Quick links: [2001: World trip] [2009: 160-mile walk] [2012: South America] [Now: Mountain home]

Welcome to the Lee Family Web Site!

You can send us email at < email(at)worldtrippers(dot)com >. 
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Latest updates:

October 13, 2015: Recovery Efforts
September 21, 2015: The Butte Fire: Before and After
September 20, 2015: Sifting through the Shed
September 19, 2015: Ground Zero
September 18, 2015: In the Company of Heroes
September 17, 2015: After the Fire
September 17, 2015: Re-entry
September 13, 2015: The Butte Fire

   Please scroll down to read about all of our adventures!

YouTube videos:

Our son Joss has created several channels on YouTube. He uploads new videos all the time from college!

Poi is Awesome (Magic and video blog)
Moment of Music (Musical performances)
The Worldtrippers (Various tours of our mountain home)

2003-2013: We build our own Home on top of a Mountain
(last updated October 13, 2015)

In the Spring of 2003, Russell, Gail, and our children Cameron (12) and Joss (10) purchased 50 acres of property on a mountain top in California’s gold country.  In the fulfillment of yet another crazy fantasy (i.e., mid-life crisis), we decided to build an entire house by ourselves – without a General Contractor, and without any previous knowledge of house building.  After two years of planning and waiting, we finally began construction in the Spring of 2005.

2012: We take a one-month Trip around South America
(last updated March 19, 2012)

In February-March 2012, Russell and Gail are celebrating being empter-nesters by taking a 30-day cruise aboard the Star Princess. We fly into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ship will cruise down the east coast of South America to Cape Horn. It will cruise back up the west coast through Central America and Mexico before landing in San Francisco, California.

2009: Russell takes a Walk… for 160 miles
(last updated June 10, 2009)

On May 21, 2009, Russell celebrated his 50th birthday. In honor of this event, he walked from our mountain home in California's gold country to our primary residence in the Bay Area – a total distance of 160.18 miles – over a period of 12 days. (As Gail said: “At least it’s better than him buying a red sports car.”)

2001-2002: We take a one-year Trip around the World
(last updated July 16, 2002)

In July 2001, Russell, Gail, and our children Cameron (10) and Joss (8) embarked on a one-year trip around the world.  For this "once-in-a-lifetime" adventure, we took one suitcase and one backpack each, walked out of our front door, and did not return again until twelve months later.

We hope you have as much fun reading about our adventures as we had experiencing them!