Singe Expansion

Mauirocks Traveling is one of my favorite things. I don't get to travel as often as I'd like, but when I do there's much to learn about other people and places around the globe.  I've been thinking about my travel reaches with the conclusion of television's best realtity tv show, The Amazing Race. 

NORTH: the furthest north I've been is Fairbanks, Alaska.  1992.  My family took a spring break trip to Alaska to visit one of our brother's who lived in Anchorage.  Given my love for snow over heat, this was the perfect spring break.  It was a necessary trip since it happened only three months after one of our siblings died in 1991.  It was a great time.  I'd never seen so many glaciers in one place before.  We got stuck in a blizzard, I made my first credit card purchase (a couple night's stay at a Super 8 motel), and we saw tons of wildlife.  Things which I remember the most on this trip: the potholes in Seward, the vast nothingness of Alaska, dirty cars, unmatched scenic beauty, and heaps of snow.

SOUTH: I had to research this one a bit because I thought it might be West Palm Beach, Florida instead of Maui, Hawaii.  After a little internet digging, it's clear Maui is the winner.  2001.  It took me almost 28 years to land on Hawaii, but I made up for lost time.  I visited the island for the first time in 2001 with my wife and 25 of our closest friends.  Yep, we got "mauied" as some like to say.  It was one of the best decisions we've ever made. 

EAST: spaceba! In 2000, I went on a whirlwind work trip to five countries. It was on the first leg of this trip where I set my eastern expansion.  We landed in Helsinki, Finland and spent one night in town, then drove east to the Finland-Russia border.  We overnighted in Imatra, Finland and took Finnish cabs to a paper mill in Svetogorsk, Russia.  

Well, "they" took cabs.  I forgot my hardhat inside my hotel room, ran back inside to retrieve it, and by the time I got back outside… the cab was gone.  My colleagues cab drove off unaware I wasn't in the cab.   About 45 minutes later a nice cab driver arrived and took me to the primitive Russian border crossing.  I had some complications crossing the border since I couldn't speak Russian or Finnish with the border agent.  Thankfully my helpful non-English speaking cabbie rushed up and saved my ass by explaining I was with him and that he'd be escorting me to the Russian paper mill.   Let me tell you, it was a very interesting border crossing.  Later that night back in Finland, we got hammered while Baywatch was playing on the bar TV. 

WEST:  once again Maui takes the nod.  Our most recent trip to Maui happened in 2006.  We traveled with our friends and rented a condo for a week.  We try to return to Maui every other year during the month of April to tie it in with our anniversary.  It's truly one of our most favorite places.  We look forward to taking Baby Singe so she can play in the surf at the beach on our fourth visit.  


About lessinges

Seattle native, discovering life! I like ice cream, cold cereal, and The Amazing Race.
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17 Responses to Singe Expansion

  1. justrun says:

    Strangely, this post made me realize that I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time. Wow.

  2. Candace says:

    Ah, it WAS a rice burner comment Now I get it.
    Yeah, we drive a Toyota cuz our Ford blew up. Turns out they knew there were probs with that model, but didn’t recall since there weren’t yet enough documented complaints. Will I ever buy another American van? Not in the near future, that’s for sure. But we also own a Saturn, because those were damn good cars in their early years. Needless to say, we have an “older” one.
    I’m not on board with the bailout either. Why reward failure? Ditto to the other bailout. And gee, look how great that’s turning out. :-/

  3. Michelle says:

    I miss Alaska. If I had unlimited amounts of money I’d go back for a really long holiday (and buy a Tlingit blanket) because it’s incredibly beautiful there. (I spent my first 7 years there.. sometimes my dad would drive us north and just keep driving.) Somewhere in Alaska would be my farthest north.
    Luckily, I’ve been to Hawaii as well. It was fantastic, getting married there sounds really great! We did a little island hopping, I’d love to go back. Hawaii would be my farthest west.
    Farthest east is a bit sad for me. If I started in Oregon (where I grew up) it’d be more impressive, but from here? where I live, not so much. It’s somewhere in Holland that we went on a weekend trip.
    South, Bogota Colombia. I was 5? 6 maybe? My great-uncle got lost? I’m not sure of the details, but my dad drove us all from Juneau, Alaska to Bogota Colombia. And everywhere in between. And then drove back.
    I’d love to do more travelling. Go farther east. Or south, or west, or anywhere, really.

  4. SM says:

    Traveling rules…I need to do more of it and probably won’t be able to do big travels for awhile.
    My big travel goal is to get to Italy, but I’d also settle for Canada (Prince Edward Island, to be exact).

  5. Diane Mandy says:

    Typically, I hardly ever visit a place twice because there is so much in the world to see, but I have to agree with yo about Maui. I look forward to going back there some day!

  6. churlita says:

    I would love to travel more. Maybe once my girls are out of the house, I’ll have more money to do that.

