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In the summer of my tenth year, I traveled to the east coast of Canada where my grandparents lived.  It was a wonderful summer, and in several ways it changed my life.  When I returned to Detroit I discovered that I had out-grown the neighborhood of my early childhood.

Then in the summer of my twelfth year, my parents gave my younger sister and me a very special treat. We motored west from Detroit to a magic kingdom in California called Disneyland. I was the one year anniversary of that special place. 

The experience of Disneyland was clearly fun for a 12-year-old, but it was the trip that had a real influence on me.  It was another defining event in my life, and because of my exposure to the diverse geography of the USA, I was motivated to give up city life and experience life in the wide open spaces.  Seeing the USA at ground level, and not from 35,000 feet as most folks see it today, changed my point of view.  It also brought out the gypsy in my soul. 

Those who know me might argue that I never actually grew up, and that could be true.  If it is, I wear it like a badge of honor, because I have never lost my love for travel, or for the promise of adventure, but it is the journey of discovery that really motivates me.  I am also motivated by the desire to share what I discover, and that is the inspiration for this website.  My goal is to keep updating it as often as possible, but no matter what, it will always be the place for a unique point of view.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back often, and tell your friends about what you experienced here.  I value your input, so please subscribe, and also let me know what’s on your mind.

–Jim