Over the weekend of September 24, 2021 I made the journey to Nelson Ledges in Garrettsville, Ohio for the 2021 Fall Badfish Music Festival for the first time. I seemed to always have a reason not to go but this year I was determined. I met up with my friend Chad in Washington, PA were […]Read More 2021 Fall Badfish Music Festival @ Nelson Ledges
Over Father Day weekend, I was invited to go to Harpers Ferry with My friend Chad his wife Michelle, and their three kids, Cayden, Mason, and Maya. I met Chad at his house in Albright, West Virginia, on Thursday, where we had a campfire that night and talked about our trip and building an Inipi […]Read More Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
After returning from Peru, I was able to secure a seasonal position at New Vrindaban. The job entailed attendant, organizing processes, maintenance, and material management for the temple and the lodge. I was interested in the experience and spirituality from the Krishna perspective. New Vrindaban is an unincorporated area and an ISKCON intentional community located in Marshall County, West […]Read More ISHKON Spirituality and Fire Puja
We woke up a little late and quickly got our packs ready to head out for a full day traveling and exploring communities in the Sacred Valley, starting with Chincheros. After Shirley spent some time organizing our transportation, we had a plan and met our driver. The cost for the entire trip 120 soles, which is […]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 me 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 her friend Sumaq who would meet us and show us […]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 we were 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 good history and view of […]Read More Baptism Celebration and tour around PTO with Omar and Eza
I had the pleasure of meeting Shirley’s friend Joaquina, her husband Marcos, and their daughter Milli. Marcos is s skilled fisherman and makes his nets by hand and is extremely good at his craft. He offered to take me fishing, we took on his motorcycle and haded about 20 minutes to a lake along the […]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 Peru regions in Puerto Maldonado. Maria, Shirley’s mom, was involved in the celebration and represented Apurimac culture with traditional dress, food, and drink. It was […]Read More Celebration of Apurimac Region of Peru in Puerto Maldonado.
Yesterday Shirley started the day off with some fresh ceviche’ which is always delicious. Then she decided to take me to a local lodge Estancia Bello Horizonte https://www.estanciabellohorizonte.com, just a short distance from Puerto Maldonado with a beautiful rainforest hike, natural spring pool, and canopy climb. The price for the day also includes a delicious lunch. […]Read More Yesterday’s Hike in the Rainforest and the days events.