Swallow Falls State Park is a public recreation area located on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River nine miles northwest of Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland. The state park features Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall, the 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls, as well as smaller waterfalls on the Youghiogheny River and Tolivar Creek. The park is […]Read More Swallow Falls State Park
After returning from Peru I was able to secure a seasonal position at New Vrindaban. The job entailed attendant, organizing processes, and material managment for the temple and the lodge. I was interested in the experience and spirituality from the Krishna perspective even though my faith is in Christianity. New Vrindaban is an unincorporated area […]Read More ISHKON Spirituality and Fire Puja
It’s been a little over a year since mom passed away from cancer and I miss her more today than ever. Although it’s hard, I will share some of my experiences being by moms side as she battled cancer and some of the things I learned along the way. I have always been a truth […]Read More Moms Battle with Cancer:
We woke up a little late and quickly got our packs ready to head out for a full day of traveling and exploring communities in the Sacred Valley starting with Chincheros. After Shirley spent some time organizing our transportation we had a plan and went to meet our driver. The cost for the entire trip […]Read More Chincheros, the Sacred Valley, and a very special day in Ollantaytambo.
After spending about three weeks in Puerto Maldonado enjoying the city, jungle, family, and friends it was time for Shirley and I to fly to Cusco to seek out Alpaca sources and communities to work with. I had booked an Airbnb in Cusco near Tupac Square for a week as our base. Shirley had contacted […]Read More Trip to Cusco: Operation Alpaca Trueke
Thankfully Omar and Eza, Shirley’s Uncle and Aunt from Abancay were visiting Puerto Maldonado for a Baptism which we where also invited to. For the celebration Omar’s family from Lima would be Joining in the celebration and ceremony. We started the day with a trip to the observation tower in Puerto Maldonado which gives a […]Read More Baptism Celebration and tour around PTO with Omar and Eza
I had the pleasure of having lunch made by Shirley’s friend Joaquina (pollo al horno) and going fishing with Marcos, her husband. He makes all of his nets by hand and is extremely good at his craft. We caught devil fish, and other species common to this lake along the Madre del Rio’s. Today he […]Read More Learning to cast net in the Amazon with Marcos
Shirley and I started our morning at Tres De Mayo market with empanadas and juice. All day yesterday in the main square La plaza the local people celebrated different schools and regions of Peru in Puerto Maldonado. Maria, Shirley’s mom was involved in the celebration and represented Apurimac culture with traditional dress, food, and drink. […]Read More Celebration of Apurimac Region of Peru in Puerto Maldonado.