How did you get interested in travel?
My dad was a private pilot and he took our family on a trip across the United States. Flying over the country at low altitude gave me the bug to see not only my country but as much of the world as I could. So, when I was in college, I took six months off and youth-hosteled my way through Europe.
Favorite city or country? why?
So far, Scotland. I love the varied landscapes, seeing the farms and visiting friends there.
Best or most interesting travel experience
The six-week road trip I took with my husband across the U.S. three years ago. I loved the amazing landscapes, visiting historical sites and seeing the wildlife. It was a lot of fun because sometimes we just made a spur-of-the-moment decision to stop somewhere that wasn’t on our itinerary.
Ever met anyone famous?
Ronald Reagan when he was Governor of California and Gerald Ford when he was President and visited San Jose. Because both situations were small informal gatherings, I got to see how down-to-earth these men were.
Likes: Reading, planning my next travel experience (will it be a cruise?) and visiting family and friends
Loathes: Lima beans, being late, bad drivers
Favorite food: Prime rib—where’s the beef!
Favorite restaurant: the Tonga Room at the Fairmont in San Francisco
Something interesting that people might not guess about you
I once went on a 10-day cattle drive in Nevada. It was the most relaxing vacation I have ever had. My only responsibilities were making sure my horse was well cared for and keeping the cattle moving along.
A trip that you could do over and over again and not get bored? why?
Europe by rail, my own Hop on—Hop off, and not on a high-speed train because I want to see the countryside.
The most unforgettable view you’ve ever seen
Sunset in Hawaii
A place you’ve never visited but really hope to get to
Australia and New Zealand