iPhoneography Photos From My Travels, 2013 – First Half

I’ve been traveling a LOT so far this year.  Some of these trips have been for conferences, and speaking/consultation engagements, but some of them have been just for fun.  One of the great parts about being a PhD student is that I have the flexibility to work from almost anywhere in the world.  Life is good.  I’ll go anywhere jetBlue flies and I have a couch to crash on! 😉

I wanted to pause here in the middle of my travels to share some of my favorite pictures.  Below you will find a chronological journey through my trips during the first part of this year.  I have taken a lot of great photos, so narrowing it down to “the best” was hard.  I also tried to include pictures of my old and new friends who I’ve crashed with and met along the way.  I am greatly blessed to have all of them in my life.  (Oh, and all pictures are “clickable” in case you want a closer look.)

Part 1 includes travel to:

  • Travel suitcaseMiami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • New York City (x2)
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Hawaii
  • Detroit, MI
  • Provincetown, MA

Part 2 of this will be coming in December.  For the remainder of the year, I have flights  booked for:

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  • Las Vegas (just finished)
  • Anchorage, AK (right now)
  • Charleston, SC
  • Newark, DE
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Columbia, SC
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Somewhere in South Jersey

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Atlanta, GA / Miami, FL
(December 27, 2012 – January 7, 2013)

The new year brought me to Atlanta and Miami to visit with my friend David.  David works for one of the traveling Cirque du Soleil shows, so I flew to Atlanta before the show tore down and we drove to Miami where I finished my trip.  I had the amazing opportunity to get a personalized behind the scenes tour of the production.  It was awesome and one of my favorite things I’ve ever been able to experience.

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The “Grand Chapiteau” of Cirque du Soleil set up in Atlanta, GA.

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I was able to meet up with Jeff, one of my former students, and ultimately my colleague, from American University.

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My backstage pass from my visit to the Cirque du Soleil site.  I felt like the coolest kid in the school when my neighbor during the show asked about my pass.

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My host, David, getting ready to head to work.  There’s a lot to be done during tear down and setup and he worked insane hours.

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The view from the apartment in Miami.

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Enjoying a cup of coffee in the warm January weather in Miami.  David introduced me to Nespresso and I’ve never been the same since.


Las Vegas, NV
(March 1-8, 2013)

The ACPA Convention brought me to Las Vegas for a week.  I was blessed to have my friend Jared allow me to crash in his room.  The room just also happened to be the presidential suite… complete with foosball table.

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My Vegas suite during a portion of the Convention.

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Enjoying cocktails at The Peppermill.  A great 24 hour cheesy Vegas diner.  Just how I like my Vegas.

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Having breakfast at Hash House A Go-Go with my friend Nate is one of my Vegas traditions.  Note the portion sizes.

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Before heading out we killed a couple of hours at the Pinball Hall of Fame.  You can play all of the machines…


New York City, NY
(March 29 – April 2, 2013)

At the end of March, I took a quick bus trip to New Your City to visit with my friend Eric and meet his wonderful wife, Victoria.  I also had the pleasure of extending my stay to visit with David (from my Atlanta/Miami trip… the Cirque du Soleil show had moved on to NYC after Miami).

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The view from David’s amazing Midtown apartment.  I could wake up to this every day.

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Visiting with Eric, one of my old colleagues from my American University days.

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A view up the near complete Freedom Tower.

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Eric and Victoria took me to this amazing (and small) Indian restaurant.  This picture doesn’t  do it justice, but the ceiling was filled with blinking holiday lights.  There was about a 4 foot clearance to get around.

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I went to the Guggenheim.  The dino was added just for fun with an app from my phone.  No dinosaurs were harmed in taking this picture.


Dallas, TX
(March 11-20, 2013)

I was able to travel to the Big D to visit with my friend Laura from my Miami University days and meet her awesome husband, Fiachra.  If you ever stay with a Canadian and an Irishman in Texas, expect to be consuming copious amounts of alcohol.

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I discovered that Dallas was host to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.  The visit didn’t disappoint.  The Dude abides.