  7. kirk says:

    OK. I’ll play. The farthest north I’ve been in Moscow, RU (If you mean in the Americas then it would have to be just up I-5 from in Vancouver BC).
    South would be Phuket, Thailand (again, if you mean Americas, it would have to be Costa Rica).
    East? I flew east to get to Moscow so I guess that’s as far east as I’ve gone.
    West? This is weird since people think of it as the Far East but it would be Thailand again. But again, I flew west to get there.
    Directions are relative. I’ve heard that in Australia you can buy maps that put in the same space as the US appears on our our maps. I hope to travel to Australia/NZ soon to see if that’s true about the maps (and the toilet flushing)

  8. big bro says:

    This geography makes about as much sense as Palin! N,S,E and W travels all relatively west coast/pacific ocean touching countries…what gives waldo? 🙂

  9. Matt says:

    Hey there E! Traveling is so nice to do, I remember all the early family vacations. Unfortunately I haven’t been on many of my own…yet!
    I do remember though that we used to go to Maui every year for two weeks in the summer for vacation and it was beautiful. Where on the island did you/ do you go?
    Also, I can’t seem to find your e-mail address, so I don’t have your Wii info anymore, and now my Wii is hooked into Wi-Fi….can you get that info to me again? Thanks!

  10. Candace says:

    d’oh. Wrong post.

  11. Cléa says:

    I’d love to visit Maui again. This post brought back memories.

  12. egan says:

    Justrun – have you really been reading since 2006? Wow, that’s pretty cool. 2006 seems like a distant memory to me since so much has happened since then.
    Candace – I love when you get political. I’m pretty sure you’re the first Michigan resident to go on record as against the bailout. You do have a rockin’ Toyota van. Who needs handles right? As long as the car runs, that’s what really matters.
    Michelle – your dad is amazing for driving to Colombia from Alaska with kids. I think it would be a really cool trip to document. I partially read a book about these guys that drove from Alaska to the southern tip South America in Argentina. Where did you grow up in Oregon?
    SM – Prince Edward Island? That’s on my list as well. Any reason for PEI? I’m really intrigued by the Canadian maritimes. I’d love to explore Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Quebec. I’m such a dork for those areas, I have a map of Atlantic Canada hanging on cubicle wall.
    Diane Mandy – you know you have a great point about visiting somewhere twice. There is so much to see. For us Maui has a special bond relating to our wedding, but I’d love to explore the other Hawaiian islands too.
    Churlita – it’s a darn shame travel costs money. Otherwise I’d be traveling all the time.
    Kirk – Australia is high on my list of places to see. I’ve heard about these same maps or the upside down ones. I guess I’m basing my geography based on where I was born or grew up. In my case, the same area. How did you like Thailand?
    Big Bro – what’s so complex about it? You were born in California. Base your travels (x and y axis) off of that location. It’s not complex or like new math in the least bit.
    Matt – I’ll send you my Wii digits again. The wifi action on the Wii is pretty fun. Do you have Mario Kart? That’s a good wifi game. We stayed in Napili the past two visits. We were in Wailea when we got married. The Napili area is much to our liking or at least has been.
    Candace – it’s all good yo!
    Cléa – when did you last go to Maui? How long were you there?

  13. SM says:

    PEI for this reason. I had originally hoped to go here this year (2008) because of it being the 100th anniversary of Anne. I so wanted to explore the places that I had seen in my favourite movie so many times. But due to circumstances beyond my control, I didn’t get to go. Obviously.

  14. Cléa says:

    I was in Hawaii for 10 days, stayed in Waikiki and took day trips to Maui and the Big Island. Should have stayed in Maui. Much much nicer and less commercialised.

  15. Michelle says:

    My dad wanted to move somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, but didn’t know where. So he got out a map, closed his eyes and pointed. He didn’t care if we were in Oregon or Northern California so that’s where he was aiming. His finger landed on Medford, so we moved there but only lasted 6 months because my dad hated it and moved us to Eugene. We lived there longer than any other place (10 years) Thinking back on it, it was Bogota at all. It was Caracas, Venezuela. Still. I’d like to have one memory of the trip, but sadly I was too little. We were a big road-tripping family. My dad didn’t fly anywhere (until I moved to England).

  16. egan says:

    SM – circumstances beyond your control? Passhaw! I kid. Yes, I can see why you’d romanticize PEI. I entralled with that area of Canada. I love coastal areas, isolated coastal areas are even more mysterious.
    Cléa – oh, I see. I’ve never spent in time in Honolulu. How long does it take to fly to Hawaii from Sydney? Day trips to Maui makes it sound like you’re great at kayaking.
    Michelle – Medford is a cool area, but I think it would be too small for me. Even Eugene seems like it could be on the small side of towns, but it does appear to have all you could want in a city. I love road trips and my wife gets car sick easily. We’ll have to see what the future holds for us. Do you road trip with your boys?

  17. emma james says:

    I haven’t traveled since 2003 (I don’t consider it traveling unless it requires a passport and a foreign language) and this post makes me sad, sad, sad! I have a very bad case of the travel bug!
    And yep, I’ll play –
    N: on this continent – Whistler, Canada. worldwide – Edinburgh, Scotland
    S: Iguacu Falls, Argentina
    E: (traveling that direction from LA) Cappadocia, Turkey
    W: (traveling that direction from LA) Lhasa, Tibet
    Now I gotta go get on travelocity and dream, ’cause with this damn economy it’s gonna be another long while before I get to pull out the suitcases, passport, and Frommers.
    I do fantasize about Bhutan, though.

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