Carl Lino has visited all 50 states and all seven continents. Despite having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, that has caused him to cancel two recent trips, he doesn’t plan to stop traveling.
The former high school principal started seriously traveling about five years ago and typically goes on monthlong trips. When he retired from Grant Union High School, he was gifted a monthlong trip to Europe from the kids and the community, he said.
Lino often travels by sea for the simplicity as well as the social aspect.
“Cruises are fun,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about cooking. All that’s taken care of.”
Lino said he usually chooses less strenuous activities when the cruise ships stop at port, but they offer everything from diving for oysters to climbing a mountain to visiting historical sites.
One trip that stands out to him was his journey to Antarctica.
“Antarctica is really a unique place, a little nippy,” he said, adding the temperature wasn’t too cold but the 70 to 90 mile per hour “breeze” cooled things off.
Traveling isn’t always easy for Lino, though. He struggles to breathe because of his COPD and has to carry an oxygen tank.
He said the his worst experience traveling was when he went to Santiago, Chile, in February and his nebulizer — a device that administers medications to the lungs — broke. Lack of oxygen, a language barrier and a three-day flight plan that took him on an accidental tour of the country during a snowstorm made for a rough trip.
“I was really hurting,” he said.
His favorite trip was to China, where he visited the Terracotta Army and Tienanmen Square.
When visiting the facility that housed the terracotta sculptures, he was blown away by how large it was.
“All of John Day would fit inside,” he said.
Likewise, he was amazed by the square, which had 1.2 million people in it when he visited during former chairman of the Communist Party of China Mao Zedong’s birthday.
Despite all this travel, Lino always returns to John Day. It’s because of the support of the community that comes together when someone needs them most, he said. They came together when his wife died five years ago and when his daughter was run over by a car, breaking 37 bones.
“John Day isn’t a place; it’s a way of life,” he said. “That’s what brings us back.”
Lino said he will keep traveling as long as he can. He recently had to cancel two trips, a river voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest and a cruise to Alaska. However, he’s hopeful his traveling days aren’t over.
“I’ve got to wait and see if the doctor will let me,” he said. “If the doctor says I can go, boy I’m gonna go!”
All he will have to do is choose between Europe or Alaska.
Around the world with Carl Lino:
Africa: Lino went from Gibraltar into Morocco where he enjoyed the window shopping and local wares and clothing.
South America: Lino has been all over the South American continent, but what stood out to him the most was the upbeat dancing and nightlife in Buenos Aires.
Australia: While visiting Australia, Lino was impressed with the architecture of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor. The nearby island of New Zealand, he said, was much like Oregon, but with more sheep.
Europe: While visiting Europe, Lino played golf on one of the oldest courses in the world, St. Andrews. The course regularly hosts the British Open.
Antarctica: “Antarctica is really a unique place, a little nippy,” he said, adding the temperature wasn’t too cold but the 70 to 90 mile per hour “breeze” cooled things off at the southern Palmer Station.
Asia: Lino visited China where he saw the Terracotta Army in Lintong, Xi’an, Shaanxi. While visiting the facility that housed the terracotta sculptures he was blown away by how large it was. “All of John Day would fit inside,” he said.
North America: “John day isn’t a place; it’s a way of life,” he said. “That’s what brings us back.”