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Dogs: A leading Indicator of Man

You may read a guidebook, or just as well judge a people in a new land by their dogs. In rainforest Iquitos, five years ago, all the dogs were friendly, and so were all of the 700,000 citizens I encountered during multiple visits from 1999 through five years ago, 2010. As the new decade swung [...]

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Bud Road

What happens when three Berkeley intellectuals drop into Mexico’s Copper Canyon with a spaced out guide? The trio includes Cathy, author and advisor to the White House on western literature, Liz, a Boca Rotan yoga instructor, and Neil the anthropologist. Four months ago on learning that I live in a hole, wear rope suspenders, and [...]

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Hoboing a Banana Boat

2013 I´ve been hoboing cargo boats around the Amazon for three weeks, and the other morning found me on another jungle riverbank with my thumb out in a light rainstorm flagging a ride. Sunrise is the prime time to hitch rides because Peruvians, including fishermen and captains, are early risers to beat the heat of [...]

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Deep in a Biscuit Mine

March 20, 2006 I throw a rock into the hole.  ‘One, two…three,’ counts my partner in climbing gear.  A wind whistles up the 5-foot diameter portal. Underground Civil Defense shelters were placed strategically around the country during the Cold War scare of the 1960’s.  I grew up in the prior decade listening to the Duck [...]

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Last Sail of El Gato

On December 20, 2012, the day before the end of the world by the Mayan calendar, a notice fluttered in a steamy breeze whipping past a rotting Colon telephone pole: PANAMA TO COLOMBIA The Last Sail of El Gato I followed its little map down the street to a hole-in-wall travel office with an open [...]

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