Over the July 4th weekend, Chad and I had plans that had manifested through spiritual development and the desire to create an Inipi. Previously, we had participated in Inipi ceremonies, and through God’s will, we were driven to build one. See previous post: Native American “Inipi” Sweat Lodge Ceremony Arriving at Chad’s on Friday, we began […]Read More Building a Native American “Inipi”
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
Over memorial day weekend, with the weather being dreary, I decided to change my plans and go to the Carnegie museum of natural history and art. I have not been to the Carnegie for many years and was excited to see if it was the way I remember as a kid. Driving in Pittsburgh can […]Read More Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a traditional Native American sweat lodge Ceremony (Inipi) with the invitation from my great friend and spiritual brother Chad. The I-ni-pi ceremony (lakota: ini- from inyan, rock + -pi, lodge), is a type of sweat lodge, is a Lakota purification ceremony, and one of the […]Read More Native American “Inipi” Sweat Lodge Ceremony
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 for me, 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 […]Read More Moms Battle with Cancer:
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.
After spending about two months back in The United States and corresponding with Shirley, I decided it was time to head back to Peru to spend time with Shirley and take her up on her offer to show me more of Peru. We decided to first meet in Lima and fly to Aruba for a […]Read More Back to Peru and trip to Aruba.