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Laura took me to work one day and we went out later in Denton where I had the most amazing (and expensive) pizza in my life from Mellow Mushroom Pizzeria.

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The world’s largest patio chair.  Everything’s bigger in Texas.

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I had my first Sonic Drive-In experience in Fiachra’s convertible.


San Francisco, CA
(April 27-30, 2013)

I was presenting at the AERA Conference in San Francisco and I used the opportunity to crash with my friend Jess and her boyfriend John.  Believe it or not, this was my first time in San Francisco… and definitely not my last.

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The view from Jess and John’s apartment window.  I swear, who has these views?  David’s NYC view was amazing… now this!  Wait until you see Brad’s view in Honolulu.

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Jess and I had an amazing night out on the town.  She’s an excellent tour guide.

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A panorama of the Bay.

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The obligatory Golden Gate Bridge picture.

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My new friend Kevin.  An amazing guy and an amazing time chatting over lunch together.  Kindred spirits.

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What tour of SF is complete without walking around the Haight and Castro.


San Jose, CA
(May 8-14, 2013)

A week after being in San Francisco, I turned around and headed back to San Jose.  This time I was staying with my friend Jared.  We had a “writing party” and got a lot of work done on our respective articles and dissertations.

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My first time at an In-N-Out.  I really don’t understand what the big deal is.

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Visiting the Mothership at the Apple World Headquarters in Cupertino.

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My host, Jared, having an amazing sandwich (with mozzarella sticks inside it) at Ike’s Place.  I also discovered the Falafel’s Drive-In as seen on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Amazing!


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I took a tour of the Winchester Mystery House.  A Victorian-era house with a labyrinth of 160 rooms that were continuously under construction.

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Visiting the campus of San Jose State University.


New York City, NY
(May 15-16, 2013)

I made a quick trip back to NYC because I won a contest and had tickets to a CD release party for singer/songwriter Keaton Simons.  It was a great show and it was my first time staying in a pod hotel, Pod 39.

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I got to bring along my great new friend, Nicholas for the show.

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Park Avenue.with iconic NYC taxi.

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Keaton Simons put on a great show.  I think his new album is his best.

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Note the old Pan Am building in the background.


Philadelphia, PA
(May 25-28, 2013)

jetBlue began new service to Philadelphia, so you know what that means?  Cheap promotional fares!  I was able to visit with one of my former students, Scott, and meet his awesome wife, Jenna.

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It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.  A view of City Hall.

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One of the many iconic LOVE sculptures in the city of brotherly love.

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Doing the classic pose on the Rocky steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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My good friend and former student, Scott.  Oddly, he just moved to Boston to start work at one of Harvard’s hospitals.  Now we’re in the same city again… ten years later.

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Posing with Rodin’s Thinker.

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The Eastern State Penitentiary is AMAZING.  Since it closed it is largely falling apart which makes for some really cool pictures.


Denver, CO
(June 7-13, 2013)

Next up was Denver.  I was hired to speak and do a consult on social media at Johnson and Wales University.  Luckily my friend Brian lives in Denver and I was able to extend my time there through my birthday.

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Outside the house in Boulder, CO that is seen in the opening credits of the classic TV show, Mork and Mindy.  Na-Nu-Na-Nu.

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I took a tour of the Celestial Seasonings factory.  The “mint room” smelled amazing.

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Me and my friend Brian outside Casa Bonita (of South Park fame).  This was my birthday dinner.  It came with live cliff diving, a man in a gorilla suit, and a pirate’s cave.

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If you ever go to Denver, eat the pancakes at Snooze.  From left to right… Blueberry Danish Pancake, Velvet Elvis Pancake, Pineapple Upside Down Pancake.


Indianapolis, IN
(June 24-28, 2013)

Indianapolis is the site of the 2014 ACPA Convention, so we had our Leadership Meeting there.  I was pleasantly surprised.

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Me and the Chairs of the Standing Committees recreating a picture from the 1980s.

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Downtown Indy.

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I had the opportunity to go out for drinks multiple nights with my good friend, John Hernandez.


