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Tomgoetz.com is a collection of photo journals from Tom and Jana's
travels abroad and a few from our travels in the U.S.A.

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Tom Goetz and Jana Neighbors live near Knoxville, Tennessee, and have been married since May 2000. These journals are from our travels together, as well as a few of Tom's solo trips in the 1990's.


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San Diego 2017

A short trip to San Diego for fun with family and friends, celebrating the nuputials of nephew Chris and his bride Kelsey. We fit in some touristy tasks as well, including visits to the USS Midway Museum, the San Deigo Zoo, and Coronado Island.


New York and More 2017

A week and a half in the northeastern states of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Canadian province of Ontario. Includes visits to New York City, Lake Placid, Thousand Islands, and Niagara Falls.


Southern California 2017

Our winter getaway to sunny southern California, from Las Vegas to San Diego to Palm Desert, including visits to Borrego Springs, Salton Sea, and Joshua Tree National Park.


Myanmar 2016

Twelve days in the rapidly changing Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma), with short stops in Dubai and Bangkok. Highlights include Mandalay, Mingun, Sagaing, Inwa, Pyin Oo Lwin, Gokteik Viaduct, Bagan, Inle Lake, and Yangon.


Oregon and Washington 2015

A short two weeks in the Pacific Northwest, exploring beaches, rivers, gorges, caves, deserts, forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers.


Iceland, September 2014

A two-week circumnavigation of one of the most photogenic islands on earth.


Croatia & Slovenia, 2013

Two weeks in the former Yugoslavian countries of Croatia and Slovenia, with daytrips into Bosnia i Herzegovina and Montenegro.


New England, 2012

A wonderful week in the Northeast, including the Cliff Walk at Newport, Rhode Island; Acadia National Park in Maine; the White Mountains of New Hampshire; and historic Boston, Massachusetts.


Yosemite National Park, California, 2012

Five days in spectacular Yosemite National Park, a day in Palo Alto with the Neighbors family, and a day at Point Reyes National Seashore.


Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2011

A two-week trip to South Africa, including eight days in Kruger National Park, and a drive along the Panorama Route, at the Blyde River Canyon.


San Francisco, March 2010

A week in San Francisco and Big Sur, beginning with a bonus visit to Stanford University to visit a nephew.


South Florida, February 2009

A week-long road trip through southern Florida from Clearwater to Key West via Fort Myers, Naples, and the Everglades, and back via Miami and Lake Okeechobee, winding up with a relaxing day at the beach on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.


Southern Africa, October 2007

A self-drive 4x4 safari beginning and ending in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The focus of our trip was Botswana, where we visited Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.  We capped off our trip with Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Gulf Coast, Mexico, and Mardi Gras, February 2007

A 3,225-mile road trip along the U.S. South Coast to the Rio Grande Valley and into Nuevo Progresso, Mexico. Along the way, we observed the damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, took a swamp tour and visited Avery Island, Louisiana, toured Forbidden Gardens in Katy, Texas, and ended the trip with two nights in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!


Oktoberfest, September 2006

A whirlwind trip to selected sites in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, with bonus small ventures into Italy and Liechtenstein. Non-Oktoberfest highlights included The Romantic Road, Danube Gorge, and Berchtesgaden, Germany; Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave and Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria; Lucerne, Switzerland, and the magnificent Swiss Alps.


Down Under, February 2006

Six days in the Melbourne, Australia, area, including The Great Ocean Road, Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, Black Spur Drive, Lake Eildon, Mt. Buller, and Phillip Island. Ten adventure-filled days in New Zealand, including Rotorua (home of Zorb!), Taupo, Wellington, Nelson, Greymouth, Okarito, Arthur's Pass, Wanaka, and Queenstown.


Grand Canyon, July 2005

A five-day rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, with a few extra days for stops at Zion National Park and Walnut Canyon National Monument.


Ecuador, March 2005

A seven-day cruise in the Galapagos Islands (with some fantastic snorkeling) and seven days in the highlands of Ecuador, including the northern Latacunga Loop and a grueling hike at Laguna Volcan Quilotoa, plus a visit to the equator; and two days in Bogota, Colombia.


