Previous Roadtrips > 1990-1994
late 1989, I moved to Eugene, Oregon and worked for a transportation planning
firm, my first "professional" job (though it paid peanuts). The
following year, I moved to Portland and landed a position with
Brinckerhoff, a worldwide engineering consulting
firm and for the next 10 years, I worked for PB as a transportation planner
and mapping specialist. Having a lifelong interest in traveling, the
position was a natural for me and I really enjoyed my work.
though, having a "real" job with only two weeks of vacation per year
(later three) dramatically reduced my traveling opportunities. I made the
most of it, though, by taking road trips throughout the
West in 1991 and 1992. The following year, I drove back to Madison,
Wisconsin, then followed the historic Oregon Trail west to Portland, on this,
the 150-year anniversary of the Trail. In 1994, I spent a week kayaking in
Washington's Puget Sound and another week driving through scenic Jasper and
Banff National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.
Road Trips: 1990 - 1994
Above left: A sod house and covered
wagon at Fort Kearny, Nebraska on the Oregon Trail. In 1869, the transcontinental railroad
was completed, making use of the Oregon
Trail (and covered wagons) obsolete.
Above right: Clouds
obscure Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies
of British Columbia. At 12,973', Mt. Robson is the highest point in
the Canadian Rockies. This Provincial Park
is a gateway to Jasper and Banff National
Parks, which contain some of the most
spectacular mountain scenery on the continent.
Previous Road Trips:
Trips: 1980 - 1984