Trip to North America in 1993

I had a bad accident in July 1989 and almost lost my leg. I promised myself that, when it was all over, I’d treat myself to a trip of a lifetime. I lost my walking stick on the bus between Toronto and Niagara Falls and have been walking unaided since then.

The meat of the matter will be the subject of a longer entry sometime later (I took a diary during the trip). Meanwhile, here’s a list of where I and my two travelling companions visited:

  • 24 June – Toronto
  • 28 June – Niagara Falls
  • 29 June – Buffalo
  • 30 June – New York City
  • 3 July – New Orleans
  • 7 July – Miami
  • 14 July – Las Vegas
  • 15 July – Grand Canyon (Utah)
  • 17 July – Zion Canyon (Utah)
  • 18 July – Bryce Canyon (Utah)
  • 19 July – San Francisco
  • 22 July – Yosemite National Park
  • 25 July – Sacramento (to see The The)
  • 26 July – Santa Cruz
  • 28 July – Winnipeg
  • 1 August – Seattle
  • 2 August – Vancouver

We stayed in Vancouver for two weeks, topping and tailing our trip in Canada. It was indeed the trip of a lifetime and I have many happy memories of it. I’ve since visited the USA several times, but the first trip was the best. I love North America, truly. It’s just so bloody big!


  1. Now that’s what I call a trip. I think you’ve been around more states than I have, and I live in Wisconsin, haha.

    It’s really good to hear that you’ve recovered from your accident. That sounds like such a serious time in your life… Good for you for getting around without a walking stick. I’ve seen people struggling with injuries before without aid, and I always wish there was something I could do. It’s good to know that you can overcome an obstacle like that with willpower.

  2. Thanks Lauren. I have an almost-finished entry written about my accident and some photos just waiting for me to get it finished. Vox has been cathartic for me in many ways, particularly in the way that it has inspired me to dig out my old diaries and calendars and revisit my past and try to make some sense of it all.

    I should serialise my US trip diary for an entry – would make some interesting reading! Being in New Orleans for 4 July was a real treat. It was a great place to spend some time and we met some really cool people there. But boy was it hot!