Our group outing for the week was a snorkeling trip. My coworker, Denise, who planned our entire trip because she’s awesome, had reserved for us a super fancy-schmancy boat. I think that the first time anyone invites you on a boat trip, most people picture some sort of yacht and end up in a rusted out rowboat, so over the years, you learn to curb your expectations, boat-wise. But this boat was a very excellent boat, with a big comfortable deck and mats and beanbags to sprawl out on.
Back in April, I spent two weeks in Belize. The first week was a meetup with my coworkers, and it was on the island of San Pedro, which is one of the two main tourist islands off of Ambergris Caye (the other being Caye Caulker). We had a small lodge (Sundiver Lodge) to ourselves — nine of us were there, plus the staff.Continue reading “San Pedro, Belize”
The last stop of our trip was Albuquerque, where Mom had gone to college. We had a fantastic time there, visiting with one of my coworkers, eating a ton of New Mexican food, riding the Tramway, and exploring the city. Continue reading “Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos”
After leaving the Grand Canyon, we drove for what felt like days through the Navajo reservation. I know this isn’t news, but the US sure did screw the Navajo. I’d never been on a reservation before, and it is just miles and miles of nothing. Boiling hot sun on dirt, and not so much as a tree to be seen. We got to the little town of Chinle in the evening. Continue reading “Canyon de Chelly”
Our next destination was the Chiricahua National Monument, near Willcox, Arizona. When we drove into the park, we were disappointed to find the looming mountains to either side of the car almost entirely shrouded in mist. Chiricahua is packed with eerie towering rock formations, resulting from hardened volcanic ash from an eruption millions of years ago. Continue reading “Chiricahua National Monument”
Last November, my Mom and I went on a two-week car trip around the Southwest. It was something we’d been saying we were going to do for forever, and it was starting to look like something we’d keep saying we were going to do forever, so I was like, “these two weeks.” And Mom was like, “Well, or maybe in the spring.” And I was like, “No. These two weeks.”
Last November, my team at work had a meetup in San Francisco (are you detecting a theme to my travels these days)? My company is technically headquartered in San Francisco, so it’s a popular spot for meetups. This was the first time I’d ever been there. Continue reading “San Francisco”