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My Family in the U.S.

Our Two Stays

We have been in the U.S. twice so far. First time, we spent almost 10 years in Austin, TX from July 1984 to February 1994 for my study. My two boys (Chung-Hyun Paul Moon & Chung-Woo Andrew Moon) were born in Texas. So they are genuine Texans.

And this time, we came back to Austin, TX for my sabbatical on the 2nd of July. 1999. Then we moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a big truck on the 3rd of July, 2000. We will be here in Milwaukee until the end of this year, after which we will be back in Korea.

Our Road Trips Since July 1999

Since we came to the U.S. on the 2nd of July, 1999, we have logged over 10,000 miles on the road. This was much more than the distance we traveled while we had been in our previous 10-year stay. How is it possible? First of all, I can look at the world from a little different perspective. Back then, I was a graduate student, who did not have time nor money to travel a lot. And secondly, after spending 6 years in Korea after the graduation, I felt that my whole family should travel as much as possible when we have a chance to really travel, not to be stuck in the road-turned-to-parking lot. 

Now, I will summarize our trips with some of pictures starting from the most current one. (But it will be a while until I finish listing all the trips.)

Other than the fact that we can't afford travelling by air (with 4 family members), road trips have their own advantages. We can get to see everything much better. Even though sometimes we got tired of seeing the more or less same scenery for a whole day or two, it surely beats seeing, or trying to see something from 25,000 feet above. Another fun part is getting to drive many different kinds of cars. These trips were about the only chances I could get to drive those cars still with fresh, or nauseating, smell of brand-new automobiles. 


Entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park

Bridal Falls in Yosemite (Andrew is pointing his tooth, or the place where his tooth used to be. I pulled out his front tooth in the morning we left for this trip.)


With Winnie-the-Pooh (Chung-Woo's favorite) at Disneyland