W H U F U – My travel blog

I've done road trips since I was a little boy. My parents were stationed in Long Beach after the war for a couple of years. When Pop was mustered out they returned to their ancestral homeland in the midwest. Evidently my mom really liked California, because every few years thereafter she and I would load ourselves into her big ole Chevrolet sedan and drive west. A couple of times I was allowed to bring a friend (great fun, memories we still share). Once we brought a friend of hers, a busybody neighbor with her spoiled daughter. That trip was not a success. Most trips it was just me and my mom.

Those days were highlights of my youth – Staying in mid-range motel, a couple of days to get across the plains, a few days visiting her Army buddy in Colorado, then on to California!

Those days left me with a serious case of the cross-country travel bug.

In the late 90's, as computer technology became more personal - the web, word processors, digital cameras - I started thinking about how I could convey travel experiences.

  • Here is the first try from 2000.
  • Here is the second try from 2002. Google maps wasn't a thing yet so I did a map by hand. :)
  • Here is the massive third try. It's still pretty cool ... as long as you're viewing on a large device - NOT mobile friendly.
  • The fourth try is finally mobile friendly (i.e. Bootstrap). Cool functionality. I fell in love with the changing color palettes, but it's just not very inviting.
  • Trying to do better this time. Finally have a (I hope) engaging page design. You be the judge.

The rest of me on the internet:

  • My old website, whose domain name I am still paying for for some reason - cloudyhands
  • My non-travel blog, which is mostly my various, ever increasing medical issues - Other Writing


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