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     Sea Kayaking in Johnstone Strait off of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

August 2019

Life is a Highway...

and you are invited to come along and see the views I’ve seen.

Come join me in my journey down the highways and byways during some of my favorite trips and through everyday activities and sights. 

About Me:

Hello and welcome to my website.

I was born and raised on a farm near Gibsonburg in Northwest Ohio. Of the 7 children in our family I was the middle child, the fourth of five boys, followed by a sister, then another brother and ending with the last sister. 

We had a whole lot of hard work (that never seemed to end) with chores, good measures of discipline, and increased responsibilities as we grew, all of which helped me develop good work ethics coupled with personal expectations of perfection in what I do, a love of nature and exploring outdoors.

Admittedly, I was more of a scholar than a farmer, and graduated in the top tier of our small graduating class from Gibsonburg High School in 1966. After graduation from Ohio University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, I landed in Ann Arbor, MI in the Display Advertising Department. There I rose to Major Accounts Representative and ended that career as an Advertising Manager before retiring.

With health issues, I left behind that very stressful, yet rewarding career to focus on taking care of myself. By 1997, I had decided to move to Phoenix, AZ, where I had started to spend winters after retiring. In late May, 1998, I relocated to Phoenix and have never regretted the move, the change of pace and change in weather. The sunshine, warmth and vast natural wonders of the Southwest inspire me, renew me, awe me, and beckon me to explore, discover and enjoy living.

In addition to photography, I enjoyed hiking, camping, exploring back roads, quiet times, introspection, cultural events, meeting new people. I do have multiple interests and talents, many of which are still being discovered.

In 2001 I purchased a 1934 Pontiac and over the years restored it to as near original as I could. This was a long relationship with her whom I named Phiona. She was well known amongst my friends and others and won several awards over the years. However, I made a decision in late 2019 that it was time to let the car go, hopefully to someone who would appreciate and care for it as I did. Therefore, in January, 2020 I offered it up for sale at one of the many auto auctions in the Phoenix area.  I did not receive a price I would like to have gotten, but still let it go. Since that auction, I found that buyer sold it at  another auction in March 2020. This is not the outcome I had expected, but am resigned to the fact that it is what it is.

Most of my writings are from the trips and adventures I am pursuing. You are welcome to read them, check in occasionally and please leave feedback through my site or through my email address.


Don with Phiona, the 1934 Pontiac

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