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Fiesta Bowl Oregon Kansas State

A Fiesta Bowl and a perfect ending to a travel journey

I could see death lingering just over the edge a few hundred feet below.  Sweat poured from my brow and my heart raced with every step. Over the years, more than a few had died here.  Many others needed to be rescued, suffered from heat exhaustion, or weren’t fit enough to finish the journey. As […]

sports and travel moments 2012

My top 5 sports and travel moments of 2012

Peanut butter and jelly.  Salt and pepper.  Thunder and lightning.  These are things that go together or complement one another.  Sports and travel?  Not something most people think about as a pair. Over the last year, this is something I have been trying to change.  It started with the College Football Travel Tour that turned […]

Oregon State campus best of travel

My top 10 travel moments in the Best of Travel 2012

Standing on top of the mountain, I look at the water below me and the 360 degree view of the mountains and trees.  The sun is shining and the air is crisp.  Even my shoes give their approval.  Is this moment my best of travel in 2012? Of all the places I visited in 2012, […]

Army Navy football snipers

The Army Navy football game: United we stand, divided we play

I was freezing as the wind and cold cut through my gloves and jacket.  Snipers were all around me.  However, it didn’t matter.  I had goose bumps and shared the same space as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.   Welcome to the Army Navy football game. Last year, I had the chance to […]

Oregon State Beavers Oregon Ducks Civil War

A Civil War showdown dressed in orange and black

The cold, misty fog greeted me at midnight on Thanksgiving Day.  However, the dreary ending wasn’t the welcome I was hoping for on my first day in Corvallis and a Civil War a day away. This was a challenging travel day. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  However, this year I didn’t get any turkey because […]

Texas state flag Cotton Bowl Red River Rivalry

And a Red River Rivalry runs through it

Norman and Austin shared a similar culture and upbringing growing up.  However, these two boys were very different.  As they got older, they went their separate ways.  However, like all sibling rivalries, fate would bring them together again.  Two worlds collide as a love for their culture and passion bind them together while tension and […]

University Motel University of Washington Seattle WA

The University Motel – comfort and compassion at the University of Washington

Taking the train from the airport to downtown, the Fall leaves decorated the Seattle skyline like ornaments on a Christmas tree.  It was early November and I was excited.  Even though I love Fall, I wasn’t here for the colorful panorama of Seattle’s Fall foliage. This weekend kicked off the first stop in the inaugural […]

Ohio State Brutus Buckeye Cal fans

Enemy territory, Buckeye hospitality as Ohio State rallies to beat Cal

This was one was expected to be a blowout.  A few friends from Cal came to this game and started drowning their sorrows on Friday night before the game started.  However, Buckeye hospitality and a great effort by Cal were the highlights of this match up between Pac 12 and B1G (Big Ten) teams as […]