Hi! My name is Rosemary, but most people call me Yuka or Little Hotdog. My experience of the world began in a forested patch of Northern California, in the heart of what was then apple country. I grew up poking around redwoods, falling into creeks, getting stuck in trees, and exploring as much of nature as I could fit in before dinner.
My dad, being a Tokyo native and an avid traveler himself, always thought that it was important for his kids to see the world, so I got hooked on exploring before I could walk. One of my earliest memories is of an old, grizzled Fijian man using a machete to hack open a coconut so that I could taste the sweet milky water inside. Before graduating high school, I had snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, built pink sand castles in Bermuda, scaled Mayan pyramids in Belize, prayed at Shinto temples in Japan, flown via zipline through Panamanian jungle canopies, watched fireworks in Barcelona, picked sunflowers in the French countryside, rode horses through Canadian forests, been SCUBA diving in Cayman sea caves, and lived for a year on the big island of Hawai'i.
Eventually, my passion for world travel led me to pursue a career in archaeology. After earning my Master's degree in London, I participated in both research and rescue excavations in Turkmenistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.
In recent years, I've managed to see Egypt, Oman, and Crete, as well as having revisited Turkey, France, and Hawai'i on multiple occasions. And I never shy from domestic travel, either! I've been on my share of road trips and cross-country retreats, covering most of both coasts and quite a bit in the middle!
At home, though, I try to keep it simple; I still think that a long trip through a good salad bar is one of the most satisfying little vacations a person can have.