Olympian Jonny Moseley recalls seeing chipmunks for the first time when his family took a road trip to Oregon.

Olympian Jonny Moseley recalls seeing chipmunks for the first time when his family took a road trip to Oregon. (Phil AnemaZOZI)

Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?

A. Portland, Maine.

Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?

A. Russia and Africa.

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. These days, the only thing I make sure I have is my Sprint iPhone 5 loaded with pictures of my family, ID and money. I'm not attached to much else. I prefer to travel very light and make it happen when I get there.

Q. What would be your dream trip?

A. To sail the Med.

Q. What are your favorite restaurants?

A. Dell'anima in New York City and Copita (http://www.copitarestaurant.com/) in Sausalito, Calif.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you're on the road?

A. Room service.

Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?

A. Send out a tweet and see what comes back.

Q. What are your best and worst vacation memories?

A. When my wife was pregnant with our first, we went on vacation to Hanalei Bay on Kauai. It was summer so I thought it would be flat, but there was swell. I jumped out there and surfed while she lounged. The most memorable part of the trip was not the surfing, however, it was the full-body sunburn that disabled me for the rest of the trip. (Later) my wife and I took our oldest son, when he was 6 months old, on a multi-stop trip across the country and back for some work and play mixed together. He picked up a double ear infection somewhere along the way and was miserable on the plane before we figured out what was up. I feel like the best vacation ever was right in our backyard. It was only two nights. We went to Santa Cruz and stayed at the Dream Inn for my son's fifth birthday. We got Jack a surf lesson, which went great. The rest of the time we hung out in the pool, on the beach, on the boardwalk and ate room service.

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