Chris Lock

Christopher travels

Chris Lock

I am a high school teacher. You can see all my photos at My online photos The summer of 2006 was my third summer in a row that I travelled for the entire summer. In 2006 I travelled to London, then Greece, Turkey and Egypt. The summer of 2007 was a trip to Australia. The summer of 2008 was a trip from Cape Town to Nairobi, 6 weeks in a truck with an overland tour company. June to September 2009 was the longest trip at 10 weeks. I visited Central Europe, the Balkans and a side trip for the last week in Paris. The summer of 2010, I crossed the United State by train. I have many future trips planned in my head - but let's take one trip at a time.

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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 2nd 2012

It took me forty six years to find paradise, the sort of place that feels as comfortable as home, but is exotic to keep you interested. The big island of Hawaii is the island paradise among the archipelago that is the state of Hawaii, at least as far as I could judge. And who am I to judge? Oahu was crowded and overrun with cars, while the big island had fewer tourists on more space, and with more to do. The big island is a science nerd fest for me: snorkeling on the reef with tropical fish, an active volcano, telescopes on a very tall mountain, and a verdant rainforest, so I'll have to return to paradise sometime soon to take it all in again. You can only get to paradise by taking chances, and not ... read more
Pearl Harbor
Inside the USS Bowfin submarine
Waikiki Beach

I have been to the end of the world and returned to tell the tale. Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, does certainly feel like it is at the end of the world, where there is nothing left west of the islands. It is remote, quiet and takes an effort to get there, indeed, Haida Gwaii is a purposeful destination, not somewhere you pass through on the way to somewhere else. It is the end. And in the geologic sense, the Haida Gwaii archipelago is on the very edge of the North American continental shelf, as the abyss of the Pacific basin is only a few kilometers offshore. The last ice age passed by much of the islands, and this means that some species evolved with unique characteristics. The first Haida peoples arrived ... read more
Bareskin Bay
Skedans Totem Poles
Salmon Fishing

I stood at the boundary of two of the Earth's major tectonic plate boundaries straddling the San Andreas Fault on the west coast of North America and the eastern Pacific Ocean. We went to the Point Reyes National Seashore for the week-end primarily to see the sea, the beach, the birds and the fault. We drove to a location about 30 miles north of San Francisco, but if we were to return 30 million years from now we could ride our bicycles on a lazy afternoon between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We stayed in the tiny town of Inverness, which is situated on the Pacific Tectonic Plate but looks east over the Tomales Bay, a long inlet from the ocean that doesn't look unlike a Scottish Loch. The Tomales Bay is the rift zone between ... read more
Sea Lions and elephant seals
Tomales Bay from our hotel
Bodega Bay

North America » United States » Nevada » Reno July 24th 2011

I never thought I would enjoy myself so much as I did in a city devoted to sin, avarice and gluttony. Kris and I drove to Reno in the afternoon after my last class at Sacramento State University. We stopped for lunch less than an hour later in Roseville. By 3pm we were heading up into the Sierra Mountains through the Donner Pass. By train this route takes hours at it winds up utilizing many switchbacks, whereas Interstate 80 just muscles its way directly up and over the mountains. The Donner Party came through in the winter of 1846-1847 and got delayed by a variety of mishaps. Ironic that they ended up dining on each other so close in distance to the Sunday buffet at a Reno Casino, though they missed the party by 150 years. ... read more
The Atlantis Casino Resort
Kayak on the Truckee
Kayak on the Truckee

North America » United States » California » Sacramento July 22nd 2011

The Amtrak train trip from Seattle to Sacramento took a relaxing twenty one hours. And the trip to Seattle added another three hours to the front end of the trip to make for a full one day to travel the entire distance south. But it isn't speed to the destination I am seeking, it's the trip itself. I had lunch as we ambled through Portland with two rude and odious women, not related but of mother and daughter in age separation. They spent lunch talking and swearing to each other, and more than once talked about me in the third person. I tried to say a few nice words to be polite, but they were not really worth the effort. I got the last laugh, however, because they asked about the time to their destination - ... read more
Pine Ridge Winery
Pine Ridge Vineyard
Pine Ridge Winery

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 10th 2011

I have never heard a train go by and not wished I were on it. And so I found myself on the Via Rail "Canadian" that heads east from Vancouver. Nineteen hours after ambling through British Columbia we arrived in Jasper, Alberta. I slept in the chair overnight, and slept quite well. Trains are infinitely more comfortable than any bus or car, and remind me of more halcyon days of travel. Whoever waves from a bus, or waves at the travelers in a bus? We wave at trains and their passengers and they wave back. The train was long, possibly as many as twenty carriages, with two dining cars and three dome cars for a panoramic view. The scenery was fantastic as we followed the Fraser River, and then the Thompson River upstream. The highlight was ... read more
Mt Robson from the dome car
Bull elk
Spirit Island and Maligne Lake

North America » United States » California » Mendocino August 29th 2010

My last gasp at summer holidays came in the form of a road trip to the coast, the northern coast of California in Mendocino County. We left the house in Sacramento at about noon on Friday and drove north on Interstate 5 - I drove while Kris continued to work sending emails, texts and making phone calls. The drive here was unremarkable, just flat farm land as far as we could see. At Williams we turned west onto the much slower and smaller highway 20. I drove up into the coastal mountains and past Clear Lake, a very large body of water favoured by boaters with second homes in the country. We stopped at a small town of Lucerne for refreshments and a change of driver. We continued west to the coast as the trees got ... read more
Coastal Sunset at Fort Bragg
Coast and fog at Mendocino
Sunset on rocky headland

North America » United States » California » Lake Tahoe August 25th 2010

Lake Tahoe is an Native Indian word, from the Washoe tribe, that translates to The Lake in the Sky. At 6225 feet, 1897 meters the lake has some serious altitude for such a massive lake - Lake Tahoe is the world's second largest alpine lake. It was formed about 2 million years ago when a basin formed due to normal faulting (tension and separation), and was filled by three ice age glaciers. The lake and surrounding area are simply stunning and fills with millions of tourists each year. On our Independence Day trip to Yosemite National Park we returned to Sacramento via the South Lake Tahoe route and we were stuck in traffic returning from the lake to the city. In the middle of nowhere there was grid lock and plenty more tension. We avoided grid ... read more
Kayaking on Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe and sail boat
MS Dixie II

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 24th 2010

We awoke early and set off early for a day drip to the Bay area around San Francisco. The original plan was to spend a couple of nights in San Francisco, but when we checked the hotel prices we were shocked. And we searched everywhere online for something reasonable with no luck. I guess it was our fault for leaving it so late in planning. We had already visited San Francisco in March so we really didn't need to spend all that money, and repeat a lot of touring we had already done, so we decided to take only a day trip to the Bay area. That's the great thing about Sacramento, it's close enough to do said day trip. We took the Amtrak Capitol Corridor train to Emeryville near Oakland on the eastern side of ... read more
Yacht A and San Francisco
Ferry to Sausalito

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 17th 2010

My stay in New York was 12 days, a little too long for one blog entry, I did so much. After that much time, you really get to know a city and how to get around. I was jumping on the subway and switching between the express and the local trains and then filling in the gaps with the buses like a local. Day 6 is a Wednesday, the day after my first of three Broadway Shows I'd attend, it's another clear day, but the air has always been muggy and warm, but not too uncomfortable - it just takes two showers to bookend the day to feel clean and ready to go. It was a fine and clear day so I headed off to the Staten Island Ferry to photograph the Statue of Liberty. I ... read more
Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry
Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
Upper West Side Hostel

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