by BECCA BARR | photos by Alan Smith Photography

By Land or By Sea

Donald Berkebile and Karyn Farr love living in Scripps Ranch; they’ve lived in Waterford since 2002. However, don’t expect to find the pair at home! They are travel aficionados, and are always on the go. “We have taken over 75 trips at sea and many also by land,” Karyn shared. “We have been at sea almost 800 days!” This includes a world cruise for 92 days, and an “around the world in 80 days” trip that included sailing around Africa, plus a two-week stay in Cape Town.

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Their love of traveling led to them having second careers as travel agents at Cadence Travel. Don is a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy; he was at North Island when he retired. Karyn worked for Caltrans for 38 years, mostly doing budgets and HR. They decided to become travel agents as a way to follow their passions. “We both had seen a lot of the world and continue to do so, passing our knowledge and experience on to our clients,” said Karyn. “We are inquisitive and love both luxury and exotic travel.” Their favorite trips are the safaris in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. “We love the open space, the kind camp staff, and the gorgeous scenery and animals – where we can get so close to watch them in their own habitat,” Karyn recalled.


Names: Donald Berkebile and Karyn Farr
Children: Adult sons Scott and Mark Berkebile
Community: Waterford, Scripps Ranch
Hometowns: Don – Stoystown, PA and Chicago; Karyn – Clinton, IA
Occupations: Travel agents after careers in the U.S. Navy (Don) and State of California (Karyn)
Pet: Cat – Big Easy
Favorite Local Spots: Library, Vons, local restaurants, Donut Touch, Miramar Lake, Scripps Ranch Theatre, summer concerts


Both have diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Karyn has a master’s degree in human behavior. She was in the 1976 bicentennial issue of the Ladies’ Home Journal centerfold, where she was one of eight women representing America. In 2012, she was selected as one of the “Top 25 Agents for 2012” by Travel Agent magazine. Don had 30 years of experience on destroyers in the Navy before retiring, and recently worked as a senior consultant at KPMG/Peat Marwick.

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“We are inquisitive and love both luxury and exotic travel.”

When at home in San Diego, they remain busy. Karyn does tai chi and bunco, and is a member of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club. Don is president of the Scripps Ranch Master Association HOA for 14 developments north of the lake. Together, Karyn and Don do yoga, garden, support Scripps Ranch Theatre, and volunteer with the San Diego USO. One thing is for sure – this busy couple finds adventure, whether at home or abroad!