Tag: Travel Essays

Road Kill: Death of the Family Summer Car Trip?

Road Kill: Death of the Family Summer Car Trip?

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage.

Minimum Wage
(The All-Night Images Flickr Photo)

Back in 1964 when I was a college freshman, I was paid the federal minimum wage of $1.25/hour to deliver pizzas, and chicken, fish and rib dinners. Adjust that wage for inflation, and someone performing the same job in 2012 should have been paid $9.25, or $2.00 more than what the federal minimum wage has been since July 24, 2009.

So what’s all of that got to do with travel?

Plenty.

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Love in “Earthquake Country”

Love in “Earthquake Country”

Those, like myself, who live in the San Francisco Bay Area might rightly claim it to be the “epicenter” of “Earthquake Country.” After all, the 1906 quake shook San Francisco to its foundations and started a fire that destroyed vast numbers of that city’s buildings, forcing residents to relocate to the East Bay, North Bay, and towns to the south.

1906 SF Quake
(USGS Photo)

And the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck just as game three of  the “Bay Bridge” World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s began. A portion of the Bay Bridge itself collapsed, a two-level freeway through Oakland pancaked on top of itself, and the Marina District of Baghdad By The Bay caught fire.

Carmel Sea Scene
(VTSR Flickr Photo)

Since records began being kept in 1769, big-time earthquakes have periodically rocked the Golden State south from the border with Mexico north to the Oregon-California state line, and west from San Francisco east toward Nevada. And minor temblors, that felt only be sensitive seismographic instruments but not at all by humans, happen with some frequency.

But as Tina Turner sang, “What’s love got to do with it?” “It” being earthquakes.

As I discovered during a romantic weekend trip to Carmel-By-The-Sea several years ago, the answer is “plenty.”

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The Birth and Future of the Travel Blog

The Birth and Future of the Travel Blog

Tales Told From The Road was born in the summer of 2009.

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It wasn’t by any means the first travel blog. Nor was I the first travel blogger.

But I’ve met the person who gets credit for writing the first travel blog post way back on January 6, 1994, even though, technically speaking, at that time “blogs” didn’t exist, at least by that name.

So how did this landmark in travel writing come to pass? And why was the author responsible for it locked later into an apartment on the San Francisco peninsula for ten days and prohibited from contact with the outside world except online?

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