Our Annual Trip to St. Pete Beach

It Is Almost March 2

My wife Deloris and her long time girlfriend Shirley share a birthday — March 2. Each year Deloris and Shirley get together to celebrate their birthdays.

Deloris lives in Marshall Texas and Shirley lives in St. Pete Beach Florida. Guess where the meet to share the day?

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My Escape to the Bohemian Bus

My wife Deloris and I normally take one big trip each year. The trip is normally to another country; usually a country that we have not visited before and the trip is packed with new and different experiences. 2018 was different. We made trips to Florida, Virginia and Arizona but stayed in the USA. These trips were enjoyable but not truly unique.

I also took my normal yearly sabbatical to Northern California. It was on this trip that I had my most interesting travel experience of 2018.

I decided I wanted to spend a several days photographing the beaches in the Point Arena area so I started looking for a place to stay on the airbnb website. I found this listing:

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Touring the Amazon River by Riverboat

In 2017 my wife and I went to Peru to see the Amazon River. Our travel while in the Amazon region of Peru was all by riverboat.

Before leaving on the trip I read several travel stories by people that had traveled by riverboat. These articles did not describe luxury travel. They described the opposite end of the travel scale.

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The People of Peru

In March 2017 my wife and I flew to Peru. After spending several days in Lima we took a second flight to Iquitos, a city on the Amazon River. From there we boarded a riverboat an toured the Amazon River for a week. It was an amazing experience. A real learning opportunity.

I start this story with an image of an older lady at work.

Unlike some countries in South America, Peru is not a socialist country. In fact unlike many nations, it has none of the socialistic programs that most industrialized nations have. Those often loved socialistic programs such as social security, medicare, and early childhood education have no place in Peru.

This means that there is no mandatory retirement age in Peru. In fact, there is no retirement in Peru. For that reason, it is common to see older people on the streets selling food or other goods in order to have money for there own food

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Timber Cove Lodge on the Northern California Coast

Photography by Ron Munden

Timber Cove has a special place in my heart. It was the first weekend getaway for my wife Deloris and and I some 35 years ago. Every year or so I make my way back to the lodge during my yearly sabbatical to Northern California.

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