The long and rich history of inhabited Hawaii stretches to the fourth century and comprises the vast majority of its identity before becoming the fiftieth U.S. state in 1959. One might argue that no state in the U.S. has such a distinct culture as Hawaii, and there’s no doubt it’s a pleasure to experience firsthand. My girlfriend and I hopped the five-hour flight to Maui from Seattle and hit the ground running with scooters, snorkeling, hiking, whale-watching with the Pacific Whale Foundation and driving the treacherous Road to Hana. Some other landmarks seen are the Dragon’s Teeth in Kapalua and Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului in addition to the waterfalls, bamboo forests, and black rock beaches along the Road to Hana.
A month after Chicago, another wedding sent me west; this time to the small coastal town of Mukilteo, Washington by way of San Francisco to Seattle. Along the way, I made time for Oakland A’s baseball and a visit to AT&T park, Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, a trip on the Subway/BART, and viewing the iconic cable cars of San Francisco. The brief stopover in Seattle afforded an opportunity to get sushi downtown at Japonessa before shuffling quickly to Pike Place Market for ice cream and down to the water near the Seattle Great Wheel. Though I’d been to both cities before, the crunched timetable on this journey made for a whirlwind captured here with moderate success.Read more "San Francisco / Seattle, September 2017 GoPro travel video"
Growing up in the Midwest with the Windy City just a border state away, it was easy to forget that it’s kind of a big deal. We’re talkin’ third biggest city in the U.S. big. Two major league baseball teams big. One-time home of Obama, Kanye, and Oprah big. Though I’ve been a handful of times before, the occasion this summer was for a bachelor party and wedding two weeks apart. This meant two separate trips, and two separate opportunities to take in as much as I could. Some of the highlights included Cloud Gate, the official name for “The Bean” in Millennium Park, a downtown rooftop Jacuzzi, a boat cruise through the Chicago River, Oak Street Beach at Lake Michigan, the house from the TV show ‘Family Matters,’ and of course the wedding itself.Read more "Chicago, July/August 2017 GoPro Travel Video"
In the 1960’s, Donald Trump’s father (real estate developer, Fred Trump) tried to kill Coney Island as we know it. He held a press conference in which he threw a mock funeral for the amusement park in the hopes of having it demolished and rezoned for high-rise condos. Thankfully, he was a huge loser and failed bigly, and as you can see in this video, Coney Island is still very much an amusement mecca. From the historic Coney Island Cyclone featured prominently in the cult film The Warriors to the ramshackle Wonder Wheel, the vibrant park is storied but still very relevant. Other sights seen here include the Roosevelt Island tramway, Central Park, Times Square, Governor’s Island, the Financial District charging bull (and girl), Astoria, Queens, East Village and Joe Strummer mural, Freedom Tower, Oculus Train Station, Tom’s Restaurant (from Seinfeld), Brooklyn Bridge, and Staten Island Ferry.Read more "New York City, May 2017 GoPro Travel Video"