The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


We left San Francisco and flew to Portland for David and Melissa's wedding.

After watching Anthony Bourdain's show on Portland, we had to check out Voodoo Donuts. Pam got their trademark maple bar with bacon. It was actually pretty good. The next day we walked a ridiculous distance exploring the city in near 100 degree weather. I'm pretty sure we burned it off.

We were riding the bus toward the city center and saw what looked like a whole row of taco trucks, so we got right off to take a look. There were all different kinds of food for sale -- Thai, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Mexican...

We met up with Tami and were treated to delicious oysters!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Good Life and the Adventure

Pam and I always give ourselves mottos to live by, or rather slogans to describe our lives. Because our good attitude is what's behind the wheel, and the description is what follows as a reminder of our good choices. Hah, always congratulating ourselves half tongue in cheek. Lately it's been "The Good Life" because that's what we're always telling ourselves we're living. Here in San Francisco we're having a great time. Living in the city is the best. Amazing food, art, music, hiking, camping. It's close to Tahoe, so you can snowboard great mountains if you want. Even walking to the corner for groceries and cooking together at home is reason for a celebration of our good fortune. The down side is that it's expensive to live here, and we feel like we spend entirely too much time paddling without going anywhere. We get by fine and feel like we take full advantage of our free time here, but realize this isn't the only place in the world we can live like this. The other thing is the weather. Kind of cold a lot of the time.

We came up with another slogan: "The Adventure," to describe our life in the near future as we move to Thailand to teach English and experience a new way of living. Yes, of course beautiful beaches and 80 degree ocean water contributed to our choosing that location. Also the modest cost of living and relaxed pace are appealing and worth a hearty first hand test drive. Currently we're in this in-between slogan stage, still living the good life, but preparing to embark on the adventure. Maybe I should come up with a title for this period... nah, this period will be over before we know it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Must Add to the Best Pizza in SF List

Mmm... Pizza Orgasmica offers beautiful gourmet pizzas. Pictured above is the Latin Lover. I highly recommend this one.