Tom & JoAnn's Travel Log

Before retiring,Tom was involved in technical matters for over 30 years. He holds a Doctorate in Geophysics (UC Berkeley) and has served in various research, educational, and Information Technology positions for all of that time. He is a Extra Class ham radio operator and enjoys working in amatuer television, packet, and satellite communications. He has also been interested in amatuer astronomy since a child. Tom has an interest in the arts and has attempted amatuer photography as well as writing prose to a small extent; some examples of which are in this Web site.

His wife, JoAnn, is a artist (oil, watercolor, and pencil) and has owned and managed art galleries, worked as a doctor's assistant, co-owned and managed a retail kitchen gadgetry shop, and worked at several other small businesses throughout her career. She has lived in South America for a number of years and speaks Spanish fluently. Her language skills helped both of us find the nearest cab station (5 blocks away) once when we were lost in downtown Mexico City. She is also a certified Master Bridge player and plays bridge with groups several times each month.

To see a bit more as to what we've been up to,  please visit our blogOur latest post to this site is located in the Road Touring Galleries:  2015 June: Dinosaur Valley State Park, TX

Snapshots Over The Years

  • Montreal, Canada

    A beautiful city. JoAnn and I been there several times. Some areas of the city remind us of Paris.

  • Twin Peaks and Lone Peak

    A panorama of Twin Peaks (right of center) and Lone Peak (far right side) taken during late Spring above Salt Lake City, Utah. Our climbing team was hiking up the west ridge of Mt. Olympus. The view is looking southeast.

  • Power Station

    East Bench. Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Uinta Mountains, Utah

    Lake in the Uinta Moutains, Utah

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ

    The chapel was completed in 1956 at a cost of $300,000. The firm of Anshen & Allen designed and executed the structure. The late Senator Barry Goldwater obtained a special permit allowing the structure to be built on national forest land.

  • Road Island Diner

    Near Salt Lake City, Utah. Yummy!

  • Canyonlands National Park

    A panorama of Canyonlands Park looking approximately east from within the park itself. Six-Shooter Peak is visible left of center.

  • Kennecott Copper Mine

    Prior to the landslide in 2013. Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a combination of three photos to make the panorama. To give some impression of scale to the photo, the tires on the ore haulers in the photo are 12 feet in diameter.

  • Red Pine Lake

    Red Pine Lake is at about 9,000 ft in elevation on the south side of Little Cottenwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City, Utah. This view is looking north at Twin Peaks (left) and Dromedary Peak (center). Both of which we have climbed.

  • Eastern Seaboard

    Somewhere in the New England area. JoAnn and I are out on a little walk by the ocean. We've made several car touring trips up the East Coast and into Canada and have really enjoyed it a lot.

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Sunset circa 1970. View is looking west.

  • Fisher Towers, Utah

    The trail system at Fisher Towers is part of the National Trail System. The site is northeast of Moab, Utah. The road to Fisher Towers begins near highway mile marker 21 along Utah Scenic Byway 128. The visitor then turns off onto a 2.2 mile dirt road which terminates at the towers.

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument

    A large area of lava flows and cinder cones that formed between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. The area is 618 square miles in size. The monument is in the state of Idaho about 84 miles west of Idaho Falls. I spent several hours exploring this area some years ago and it's fascinating to know that lava eruptions could happen again.

  • Grand Tetons National Park, WY

    A view to the southwest during a hike up to Amphitheater Lake.

  • Cloud Bank

    Hiking along a ridge above Alta, Utah our hiking group encountered this cloud bank. On one side, it is cloudy and on the other side, it's open air.

  • Little Cottenwood Creek

    Little Cottenwood Canyon. Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ

    Look carefully and you will see a half-moon behind a cloud in the upper right-hand corner.

  • Rock Formation

    Near Sedona, AZ.

  • Jackson Hole, WY

    Original Sarsaparilla Bar in the Jackson Hole Playhouse circa 1965 in Jackson, Wyoming.

  • Maui Waterfall

    JoAnn and I were on the island of Maui for an extended vacation. The islands are beautiful.

  • Lower Bell's Canyon Reservoir

    Reservoir above Salt Lake City, Utah. Little Cottenwood Canyon. That's Bell's Canyon directly behind the lake. One of many routes up to Lone Peak.

  • Niagara Falls

    The falls are located in New York state and consists of three falls whose total capacity is 750,000 gallons of water per minute. The three falls include: Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil. The vertical drop is 165 ft. As part of our several trips up the east coast of the United States, JoAnn and I would visit this area.

  • Hello!

    That's us! Mirror Lake, Utah.

  • Winter in Salt Lake

    This is a combination of two photos merged to make a panorama. These were taken some years ago. View is looking north from downtown center.

  • Dromedary Peak UT

    The peak is 11,007 ft. The climb is more rugged than it looks. Photo taken just prior to Rob and I making an ascent of the peak.

  • Zion National Park

    Temples and Towers view from the Park Headquarters.

  • Mineral Fork Snow Climb

    A hike up Mineral Fork just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The snow was fun to glissade down.

  • Big Bend National Park

    Look closely, a fault line can be seen in the rock formations. Big Bend has lots of interesting geology; from igneous to sedimentary, faults to volcanoes, and even prehistoric 50ft crocodiles.

  • Montreal, Canada

    House. Montreal, Canada.

  • Standing on Lone Peak

    Lone Peak is part of the Lone Peak Wilderness Area created in 1978. It has an elevation of 11,253 ft and is southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. Box Elder Peak (11,101 ft) is the peak across the valley and to the left in the photo. Mount Timpanogos (11,752 ft) is in the distance and somewhat to the right of center in the photo.

  • Sunset Meteor Crater

    The crater is a short drive from Flagstaff, AZ. It is 4,100 feet across and 550 feet deep. It was created about 50,000 years ago when a 150 ton meteor composed of iron and nickel hit the earth's surface. JoAnn and I find the crater fascinating and worth the trip from Flagstaff to visit.

  • La Sal Mountains, Moab, Utah

    Near the southern end of the range.

  • Montreal, Canada

    Panorama of city taken from nearby observation point. June, 1971.

  • Canyon Above Salt Lake City, UT

    Fall colors and first snow of the season.

  • Lake Blanche, Utah

    Lake Blanche is located in the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area. The trail to the lake is 3 miles long and takes about 2.5 hours one way. The trail is in Little Cottenwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains, east of Salt Lake City, Utah. The lake provided an area for our campsite when Rob and I climbed Mt. Dromedary (to the right out of the photo).

  • Lake Tahoe

    A beautiful place to visit both summer and winter. The lake has a lot to offer the visitor from boating, hiking, resort accommodations , water and snow skiing.

  • The Colorado River Near Moab, UT

    Photo (looking eastward - upriver) taken near the bridge crossing the Colorado leading into the town of Moab, UT.

  • Seattle, WA

    The mountain in the far distance is Mount Rainier.

  • Salton Sea

    The Salton Sea is a shallow and saline lake located on top of the San Andreas fault line. The lake is about 276 ft below sea level. The sea was created in 1905 when the Colorado River flowed into the area.

Tom's attempts at writing prose can be found here.

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