Midwest U.S.A., July 2004

A week in the heartland of America in search of scenic places and man-made oddities. Following the Mississippi River from Illinois to Minnesota, we visited such fine tourist attractions such as Garden of the Gods in Illinois, Spook Cave in Iowa, FAST Corp. in Sparta, Wisconsin, House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin, the sculpture "Spindle" in Berwyn, Illinois, and Lake Michigan.


Puerto Rico, U.S.A., October 2003

A one-week road trip along the north coast of Puerto Rico and along La Ruta Panorámica through the Cordillera Central, with stops at the Arecibo radio telescope (home of the SETI program), Camuy Caves, Cerro de Punta, El Yunque tropical rain forest, and Old San Juan.


Mexico & Guatemala, February 2003

Two weeks in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco, with a side trip into Guatemala. Highlights were the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, and Bonampak in Chiapas; the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala; Las Lagunas de Montebello, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, and El Cañon del Sumidero in Chiapas; the Olmec Heads and the Mayan ruin of Comalcalco in Tabasco.


Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Parks, September 2002

Eleven days exploring three of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States. The majority of the non-Park attractions were in Idaho, including the Captive Geyser and Monsanto Slag Pour in Soda Springs, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, and watching BASE jumpers at the Perrine Memorial Bridge over the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls.


Perú & Bolivia, February 2002

Three weeks in the Andes and the altiplano, visiting Arequipa and Puno in Peru, then on to La Paz, Bolivia, and a bike ride down "El Camino de la Muerte" (The Road of Death) from La Cumbre Pass to Coroico in the Andes. Back in Peru, we stayed in Cusco, visiting The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu a/k/a "The Lost City of the Incas." We finished our trip with a day in Lima.


Mid-Atlantic, U.S.A., September 2001

A nine-day trip through the Mid-Atlantic states, a region Tom lived in for ten years before moving to Knoxville. Highlights included Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob in West Virginia; Great Falls in Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and the Atlantic coast from Delaware to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Japan, March 2001

Nine days in Japan, beginning in Yokohama visiting Tom's old friends Mark and Tracy, who were living there. Mark and Tracy traveled with us for a couple of days to the beautiful, historic city of Kyoto, then Jana and I ventured off on our own to the southern island of Kyushu via shinkansen (bullet train). On Kyushu we stayed in Nagasaki and visited the geothermal area of Unzen and volcano Fugen-dake.


Our Mexican Honeymoon, May 2000

Beginning in San Jose del Cabo, we visited La Paz, took a ferry across the Sea of Cortez, rode the Copper Canyon train to Creel, and spent a night in Batopilas in the heart of the canyon. Later stops included Hidalgo de Parral and Durango, plus we took a scenic bus ride along the infamous El Espinazo del Diablo. We spent two nights in Mazatlan, then returned to Baja California, where we visited Land's End near Cabo San Lucas.


Britain & Amsterdam, October 1999

Two weeks in England and Scotland, with a ferry trip across the North Sea for a few days in Amsterdam. Places visited include London and York, England; Edinburgh, Inverness, Keith (home of the Strathisla distillery), and the Isle of Skye, Scotland; and Bath, England.


Spain, November 1998

Tom's unplanned, last-minute vacation mainly in Spain, with a few days in Portugal, and day-trips to the British territory of Gibraltar, and Tangier, Morocco. Spain highlights included Toledo and Granada.


Central America, November 1997

Tom's 18-day travels in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, beginning in Playa del Carmen and Chetumal on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, then south to Belize to see the Mayan sites of Xunantunich and Caracol, then into Guatemala, visiting Tikal, Flores, Antigua, Volcan Pacaya, Lago Atitlan, and finishing the trip back in Mexico with San Cristóbal de las Casas and Palenque.


Venezuela, November 1996

Tom's eleven-day trip to Venezuela in 1996. Places visited include Valencia, Merida, La Venezuela de Antier, Jaji, Maracay, Paraguana Peninsula, Campo Carabobo, and Caracas.

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