
with others - you know what I mean. So in 1999
FunTripsLIVE.com, a travel series featuring
popular and not-so-well known highlights and
activities of favorite destinations.
We did this because traveling to us is not about a
tour group, or merely site seeing. It is not a
spectator sport. For us it's about having an
experience, which means local flavor and the people
that make that happen.
To show you what I mean:
Thanks to our daughter-in-law,
who was a medical student at the time, we went
along on a medical missionary boat down
the Amazon to the villages along the banks.
That's local. In New Orleans, we took a cooking
class with one of the great chef's in the city.
He taught us how to make gumbo, pralines and
bread pudding. That's local.
In the Baja, we stayed in a yurt
in a place called Buena Vista. The yurt
had a outdoor tub that faced the Sea of Cortez
and filled up with underground hot springs.
Hidden in the mountains west of Santa Fe, we
discovered hundreds of natural hot springs and
got right in there with the locals taking a
soak. That's very local.
In St. John, Virgin Islands...
In real life, we have to be
grounded - to some degree anyway. Dub is an
artist - he creates unique sculptures and dramatic
textures that rich people put in their homes.
I'm the 'techie' in the team and
do web design and development, web marketing (which
is my favorite thing to do) and freelance writing.
You can see more about me on my
Small Business Web Design Solutions.
So here we are, still living on
the edge, traveling when we can, where we can and
loving the people we meet along the way and those
that log on to come along with us. We'd love for you
join us too.
It's fun. It's an adventure.
It's living large!