"It was a dark and stormy night..."
Welcome to DelsJourney. I hope to update
this website every so
often during the next 18 months as I travel around the world in order to keep my friends
updated (and amused) on my current whereabouts.
you may know, I was planning to leave Portland on April 1 for my trip around the
U.S., but here it is April 5 and I'm still in the Northwest. Oh well, so
much for that idea. However, I did leave my job at Parsons Brinckerhoff on my 10-year anniversary on March 19, as planned
(and much to the relief of my co-workers, I might add). Since leaving PB, I've been pretty busy getting ready for
my big trip but, as I'm realizing, leaving for 18 months takes a lot of planning and
preparation. I probably won't leave Portland for my trip
around the U.S. until at least mid-May, which will push my scheduled visits
around the U.S. back a little, but I still plan to leave for
Australia in mid-August.
news from the Photo Department: After shooting about 20,000 slides over the past 15 years,
I went completely digital last week and bought a high-resolution digital camera. It's
a Canon D-30 and it takes all
of my Canon lenses. It'll let me instantly post photos onto my website and I
won't ever again have to pay for film or processing, which would've cost about
$5,000 for this trip alone, and I won't have to
carry 500 rolls of film with me overseas! The best part, however, is that
the images from this camera are a heckuva lot better than most digital cameras
out on the market, and nearly as good as film, so I plan to shoot LOTS of pictures with it over the next
18 months -- some of which you'll see on
the way, I'm
at my Dad's house now in Bellingham, Washington (about 5 hours north of
Portland) visiting with him and my sister Doti.
I learned yesterday that I'll have to get a
new transmission for my Toyota truck before taking off around the U.S. That'll be
$1,600 (yikes), but considering that this will be the first major work ever done on
my 16-year old truck, I'm guess I'm pretty lucky. Toyota trucks are tops.
are a couple of shots from my Dad's house. I'm still new at this
"website" thing, but I recently learned how to create photo
thumbnails. All the photos in this website will be thumbnails, so you can click on them if you want to see a larger
Above left: My Dad last night with Doti's cat, Lila.
Above right: The hills above Lake Whatcom this morning. Hey, what's
with the snow -- this is April!
19, 2001 (Bellingham, Washington)
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April 5, 2001