Hostelling across North America
August 4
Cedar Bluff State Park
August 3
Cherakee Lake Campground
St. Louis, MO
August 2
Heart of Ohio Hostel
Columbus, OH
August 1, 2001
Weisel Hostel
Quakertown, PA
August 1
Evansburg State Park Hostel
Collegeville, PA
Road Trip 2001
August 1- October 1
Click  on the dates listed below:
  Places I visited Chronological Order
This page was last updated on: 5/6/2012
Welcome to my web site!  Accompany me on my 21,000 mile, 3 month long road trip of a lifetime!  4/8/00-7/9/00

2nd road trip:  8/1/01-10/1/01

3rd road trip: "Couch Surfing"  11/19/11-12/25/11
(learn more about couch surfing!  It's totally free, they do ask for a donation of $25.00 but it's not required)

Outline of the First Journey (2000)
To the right is a map showing the route that I traveled.  Starting in Massachusetts, I drove down the east coast to the southernmost point of the US--Key West, Florida, drove along the border into Mexico, northward through the deserts of the Southwest, up over the Rocky Mountains, explored the Rain Forest of the northwest, continued up through the unbelievable beauty of British Columbia and the Canadian Yukon, over the 460 miles of the dirt & gravel road called the "Dalton Highway", to the town of Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay on the Artic Ocean in Alaska.  Then drove south to Prince Rupert, BC, and sailed on the "Queen of the North" ferry down through the "Inside Passage" to Vancouver Island and continued the journey homeward across the northern & central states until I reached home in Massachusetts.
For me, this journey was much more than a road trip across the US--it was an unforgettable smorgasbord of experiences, emotions, and memories!
To learn more about what it's like to drive alone across the US & Canada (with very limited funds), and to see the photos I took along the way:

Hold on to your hat ,
and click on the dates below!
Above:  My "Faithful" Kia Sephia crossing the Arctic Circle 6/17/00
I discovered that America is like a great cornucopia------each state a vibrant fruit rich in its own flavor & uniqueness.
Click here: Journal for 2000
Day by Day
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Background and Planning
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Places I visisted
Chronological Order
April 8, 2000
Tyler State Park Hostel
Newtown, PA
April 10 & 11
Hostel in the Forest
Brunswich, GA
April 12
Manatee Hammock Park Campground, Titusville, FL
Kennedy Space Center
April 13 & 14
Everglades Hostel
Florida City (Homestead), FL
Coral Castle
Monkey Jungle
April 15-20
Key West Hostel
Key West, FL
Mallory Square
Hemmingways House
April 20-25
Friend's House in Spring Hill, FL
Lake Okeechobee
Sawgrass Recreation Park
Everglades air boat tour
Weekie Wachie Park
April 26
Meaher State Park Campground
Spanish Fort, LA
April 27
Frenchman's Wilderness Campground
Butte LaRose, LA
French Quarter, New Orleans
April 28
Leisure Camp Campground
Fentress, TX
( Amended )
April 29 & 30
San Antonio Hostel (Bullis House)
San Antonio, TX
Riverwalk, Mad Dog Pub
May 1 ?
Comanche Motel Hostel
Ft. Stockton, TX
Stopped in Acuna, Mexico
May 1, 2 & 3 ?
Drove all night, no sleep
El Paso Hostel (Gardner Hotel)
El Paso, TX
McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mts.,
Marfa Mystery Lights, TX
White Sands, NM
Juarez, Mexico
May 4
Bottomless Lakes Campground
Roswell, NM
Carlsbad Caverns
Brantley Lake
Roswell UFO Museum
Road Trip 2000
April 8 - July 9
May 7
Sandia Mountain Hostel
Cedar Crest, NM
Route 66 Hostel, Albuquerque
May 8
Abominable Snowmansion Hostel
Arroyo Seco (Taos), NM
Rio Grande Gorge
Enchanted Hwy, Sante Fe
Los Alamos
May 9
Durango Hostel,  Durango, CO
May 10
What a day!!!
Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde,CO,
Four Corners, AZ,
Natural Bridges National Park, UT
Canyonlands National Park
Hite's Marina, No Way!
Motel in Hanksville, UT
May 11
Quail Creek State Park Campground
St. George, UT
Mount Zion Nation Park
May 12 & 13
Las Vegas Independent Hostel
Las Vegas, NV
Star Trek: The Experience
May 14
Las Vegas Backpacker's Hostel
Las Vegas, NV
May 22
Camped out near the Area 51 Research Center
Rachel, NV
Little A'le'Inn
May 24
Alpenrose Cottage Hostel
Mount Shasta, CA
May 25
McMenamins Edgefield Hotel/Vineyard Hostel
Troutdale, OR
Mt. St. Helens,
Cold Water Lake
May 26- June 1
Friend Don's House
Sea Tac, WA
June 2
Rainforest Hostel   Forks, WA
Olympic Peninsula
HOH Rain Forest
First glimpse of Pacific Ocean
June 4
Jericho Beach Hostel
Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 5-9
Birch Bay Hostel   Blaine, WA
Peace Arch:  Blaine, WA
Rode on the "Plover"
June 10
Cache Creek Campground
Cache Creek, BC, Canada
Hell's Gate Airtram,
Fraser Pass
June 11
Mile "0" Campground
Dawson Creek, BC, CA
Beginning of Alaska Hwy.
Only 1,500 miles more to Fairbanks!
June 12
Watson Lake Campground
Watson Lake, Yukon, CA
Signpost Forest
June 13 & 14
Beez Kneez Hostel
Whitehorse, Yukon, CA
Klondike Steamship
Beringia Interpretive Center
June 15
Dawson City River Hostel
Dawson City, Yukon, CA
Top of the World Hwy.
Poker Creek
Chicken, Alaska
June 16
Grandma Shirley's Hostel
Fairbanks, Alaska
500 miles to Deadhorse
June 17
Camped in tent in woods alongside Dalton Highway
Coldfoot, Alaska
Crossed the Arctic Circle
Brooks Mountain Range,
Drove over the tundra
Arrive in Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay
June 19
Sheep Mountain Lodge
and hostel
Palmer, Alaska
Denali National Park
Mt. McKinley
June  22
Stuart-Cassiar Hwy.
446 miles of wilderness from Liard in the Yukon to Prince Rupert in British Columbia
Scariest road chase in my life  !!!!!!!!
June 23
Ferry Campground
Prince Rupert, BC, CAN
"Queen of the North" ferry through the Inside Passage
from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
"Queen of the North"
sunk on March 22, 2006 around 1am
June 24
Nicol Street Hostel
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
another ferry to mainland Canada
June 25-30
Back to Birch Bay Hostel
Blaine, WA.
International Sculpture Exhibition
June 3
Back to Don's House
Sea Tac, WA
May 23
Davison St. Guest House Hostel
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Boundary Peak White Mts. Nevada-California Border
May 15-21
Returned to:
Las Vegas Ind. Hostel
Hoover Dam
Death Valley National Park Scotty's Castle
Blue Man Group
July 1
Hostel in the Rockies
St. Ignatius, MT
Ginko Petrified Forest
Wanapam Reservoir
Thundering Hooves Sculptures
July 2
Slept in Car
Wyoming Info. Center
Little Bighorn Battlefield
June 18
Bear sightings--slept in car off Dalton Hwy. somewhere between Coldfoot & Fairbanks
July 3 & 4
Penny Motel & Hostel
Deadwood, MT
Devils Tower
Mt. Rushmore
Famous Wall Drugstore
July 5
Old Barn Resort Hostel & Campground
Preston, MN
Grotto of the Redemption
Storm Lake Wind Farm
July 6
Chicago Hostel,  Chicago, IL
Corn Palace
July 7
Pittsburgh Hostel, Pittsburgh, PA
July 8
Poconos Hostel,  Cresco, PA
Gettysburg Battlefield
July 9, 2000
Arrived Home
It's been 91 days
August 5
Estes Park Hostel
Rocky Mountains
Estes, CO
August 5
Estes Park Campground
Estes Park, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park
August 6
Historic Melrose House
(Grand Junction Hostel)
Grand Junction, CO
August 7, 8, & 9
The Avenues Hostel
Salt Lake City, Utah
Morman Tabernacle
Kokopelli Cave
August 10
Antelope Island Campground
on the Great Salt Lake, UT
August 11
Grand Tetons National Park Campground, WY
August 12
Yellowstone Yurt Hostel
Cooke City, MT
Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs
Old Faithful
August 13
W. Yellowstone Hostel
W. Yellowstone, MT
August 14
Brownies Hostel
E. Glacier Park, MT
August 15
North Fork Hostel
Polebridge, MT
Glacier National Park
August 16
Naples General Store Hostel
Naples, ID
Grand Coulee Dam
Chief  Joseph Dam
August 17
North Cascades National Park Campground, WA
August 18-25
Birch Bay Hostel
Blaine, WA
August 26
Seattle International Hostel
Seattle, WA
The Underground Tour
Space Needle
August 27 & 28
Friend Don's House
Sea Tac, WA
August 29
Camping on Mt. Rainier National Park  w/Don
August 30
Back to Don's House
September 1
Seaside International Hostel
Seaside, OR
September 2
Crater Lake National Park Campground, OR
September 3
Fordson Home Hostel
Cave Junction, OR
Oregon Caves National Monument
September 4
Redwood AYH Hostel
Klamath, CA
Redwoods National Park
Trees of Mystery
September 5
Lassen Volcanic
National Park
Camprgound, CA
Sept. 6, 7, 8
Camped on Pyramid Lake
Paiute Indian Reservation, NV
Legend of the Stone Mother
September 9
Blu Zu Hostel
Lake Tahoe, CA
Virginia City, NV
September 10
Sacramento Internat'l Hostel
Sacramento, CA
September 11
Hidden Villa Hostel
Los Altos Hills, CA
Mission San Juan Bautista
September 12
The Yosemite Bug
Midpines, CA
Yosemite National Park
Sept. 13-17
Stayed w/friends
Mariposa, CA
September 18
114 degrees/Sunset Motel
Twentynine Palms, CA
Joshua Tree National Park
September 20
110 degrees
Lake Havasu, AZ
London Bridge
September 19
Hotel Congress (Hostel)
Tucson, AZ

