First and foremost, I am a proud dad of two beautiful little girls. Being an attorney is my day job. Specifically, I represent public school districts throughout the state of California from my office in Oakland.
I have been obsessed with world travel since I was a young child and make a nearly nightly habit of studying my atlas and researching off-the-beaten path destinations. What moves me to travel is not our planet's predictable people but our planet's incredible nature. I will take the beauty of a fjord, atoll or canyon any day over the hustle and bustle of a huge city. For those few urban gems that do make it onto my Favorites List, it is really their magnificent physical geography that makes them special places to me.
My ultimate goal is to go everywhere, but I realize that goal will not be achieved for several decades. To help me achieve my eventual travel goals, I have created an extensive list of customized itineraries for approximately 150 trips around the globe that will take me to places I have never been and back to places that deserve further exploration. If I succeed in taking all of these trips, I will have visited all entities on the Master List plus a whole lot more, including all 59 National Parks in my country (I have visited 39 out of the 59 so far), all 120 National Monuments in my country (I have visited 53 out of the 120 so far), all World Heritage Sites in my country (I have visited 18 out of 23 so far), all state parks in my home state of California (I have visited 157 out of 280 so far), and all counties in my home state of California (I have visited 57 out of 58 so far). Additionally, I have created a list of approximately 600 hikes and bike rides throughout my home state of California that I hope to complete over my lifetime, over 300 of which I have already completed. As you can see from my foregoing travel goals, seeing and exploring my vast and beautiful home country (U.S.A.), as well as my vast and equally beautiful home state (California), is as big as a priority as visiting far-flung destinations. I figure I should know as much about my own home as someone else's home thousands of miles away.
My Favorite Places:
Lots still to see, but here are some of my favorites so far: Azores Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago Bora Bora, Society Islands Fraser Island, Australia Sydney, Australia Tasmania (all of it) Milford Sound, New Zealand South Island Sognefjorden, Norway Venice, Italy Switzerland (all of it) Slovenia (all of it) Bali, Indonesia Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia Costa Careyas, Jalisco (Mexico) Fernando de Noronha Islands Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Iguazu Falls, Brazil & Argentina Galapagos Islands Tobago Cays, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Kauai Norh Shore, Hawaii San Francisco, California Lost Coast, California Redwood National Park, California Mendocino & Sonoma Coasts, California Big Sur, California Point Reyes National Seashore, California Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument & Highway 12, Utah Black Hills, South Dakota Charleston, South Carolina Maine\'s Coast