Introducing my travel blog

Do you want to know what I’m up to on my travels? Read my blog. That’s the theory.

I have had a blog before. I have been awful about writing. I’ve been on trips before and have been awful about posting photos and updates in a timely manner. I hope to make things different on this trip.

I tried to do a little preliminary practice to learn how to upload photo galleries, create and update posts, etc, but I don’t promise that I will do this correctly right out of the gate. For people interested in my travels, there are a few areas you might find interesting.

First, I will be blogging as I travel, and the home page should have the most recent 3-5 posts. If you want to delve further back than that, there is a “Blog Archives” dropdown on the menu.

Second, there is a cool itinerary page called 2017 Travel Map. I have mapped my tentative itinerary and will make alterations as plans change. If you scroll to the bottom of the map, there will be a city list of the rough itinerary. It will show both past history and future plans. Theoretically, I will be able to link relevant blog posts to the map. We’ll see how that goes.

Third, I will post photo galleries as I go and link to (or embed) the relevant gallery from any given blog post.

Finally, I may start rambling about random topics, that are only tangentially related to my travels.

Please let me know if there are things I can do to improve the usability of the site. I’m not sure exactly how to let me know – I think there’s a contact link somewhere.

Anyway – got to get finishing packing. The flight leaves in less than 10 hours. Yikes.

The Eclipse!

Don’t have a lot of time to write right now, since I’m getting ready to leave the country tomorrow. Aaarrrggghh – tomorrow. Already. Yikes. Well, I’m getting off topic. More on that in a post later today or tomorrow.

This is a brief inaugural post of my new blog. Pete, Erin and I went down to Princeton, KY (via Evansville, IN, where we stayed Sunday night) to see the solar eclipse within the band of totality!

In brief – it was AWESOME! Freaky. Crickets started chirping en mass at 1:20 in the afternoon as though it were twilight. I looked at the sun! I looked at it chomping up the moon like pacman on a dot. The people in the Princeton First Baptist Church parking lot came from all over the place and were, for one brief shiny moment, one big, giggly, geeky family.

The long journey home was surreal. Depending on how you calculate it, between 11 and 13 hours for a 5 hr 45 min trip.

Not sure how this works but I will attempt to include a pretty lame photo gallery below. Pete and Erin took the best photos and videos. I’ll see if I can add a couple more here.

Eclipse 2017

These were taken in and around Princeton, Kentucky on Aug 21, 2017 during the Total Solar Eclipse. I hope to add some of Pete's and more of Erin's photos later.

Pete's Totality photo through the telescope
Credit: Peter Pollack, Photographer
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