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Where have you lived and worked?
Born in Cyprus (that's one of those funny shaped islands in the Mediterranean - look for Beirut, then go west), lived in the UK and Europe until my late teens. Set out traveling and somehow forgot to go home. Lived in Spain and Norway in my 20s then came to the US and lived in Alabama and Florida.

Summer Season '09 - North Rim Grand Canyon

Winter '09 - South Rim Grand Canyon (cut short due to personal reasons - hope to go back some day)
About Me:
Ex-pat Brit living in the US. Quit my office job in the IT field a couple of years ago to concentrate more on travel, hiking, and backpacking, while still having time to spend with my folks back in the UK. Bought an RV to live in and now traveling round the US, working and playing at whatever I want.
Dream Job:
I quit my dream IT job, maybe foolishly, but haven't regretted it. Now my idea of a dream job has got to be anywhere working in awesome natural surroundings that I can explore.

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Rim to Rim

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 1:46pm 3 Comments

Last week I got paid to hike North Rim to South Rim for my new job. It was an awesome hike with 7 park service interpretive staff that knew practically anything there was to know about the Canyon.

We took four days to cross the Canyon, which is much slower than most people get the opportunity for, but we were stopping at almost every rock laer change, new plant, insect, etc to share knowledge. Stayed at Cottonwood campground on the way down, Phantom Ranch, and Indian Garden on the… Continue

To anyone travelling from the Southeast this summer.

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 10:47pm 0 Comments

If you are headed for Interstates 40 or 55 and traveling through AL and/or MS on AL 78, look out for signs for Appalachian Project Corridor X. They are blue signs, kind of like an alternate route sign. This brand new road will ultimately be designated as Interstate 22, but obviously that has not yet happened. The road is an Interstate by any other name: the brand new parts are 6 lane nicely graded blacktop, older portions are still 4 lane and concrete in places, but it has very light traffic,… Continue

Gusty Winds May Exist

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

....and other roadside oddities.

I have left Florida behind. Since over-baking myself on the beach I have spent three days in decreasing temperatures, snow, ice and freezing fog.

As I travel westward, in the boredom of concentrating on the Interstate lane ahead of me, I see only brief glimpses of the land I pass through. Some much more brief than others: the 50’-100’ limited vision of freezing fog masked the sight of everything but the… Continue

Bragging on the Florida Winter

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Today’s episode of my journey westward was a nice short low mileage day. I left my friend Marti’s on a cold foggy late winter morning clad in wool socks, jeans and a sweater. By noon, the Florida winter sun was out in full force. Having a couple of hours to spare until my friend MaryBeth finished work, I was in a bikini basking on the beautiful undeveloped white sugar sand beach at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. By 2pm I was burnt from the sun,… Continue

True Friends Leave Footprints in Your Heart!

Posted on March 7, 2009 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

As excited as I am to be leaving Florida to travel West, to explore new places, hike more trails, and meet new friends, it is the friends I leave behind that make starting this journey so hard. The footprints in my heart are forged by friends so varied. Some acquaintances leave only a slight indentation, as in shallow dry sand, but those trodden by coworkers, hiking partners, neighbors, and lovers are forged in the mud of adversity and in love. These… Continue

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At 8:17am on August 21, 2011, aggie71 said…
Hi Janette! Hope you can drop in next Saturday at the South Rim. I would love to meet you! I'm an old IT hand myself (34 years w/ Halliburton) but I hope we talk mainly about the Grand Canyon, Traveling, Coolworks, ect. ect. Hope to see you soon, Richard

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