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You should definitely check out the "Travel Tales" section...

It was initially the most popular portion of this site...

Ideas to expand on . . .

  • Lodging, dining and transportation reviews
  • List our past vacation destinations
  • Show some pictures
  • List places I would LIKE to go

Recent trips...

Man...  I've been on so many trips (dozens --> hundreds?) since I updated the table below!!! 
I'll try to get to it soon.

June/July, 1999 Washington, DC Summerfield Suites (Dupont Circle) A/C did not work and it was extremely hot (over July 4); will write up more about the trip itself later
June/July, 1999 Washington, DC Hotel Washington Right across the street from the White House; historic hotel; nice
June, 1999 Dallas Hilton Garden Inn So new it still smelled like it; tons of restaurants very close
June, 1999 Montreal Quality Suites Fine
May, 1999 Toronto Toronto Airport Hilton Construction finished; pretty nice, but Sherator & Marriott still more luxurious
April, 1999 Sunnyvale, CA Sunnyvale Hilton A little better than last time
March, 1999 Sunnyvale, CA Sunnyvale Hilton Okay; not a shining performer for a Hilton
November, 1998 Hawaii -- Oahu Hilton Hawaii Village Big & crowded; Nice
  Hawaii -- Maui Maui Prince (Westin) VERY,VERY NICE!
November, 1998 Toronto Toronto Airport Hilton Construction = nasty; will try again later
October, 1998 San Francisco Marriott (downtown) Very nice; close to Moscone conv center
Frequent traveler programs:
Program Balance Some destinations we've seen
via points / miles
Some destinations we've "paid for" with this provider
United Airlines Mileage Plus 900,000+ miles
Hawaii (four times?)
and miscellaneous family vacations
Paris & Lyon, France
Toronto, Toronto, Toronto, Toronto
Los Angeles & Anaheim, CA
Hilton HHonors 800,000+ points
(joint account)
Hilton Hawaiian Village (Oahu) (twice)
Hilton Waikoloa Village (Big Island) (twice)
Miami Fountainbleau Hilton
Napa Embassy Suites
Tapatio Cliffs Pointe Hilton (Phoenix)
Tucson El Conquistador
Paris Hilton Eiffel Tower
Lyon Hilton
Toronto Airport & Downtown Hiltons
Toronto/Markham Hilton Suites
Belfast (& Templepatrick) Hilton
Hilton Lac-Leamy (Ottawa)
Montreal Airport Hilton
Marriott Rewards 450,000+ points
Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort
St. Louis Renaissance Grand
Kansas City Country Club Plaza Courtyard
{Haven't used many of these points yet}
Marriott Toronto Airport
Renaissance Toronto Airport
Marriott Ottawa Downtown
JW Marriott Starr Pass (Tucson)
JW Marriott Grande Lakes (Orlando)
Starwood Preferred Guest 12,000+ points Both resorts on Lana'i (before converted to Four Seasons) Sheraton Toronto Airport (trend??)
Sheraton Toronto Downtown
Westin Harbour Castle (Toronto)
Four Points Toronto Lakeshore
American AAdvantage 25,000+ miles   Dallas
Air Canada Aeroplan < 25,000   Montreal and Ottawa, Canada
Continental OnePass 40,000+   Merida & Acapulco, Mexico
US Airways 35,000+ {collected via America West before merger} Phoenix
California (Disneyland)
Delta minimal   {European partners}
Royal Caribbean     Bahamas, Key West
Grand Cayman, Haiti, Jamaica (Ocho Rios), Cozumel
St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Antigua, Barbados
Norwegian Cruise Lines     Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Cancun
Revised:  July 27, 2008.