Biography may be a strong word for what I envisioned here. I just wanted to tell you a little about who I am. I always like reading about the author on a book's dust cover, so think of this as something along those lines.
I grew up in Charlotte, NC. In 1984 I graduated and went directly into the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. It was the realization of a long cherished goal. Like most graduates of the Academy, I have mixed feelings about the place, but as the years go by, it gets better in my memory. Overall, it was a great opportunity and experience. Now that it's behind me, I wouldn't trade those years for anything.
I started flying when I was 16 and got my pilot's license when I turned 17. After graduation from the Academy, it was only natural that I go into flight training, first at Pensacola, FL and then to Meridian, Mississippi. After two years of training I was assigned to flying A-6's in Virginia Beach. The A-6 has done good service for the Navy as an all weather attack aircraft. It's retired now with no replacement. Capabilities will surely suffer.
That's not my daily concern now. I left the Navy over two years ago. First, I took a year off to travel. I wanted to sail around the world, (I love sailing) but that turned out to be financially imprudent. Instead, it became a solo nine month backpacking trip around the world. I had traveled quite a bit around Europe and Asia Minor in years before, and didn't think anything about setting out for the big one.
It is the Trans-Siberian portion of that trip here. I have always kept journals while traveling, and they form the basis of this site. In the future I hope to put the rest of the trip online.
Thanks for stopping by,