Strange and Unexpected:
Backpack on the Road



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"…given a bit of slack, I’ll wander all over the place when telling a story..."

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And so begins the introduction to Strange and Unexpected: Backpack on the Road, the latest effort from Bob. The books were released in paperback and Kindle versions on April 9, 2013.

Strange and Unexpected is a trilogy of sorts, divided into multiple volumes that include material based around Florida, California and Las Vegas. But that's not all...

These travel journals will cover adventures from Key West to San Francisco... Everglades to Joshua Tree... Grand Canyon to Muir Woods... Disney, Hoover Dam, wine tastings, casinos... a lot of miles were covered while assembling these stories.

Material was drawn primarily from the tour diaries that have chronicled several of the trips and have been published here at In My Backpack. For a bit of a preview, you can head over to the Travel section of In My Backpack -- where some of the material continues to reside -- as was the case with Time Just Drifts Away, most of the content for the books includes material that is (or once was) posted here on the site.

But that's not all.

Terry and Bob are leading the way, as participants in each of the trips. And they have a set of companions that include family and friends with world-class, world-wide experience. A total of 18 people take part in the journies chronicled throughout Strange and Unexpected, and all of them offer some feedback on these travels.

In addition, there will be new efforts and segments from Bob developed specifically for the books.

"Let’s have this understood… I am not a travel insider or professional, nor am I attempting to be one. We are not going to cover getting great discounts, whether or not to buy travel insurance, or the best ways to navigate a theme park so that all the big rides are included in your visit. (At least not in a consistent way that a table of contents, chapter heading, or a cross-referencing index might assist in finding. It’s honestly not the point, so it isn’t really a featured concept.)

In fact, there is a good chance that some people will read these stories and have one of these reactions: 'Wow, I can’t believe they think the food at that place is good.' -- 'How can they claim to have visited that park and yet fill-in-the-blank.' ('they never got on that ride'… 'saw that attraction'… 'tried that food cart'… 'bought that hat?'… and any number of other possible thoughts.) -- 'There is more to the city of fill-in-the-blank than this group saw. Much more.'

You get the idea. These are our trips. We’ve missed things that perhaps you’ve seen. And yet -- again, perhaps -- we’ve seen things you haven’t. Consider the source...

...There are restaurants some of you love that we didn’t know existed back then… and still don’t even know exist today… and might not care for even if we did find them. Apply that idea to rides, hotels, shopping and every other part of a vacation and travel.

We are going to share some opinions… maybe create a few laughs with our experiences… and occasionally, there might just be a moment or two that actually does help you with your plans.

We’d like to invite you to join our group… become a part of our travelling gang… share our adventures and experiences… and, hopefully, recognize the different people as they appear in each travel journal and on different trips."

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