Greetings from Hell: My long overdue return to Florida.

Twenty three years after I left Florida for my career, it was time to return to my adopted hometown.Continue readingGreetings from Hell: My long overdue return to Florida.

Guerneville, CA: Get away from everything (including cell coverage).

Not every vacation destination we choose is some exotic location in a far-flung corner of the globe. Sometimes, we’re just too lazy to make proper travel plans.

Clearwater Beach: Where the sand’s as white as the people who go there.

A quick 20-minutes west of Tampa, Florida lies a full two-and-a-half miles of cocaine-white sand named Clearwater Beach. It’s an easily accessible, subtropical paradise that makes everyone who visits forget their troubles, worries and — judging from the tourists we saw — their fashion sense.

Redding, California: It’s close to a lot of other, better places to visit.

A famous architect designed a bridge in Reading and that was enough reason to go there.

Hawai‘i, The Big Island: Probably not the Hawai‘i you’re thinking of.

When we first made plans to go to Hawai‘i, we didn’t know much about the place, like the fact that you put an upside-down apostrophe between the last two ‘i’s. But we’d been to Honolulu before and thought we’d gotten the gist of the 50th state: Hot sun, lots of flora and fauna, sprawling beaches, bars and Barcaloungers. So it came as a shock when our plane touched down in the Proterozoic Era.

San Jaun, PR: Where so many speak Spanish, you think you’re in California.

We spent a week in the not-so-exotic — but still technically foreign — Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Calistoga, CA: How we spent our 6th anniversary. And I do mean “spent.”

Commemorating our mutual reticence to belly-flop back into the dating pool, my wife and I spent our 6th wedding anniversary at a quaint, NorCal B&B for a few days of well-deserved R&R. Instead, we got the motivation to get back to work and make enough money to pay off the whole damn adventure. Located in…

Alaska, the final frontier: These are the voyages of the cruise ship Mercury.

An Alaskan cruise offers benefits not found on most vacations, “sailing to Alaska” for one. And that’s important since I would probably never drive there.

Costanoa, California: If you hate camping, you’ll love this place.

It was that time of year again. So we had to think of something to do for our fifth anniversary and, since life had been going along pretty well up until now, we thought “Hey, let’s screw it up by going camping!” Now, both Amy and I had camped as kids, but we quickly wised…