John Gareri

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Past Trips and Adventures 2009 - 2005

2009 England

England and American Football in London - October 2009

In the late fall of 2009, I was back in England for a World Scout Jamboree reunion. While there I attended the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the third NFL game to be played in London. Here are pictures from the American Football game.

After the game, I traveled to Grantham and sent a week with Tim and Nicola. While there I took a couple day trip to Durham and Newcastle.

At Anchor in Brixham, England

Under sail in the English Chanel

Voyage of the Atlantic April 2008 - May 2009

At the end of April, 2008, I started a year long sailing trip aboard the barque Picton Castle. The ship is a sail training ship and I was to learn all about sailing a traditional tall ship as well as travel around the North Atlantic. This is a true working ship; there are no passengers aboard, everyone onboard is part of the crew. Some of the crew members are "professional" crew. They are getting paid to be on the ship and all have various levels of experience. The other, larger, group of crew are what I was, trainees. We are there to learn, having no professional credentials or experience.

On this voyage I maintained a travel blog. I would post pictures and write about my experiences on the ship and in the various ports. The blog is called Atlantic Rounds and this is an except from one of the final postings.

"The voyage lasted 364 days from the time we left Lunenburg on May 24, 2008 to our return on May 23, 2009. We traveled nearly 18,000 nautical miles, visited 55 ports, 27 countries and 4 continents. It was quite an adventure to be sure."

I took lots and lots of pictures. Each blog post has one or more slideshows related to that period of time. They are all here in various photo albums.

England March 2008

Lamb Inn Sutton, England March 2008

A friend of mine Steve, that I worked with at the World Jamboree, and his then girlfriend, Merce bought a pub in Sutton, England. I went there for a couple of weeks to help with painting and decorating. I even pulled a pint or two behind the bar.

While there several members of our jamboree team came for dinner so we had a bit of a Jamboree Reunion as well.

Central American Cruise

Cruise to Central America February 2008

In February 2008 I took a 7 night cruise in Carnival Cruise lines with my mother and a large group of friends. The destination this time was to Central America visit Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.

The cruise started and ended in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship we were on was Carnival Miracle.


Superbowl XLII - Glendale Arizona, February 2008

The New England Patriots made it back to the superbowl for the 2007/2008 season. I again had tickets to the game, though this time the outcome was less than perfect. The Patriots were on an 18-0 winning streak and had this one last game for the first undefeated 19-0 season, and just could not get it done.

Duck, NC. OBX

Christmas Week on the Outer Banks of North Carolina December 2007

A few days before Christmas 2007 a bunch of family and friends rented a house in Duck NC for the week. The house was 100 yards from the beach. The week was awesome, we spent a lot of time eating, drinking, playing games, watching movies and making puzzles while we were at the house. We also did a lot of sightseeing including a visit to the Write Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, bird watching, and light houses.

Victory Chimes 2007

Victory Chimes Trip September 2007

Sailing trip on the schooner Victory Chimes out of Rockland Maine. September 10-14, 2007. The weather was foggy and a bit of rain the first 2 days, then bright and sunny after that. On Tuesday, 11 September we sailing in to Brooklin Maine to the Wooden Boat School along with many of the 20 ships that make up the Maine Windjammer Fleet.

Cornwall England 2007

Holiday week in Cornwall England August 2007

After working 3 weeks at the World Jamboree I met up with my friends the Carters and spent a week seeing the South West coastal area of England. It was a wonderful week, great things to see, awesome hospitality, and a great way to sort of unwind after the jamboree.

Click above for some pictures

21st World Scout Jamboree July/August 2007

2007 Jamboree logoAugust 1, 2007 marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Boy Scouts. Since Scouting started in England, it was only fitting that this was the location for this World Scout Jamboree. I was part of the Jamboree Delivery Team working as a Food Supply Coordinator.

The Jamboree was attended by over 40,000 scouts and adults from around the world. It took a staff of over 10,000 individuals, mostly volunteers, to build, deliver and take down this small city.

tahiti sailing 

Tahiti and the Society Islands Sailing April 2007

I spent 2 weeks sailing the Society Islands of French Polynesia with 11 friends. It was an excellent trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth. We flew from Los Angeles to Papeete in Tahiti and then boarded a small plane for the final flight to the island of Raiatea. There we chartered 2 boats from Sunsail for the trip.

We spent the first couple of days sailing around the Islands of Raiatea and Tahaa before heading to Bora Bora for 4 days. After Bora Bora we returned to Raiatea for a stop over on the way to the island of Huahine. One night on Huahine was not enough, as it is an incredibly fantastic island. The crowds seem to ignore it, which is in stark contrast to the Island of Bora Bora.

After visiting Huahine we returned to the Sunsail base and then made our way back to home. Two weeks was not enough, but perhaps a return trip will be in the future.

Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas in Villafranche, France

Fall Cruise in the Mediterranean Oct. 24-Nov 5, 2006

On October 23rd I traveled to Barcelona Spain with two friends, Terry and Ellen. We spent a few days being tourists and then were joined by Larry and Sandie on the 26th. On Saturday, October 28th the five of us boarded a cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, for seven nights of exploring the French and Italian Riviera. We stopped outside, Marseilles and Nice (actually Villefranche) in France and near Pisa (actually Livorno), Rome (really Civitavecchia) and Naples in Italy before heading back to Barcelona on November 4th.

It was an awesome trip, here are some pictures.

2006 BVI Trip

Venture Crew 2006 BVI Trip July 1-15, 2006

In July the venture crew returned to the waters of the British Virgin Islands for two weeks of sailing and fun in the sun. It was a huge success and a great time for the 20 people that went along.

Here are some pictures from the trip.

UK Lake District and a visit with The Carters April 2006

This year I visited England again, but before heading to Tim and Nicola’s house in Lincolnshire, I spent a week walking and driving around the Lake District, which is on the west coast of England. I then spent a week at their house enjoying their wonderful hospitality, doing a bit of caching, having a great Easter dinner at a pub, and some more caching. We even placed their first cache, Honington Hill Fort cache.

Here are some pictures from the trip.

Crew in Wyoming

Summer 2005 Venture Crew trip to Wyoming

On June 25th 14 members of Venture Crew 100 took a trip to Wyoming to do some backpacking in the Wind River Range and some day hikes and other activities in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The trip was a huge success; one of the highlights was spending the 4th of July in Jackson Wyoming.

Here are some crew photos from the trip.

St. Vincent and Grenadines Sailing trip – April 2005

I took a sailing trip with 14 other folks, mostly from New Jersey. We sailed some of the most spectacular waters on the planet. We bareboat charted 3 boats from Sunsail for two weeks and just had a spectacular time.

Some pictures from the trip. I took a bunch of pictures, mostly of people that were on my boat.

Easter Trip to Tim and Nicola’s in England – March 2005

I had a free airline ticket to use and a limited amount of time to use it, so I decided on taking a long overdue trip back to England to see my friends Tim and Nicola and their children, Emily and William. They had moved into a new house a while ago, and I had not seen it yet, so that made for a good excuse for a visit. It was a very relaxed vacation and a wonderful time too!

Some pictures of the trip. We spent some time just having a look for some GeoCaches and exploring places with names from my home town. As always, it was a great time and fun too.

What else have I been up to?

Check out my pages of other trips. I had too many of them to list on just one page so I decide that I would create multiple pages rather than removing less "important" ones, whatever that means.

2001 - 2004

Trips on this page include:
Kilimanjaro Climb
New Zealand Holiday
America's Cup
Alaska Cruise
Venture Crew BVI Trip
Victory Chimes Trip
Italy Vacation

2010 and beyond