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Previous Road Trips:

1985 - 1989

 

 

By 1985, I was still going to graduate school in Wisconsin, having taken a couple of fall sabbaticals in order to travel around North America (O.K., I probably wasn't as serious about graduate school as I should have been, but, hey, us geographers need to travel).  I bought a new Toyota pickup truck in 1985, which I still drive today.  I took my first trip completely around the U.S. that fall and had a blast exploring areas in the East and the South, an area that I hadn't really seen before, and enjoyed visiting friends and relatives.  I learned a lot of tricks about solo traveling during that trip... and about how to stretch a dollar (tricks which I still use today).

 

I finally graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986.  After working again that summer in Colorado as a ranger, I decided to move to Florida for the winter simply because I'd always wanted to live in Florida, so just like Jed Clampett, I packed up my truck in Oregon and drove to Florida.  I didn't know anyone within a thousand miles of Florida but found an apartment in Bradenton, south of Tampa, and got a job at the Bradenton Herald newspaper.  The whole Florida adventure was a lot of fun.  

 

I left Florida after a few months to return west, where I worked as a ranger for two more seasons in Colorado.  I didn't do much road-tripping in 1989 but did sail with my Dad from Alaska to Washington that summer on his 40-foot sailboat, a six-week adventure that we both enjoyed.  By that time, I was ready to get serious about life and maybe, heaven forbid, start a career!

 

My Road Trips:  1985 - 1989

 

       

Above left:  My brand-new and bumperless Toyota pickup truck on its very first cross-country trip, at Zion National Park in Utah.  I've driven this truck for 16 years and have never had an accident or received a ticket.  It still gets 30 miles per gallon, just like when it was new.

Above right:  Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, in the fall of 1985.  Nova Scotia is as far east as you can drive on the North American mainland.  I've driven to Nova Scotia three times now and always underestimate how large it is.  Because of nasty weather, I don't recommend visiting Nova Scotia between early November and early May.

 

Previous Road Trips:

Road Trips: 1980 - 1984

Road Trips: 1985 - 1989

Road Trips: 1990 - 1994

Road Trips: 1995 - 1999