Travel Memoirs by Robert H. Morris - A Single, Retired Senior Seeing the World on a Tight Budget
Bob spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what he wanted to do in life. He spent time in the military, photographed California's intertidal invertebrates, designed recreation areas and rest stops, and retired right at 55 so he could travel the world as a single senior citizen.
Immediately after his Senior year of high-school, he was drafted into the Army and sent into WW II in the Pacific; he guarded Japanese prisners of war (POWs) in the Philippines. He later enlisted into the U.S. Air Force for 4 years and was sent to many bases around the country. He then returned to school, first working towards a degree in Marine Biology in Los Angeles and then a degree in Landscape Architecture.
Somewhere in there, he spent almost 5 years living along the coast of California in short-term apartments and motels while he photographed over 2,000 of the State's intertidal invertebrates. This work would eventually find its way into a book on intertial invertebrates published by the Stanford University Press. It was lonely work, but was perfect for someone who had decided that marriage was not for him.
While trying to get his book published, he designed the lanscaping for many of the State's rest stops and public recreation areas. After many years as a landscape architect for the State, he was able to retire when he turned 55. He bought his first home in Sacramento for around $18,000 and fixed it up just enough to suit his needs throughout retirement.
Purchasing an old "fixer-upper" in a sketchy part of Sacramento allowed him to keep most of his retirement savings for things that he planned on doing for many decades--travel around the world and see what there was to see.
He generally opted for group tours at a good price for most of his trips. Only later in life did he take solo trips without a group tour and most of these were fishing related. As his nephew and friend, I was able to travel with him to San Francisco, San Diego, and Reno.
The following pages are his travel memoirs. They almost always start out with a section on what he learned about his destination and then go on to describe each day of the trip, many of which started and ended at the Sacramento Greyhound station.
He was careful to mention both the good and bad that came with traveling "alone" with several stragers on a group tour. The good usually included his solo walking tours of each place and the bad usually consisted of minor health problems in the group, including his own. On one trip, he even experienced and detailed the death of a fellow-traveler on a crowded tour bus.
The text was then carefully combined with pictures and put into a large binder for storage. Almost every trip documented included a list of "snafus" that happened throughout the trip. He always expected these "unexpected problems" during a trip and was careful to document them. A common snafu was lack of a window seat on a plane (for photos) or a window seat that looked into the sun.
Currently, only two of his trips are online - a 2000 fishing trip to Baja and a 2002 fishing trip to Oregon. Please check back, as more trips will continue to be scanned and put onto this site. Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome!
The eastern shoreline of the Sea of Cortez
Flying northward at 25,000' over the Mexican mainland.
A Nice 36" (16-lbs) Dorado
This was the largest Dorado I caught during a Dorado feeding frenzy right under our boat.
A 22" (4-lbs) Walleye
I caught three Walleye in Oregon and this was the nicest.
Circling for a landing at the Guaymas airport
The city itself was located away from the AP on the Gulf of California.
The volcanic basin of Crater Lake
My bird’s eye view helped to make it the most impressive sight of the entire trip to Oregon.
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