September 19
Road Runner Hostel
Tucson, AZ
Tombstone, AZ
Biosphere II
Sept. 21 & 22
Las Vegas Internat'l Hostel
Las Vegas, NV
Hoover Dam
Sept. 23
Grand Canyon camping
Grand Canyon Nat'l Park
Meteor Crater,
Petrified Forest Nat'l Park,
"The Corner in Winslow, Arizona"
Sept. 24, 25,
& 26
Sandia Mountain Hostel
Sandia Mountain, NM
Santa Fe
September 27
Loretta Lynn Campground
Hurricane Mills, TN
September 28
Camped somewhere near
Mammoth Cave Nat'l Park, KY
September 29
Motel/Westgate Resort
Gatlinburg, TN
September 30
Bell's Mountain Hostel
Gatlinburg, TN
Smokey Mountain Nat'l Park
Oct.1, 2001
Drove all night
Arrived home in Massachusetts!!
September 2000
Visited w/friend
Martha's Vineyard Hostel
West Tisbury, Ma
September 2000
Visited cousin
Albert B. Lester Memorial Hostel
Conway, NH
October 2000
Downing International Hostel
Syracuse, NY
Hostels I visited
after the road trip
just for fun!
(Not posted because I can't find my photos)
About 30 Hostels, 7 National Parks, and a dozen campgrounds.
A few nights of sleeping in the car or tenting roadside.
And I CAN"T WAIT to do it all again!!!!!
May 5 & 6
Oscuro High Desert Ranch Hostel
Oscuro, NM
Three River petroglyph Site
Valley of Fires, Carrizozo, NM
About 26 hostels , 15 National Parks, & 13 campgrounds this time. 
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Cross Country Road Trip
April 9
Visited in Maryland
Drove all night, not good
The entire journey & photos are listed below in chronological order:
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(Left) I just had to post this photo of Mica howling at the neighbors cat who likes to come over and sit on my porch to tease her!
Taos Hum Web Page
The Taos Hum is an unexplaned low frequency hum
  My son, Luciano,
on Christmas Day 2006 assembling my fireplace.
My Puddy Cat:  Age 17
Active and content right up until the end--Puddy passed away swiftly and painlessly on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 3:15 am.  Mica and I were with her.  We both miss her very much.
Mica, a couple years older, and "filling out", just like me!

See below
for HUGE life changes!

December 31, 2007Hugo signs my guestbook
December 31, 2008:  Hugo and I celebrate New Year's Eve at his home in Oslo.  In January 2009 we walk the camino from Ponferrada to Santiago, Spain. (About 120 miles in 10 days--beautiful country & met many kind people.)
December 31, 2009Hugo and I are finally together in New Hampshire.

We did it!
We got married at 1:30pm on December 31, 2009! And then we took Mica (our beagle) and spent our honeymoon at the Back Lake Tavern and Cabins in Pittsburg, New Hampshire.

August 16, 2010  --  November 3, 2010 (I may stay longer & visit the UK):
We will be returning to Spain to complete the Camino de Santiago (about another 400 miles!  It should take 6-8 weeks (I want to take time to enjoy the places and people).  We have yet to plan what adventures to undertake before and/or after the Camino.  We will only be carrying whatever we can fit in our backpacks!

August 12, 2010:  Brief update:

Yesterday Hugo went to the airport in Boston and picked up our "House-Sitters" (that we luckily met through the "".)  They are from the Netherlands, and have been house-sitting in Cosa Rica for a couple of months.  Now they are kind enought to agree to house/pet sit for us while we go to Europe for 2 1/2 months!
We leave on Aug. 16.  Change flights in Iceland.  Then fly to Barcelona, Spain where we will be picked up by our  next thoughtful and kind "couch surfer hosts".  2 nights there, then 3 night in a hostel, then bus to Pomplona where we have signed up for a  week course in Spanish.  Meanwhile we will be hosted by 2 more couch surfing hosts.  After the Spanish course, we will be starting the Camino de Santiago in St. Jean Pied de Port in France.  We plan on walking to Ponferrada where we began the Camino in January 2009.  It will be about a 400 mile walk.
This is going to be a fantastic journey!!!

For me, during the past 2 decades, life has only gotten better and better.  Especially the past 10 years.  And now even better that I have met Hugo.
We have changed each other's lives for the better!

I am not really a religious person, but I feel deep gratitude in my heart for all of the blessings that have come into my life.
Latest Update:
May 5, 2012
I have not worked on this website for a long, long time.  So now I have to re-learn how to do it.

It's going to take a while to get this updated..

Hi Hugo!  I hope you are having a good time "couch surfing" to Alaska!