After doing mapping work in Qatar for three years, I moved back to the U.S. in March 2016. I loved working and living in Qatar
but it was time to go home. After returning to Portland, I bought a new truck and left on an eight-month road trip around America.
As a geographer I've always been interested in what I call "extreme geography," such as the northernmost point, the highest
city and the lowest lake. Each of my road trips has a theme (like "family history" for my 2001 road trip around America),
so I decided that the theme of my 2016 road trip would be Extreme Geography. My goal was to visit as many extreme geographic sites in
America as possible. I also wanted to become the first person to visit all 16 extreme geographic compass points in the contiguous United
States, such as the westernmost and southeasternmost points.
I'd been posting entries on DelsJourney.com for 15 years, making it one of the longest-running personal websites on the Internet, but I
decided to create a new website to document my 2016 trip around America. I called my new website
www.ExtremeGeographer.com and have been posting stories there ever since, so take a look if you'd like to know what I've been up to lately.
But don't worry, I plan to keep DelsJourney.com posted for many more years. After all, just like Snoopy in my very first entry (see
News: April 5, 2001), I'm still trying to write the Great American Novel. I'll let you
know when it's finished.