Parents Instill Love of Travel at Early Age.
Having been born in the Dallas, Texas, area to native Californians, many of my earliest trips were to visit relatives in the San Luis Obisbo and San Francisco areas.
Dad owned a small ranch near Tyler, Texas, and we would venture there on long weekends. My younger sister, Marilyn, and I used to make forts there and pretend we were on safari in darkest Africa.
Other early trips included family vacations to the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and a lost-to-my memory jaunt to Santa Fe and other spots in New Mexico - a location my mother resided during World War II and where I moved in 1994.
We lived in Garland (a suburb of Dallas) until 1972, when we moved to Midland in the middle of the West Texas oil fields. From there, we made frequent trips to Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico and my first "international trip" across the border to Juarez, Mexico.