Hawaii
(June 28 – July 10, 2013)

I’m lucky enough to have a friend, Hannah, who now works at the University of Hawaii, Hilo.  She graciously let me stay with her on the Big Island for almost two weeks.  I was also able to visit my new friend, Brad, in Waikiki.  You’re going to get more pictures from this trip than any other, just because they were so good.

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The orange trees outside Hannah’s house made the most amazingly fresh orange juice.

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Hannah and I swimming in some warm springs that are heated by lava underneath the rock.

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Puu Puai, a the result of the Kilauea volcano eruption of 1919.

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About a 5 minute walk from Hannah’s house was the Kaumana caves.  I did a little spelunking, but because I was alone, I didn’t go in very far.

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Rainbow Falls.

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Twin Rocks at Onomea Bay.  Legend has it that they were two lovers turned to stone.

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A quick flight over to Honolulu and Waikiki.  The beautiful view outside of my friend Brad’s condo.  Sigh…

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Brad and I did a little exploring including finding this bunker.

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Spent a day at the beach.

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The roads all along Oahu have some of the most amazing picture-taking pull off points.

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A panorama at one of those pull off points.

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I spent the day walking around Waikiki while Brad was at work and just liked the composition of this shot out into the ocean.

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I loved the reflections of the boats on the still water at the mouth of the Ala Wai canal.

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A beautiful sunset greeted me on my flight back to Hilo.

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On my “must do” list was a visit to a Kona coffee plantation.  The smells and the samples were amazing.

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My favorite picture of the entire trip.  We drove along the eastern side of the island.

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Another great shot looking in the opposite direction from the above picture.

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Since it said, “Do not stand here.  Falling Mangoes,” of course I had to pose with it.

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A beach shot near the Japanese gardens of Hilo.

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The botanical gardens provided a close up view of some amazing small waterfalls.

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On my last day in Hawaii, we visited some pristine and largely empty beaches.  We had them all to ourselves.

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My last sunset in Hawaii.

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During my layover in Honolulu, my new friend Brian, who’s in the Navy, gave me a tour of the destroyer he works on.  I wish I could have taken pictures, but as a consolation, you get a shot of the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor.

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And a sunset to end it on.


Detroit, MI
(July 11-14, 2013)

In less than 24 hours after returning from Hawaii, I was back on a plane to Detroit for my friend Susan’s wedding.  It was a big reunion with some of my favorite friends from my time working at Miami University.

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Susan shows me where I am in “the mitten.”

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From left to right, Susan, the bride, Alex, the groom, Carol, and I.  We all stayed in the house the first night.  What a blast.

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The rehearsal dinner was in Greektown at a restaurant that made sure the food kept coming and that the wine was flowing.

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Throwback!  Jess and John, who I stayed with in San Francisco, were at the wedding.

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Detroit has a lot of interesting abandoned buildings.  It is both sad and beautiful at the same time.  This is Michigan Central Station.

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Me in a picture with the bride, Susan. So cute.

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More pictures of urban blight.

IMG_0116I reconnected with my former grad student from Miami University, Jennifer, who also went to Geneseo for her undergraduate degree.  I also knew her husband, Eric, from my Geneseo days.

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The architecture at the reception was all sorts of mid-century modern coolness.

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Cutest wedding cake ever?


Provincetown, MA
(July 18-21, 2013)

The end of July brought me to the tip of Cape Cod after a quick two and a half hour drive. My friend Vernon was in town for his annual “Purse Party” fundraiser.  Never a dull moment when he’s around.

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P-town-o-rama.  Looking down the pier.

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This pigeon was very cooperative.

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Classic New England.  I felt like I was on the set of Jaws.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Richfield 1981.  That woman is a trip and a half.  She’s so quick with the jokes and wit.

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Posing with the bears in front of the Marc Jacobs store.


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One thought on “iPhoneography Photos From My Travels, 2013 – First Half

  1. wow i knew you were traveling a lot but seeing a collage all in one place just confirmed that!! way to go–makes me feel so confined.
    John H

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