Thursday, August 28, 2008

08/28/08 - Vacation Travels

Before leaving for my trip, I thought of tracking all of the places I visited via my handheld GPS unit. Unfortunately, I started doing this religiously during the second half of the trip. So, I went back and filled-in the missing tracks in Google Earth. The following maps showed were I was. Blue tracks were actual GPS data, and green tracks were ones that I drew in. The green tracks are very accurate, as I was able to use actual roads, railroad tracks, buildings, and landmarks - thanks Google Earth, which can be downloaded for free.

I flew into Philadelphia airport, to visit Laura's parents and friends in Wilmington, Delaware. Laura and I took a train to New York City for a partial family reunion on her side. Then we drove to Pittsburgh, where both Laura and I visited family and friends. She left after a week of vacation, and I stayed another week before flying out of Pittsburgh. The following map shows all of our travels but the flights (although I have them, to).

Our entire trip, except flights (Click to enlarge)

Here are our travels around Wilmington. There are several side trips that I didn't draw because I'm not as familiar with the area (and it was tedious!).

Wilmington, Delaware

These are our travels around New York City. We took a train from Wilmington that took about 2 hours each way - A nice experience. In NYC, we looked at some sites, ate, and took a three-hour boat tour around Manhattan Island. The weather was nice, and the trip was exceptional.

New York City

Finally, we were in Pittsburgh. Laura and I were able to see some friends and family. After being busy for the first part of the trip, I chose to relax a bit, which was nice in comparison.


Stay tuned for more vacation posts. I have to narrow-down those 900+ photos...

08/28/08 - Vacation By the Numbers

Days on vacation, 14. States traveled-through, 11 (subtract 6 if you don't include the flights). States visited, 4 (not counting New Jersey because we were on a train). Miles traveled, about 3700. Photos taken, 909. Movies taken, 40. People seen, countless (countless because I was in NYC and visited a former employer, who happened to host a country music concert). I'm sorry I wasn't able to see everyone.

Although I'm still not near 100%, I was able to enjoy the entire two weeks.

Hmmm... More numbers - not that I can think of right now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

08/26/08 - Quick General Update

Yes, I haven't been posting very much recently. That's because I was on vacation the last two weeks. I ran out of time before leaving for my trip and thought I might post from the "road," but I was too busy doing "vacation" things - mostly visiting people.

I should create more posts about my trip and my medical condition now that I'm back home. "Should" being the keyword, because I have learned not to commit to things... Well, at least updating my blog (unfortunately).

So, my vacation was 8/11 - 8/25. I wish I could say precisely how many pictures and movies I took, but I don't have that number yet. It is probably around 1,000. Thank goodness for digital cameras... Again, some should be on future posts...