Traveling to places around the world has helped shape my world view and given me ideas which inform and influence my design projects.
In 1988 I went on a trip to Europe for 3 weeks with the high school band, then in college spent a semester in China in 1990. From 1997-2005 I worked 7 seasons as support crew for the United States Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station. During the off seasons I would spend part of the time traveling and have been to all 7 continents. Since that time I have continued to travel when I can, most often to Spain where my wife studies Spanish on her summers off from teaching.
In February 2016 I took a 10 day trip to Jordan. In June I flew to Dublin where I spent a few days before heading south to Granada, Spain for 2 weeks. From Granada, on to southern England to take “Historic Lime Plasters and Renders”, a 2 day course at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester.
In 2017 I traveled to Italy, Spain, and Morocco. I spent 5 days in Italy (Venice, Volterra, Florence) before heading to Granada where my wife was studying, then we went on to spend a long weekend in Morocco.
In 2018 I will be back in Granada for 2 weeks, then have 4 days in England to visit the Weald and Downland Museum and Brighton.
I’m often haphazard in taking photos and getting them organized. As you will see, I take lots of photos of architectural details:
Italy 2017. Its hard to take a bad photo in Venice:
I stayed in Pensione Seguso seen below, and the boat is seem from my window:
Leaded glass at the pensione:
The trains are great!
Stopped over a couple hours in Colle di Val d’Elsa to wait on the next bus to Volterra.
Spent 3 days in Volterra, a town which has history back to Etruscan times.
I spent a bit extra to get a top floor room with a balcony which was good for getting some of the next shots:
LA trip 2014 to see Ryan and Ezra. Karen ran the LA marathon in much hotter than usual temps.