Jo and I caught up with our nieces and Jo’s sister Melissa and her husband in Orlando Florida at Universal Studios theme park.  Jo’s niece’s are huge fans of Harry Potter so the main focus of this trip was Harry Potter World.  Harry Potter World was very impressive.  I think my favorite part was Diagon Alley, especially the fire breathing dragon over Gringotts Bank.  The hotels and resort were also great.  The water taxis were very cool.  We were kind of shocked to find a fake San Francisco in the park.  The Jurassic Park area was quite cool and I could have spent a little more time in the Simpson’s Springfield area.  In any event it was a great time.  Here are some photos from the trip.

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So Jo and I decided to take a road trip from San Francisco to Killeen Texas to visit her family.  I made the trip from the Bay Area to Texas once before and I’m glad Jo was up for the experience because it was something I really enjoyed.  There is something very therapeutic about a long road trip.  Having that much time to think, reflect, and if you are with someone, to talk with them with no distractions is just something that many people in their day to day lives don’t necessarily get.  Also in the age of immediate gratification and travel via airlines, the idea that it will take some significant time to get to your destination, there is just something liberating abut that, being on the road, only stopping for food and rest.  So on our trip we saw some amazing landscapes and skies.  I thought I’d share some of our photos.

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