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Home > Previous Roadtrips > 1990-1994

 

Previous Road Trips:

1990 - 1994

 

 

In late 1989, I moved to Eugene, Oregon and worked for a transportation planning firm, my first "professional" job (though it paid peanuts).  The following year, I moved to Portland and landed a position with Parsons Brinckerhoff, a worldwide engineering consulting firm and for the next 10 years, I worked for PB as a transportation planner and mapping specialist.  Having a lifelong interest in traveling, the position was a natural for me and I really enjoyed my work.  

 

Unfortunately, though, having a "real" job with only two weeks of vacation per year (later three) dramatically reduced my traveling opportunities.  I made the most of it, though, by taking road trips throughout the West in 1991 and 1992.  The following year, I drove back to Madison, Wisconsin, then followed the historic Oregon Trail west to Portland, on this, the 150-year anniversary of the Trail.  In 1994, I spent a week kayaking in Washington's Puget Sound and another week driving through scenic Jasper and Banff National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.

 

My Road Trips:  1990 - 1994

 

    

Above left:  A sod house and covered wagon at Fort Kearny, Nebraska on the Oregon Trail.  In 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed, making use of the Oregon Trail (and covered wagons) obsolete.

Above right:  Clouds obscure Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia.  At 12,973', Mt. Robson is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies.  This Provincial Park is a gateway to Jasper and Banff National Parks, which contain some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on the continent.

 

Previous Road Trips:

Road Trips: 1980 - 1984

Road Trips: 1985 - 1989

Road Trips: 1990 - 1994

Road Trips: 1995 - 1999