The Journey – Days Twenty through Twenty-two

Posted On: October 24, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Albuquerque, NM to Chicago, IL   The “Hafa adai – Half a Century” reunion with RPCVs and spouses wound up Saturday on the high note of the chair lift ride to above 11,000 feet on Aspen Mountain. The next day, Sunday, I began to make my way home: the American Airlines flight to Chicago was…

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The Journey – Day Nineteen

Posted On: October 23, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017   The Secret of the Book Cover   Julius Apus, Wayne Hill’s partner, took the photo that graces the cover of my book. Last February, Julius took a sunrise walk through their neighborhood when he captured this scene.   On my last two nights in Santa Fe, I stayed in Wayne and Julius’s spare bedroom. So…

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The Journey – Day Eighteen

Posted On: October 22, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017   Beth returns to North Bay, Ontario   Beth and I spent Thursday night in Albuquerque so she could catch her early flight Friday morning to Chicago and thence to Toronto. This was the first day of the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, so the drive north from Toronto to North Bay took longer than the usual…

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The Journey – Day Seventeen

Posted On: October 21, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017 – Bandelier National Monument   The caravan of RPCV reunion vehicles headed west of Santa Fe on Thursday morning to Bandelier National Monument. In the time we had available, there were two choices for hiking into Frijoles Canyon. The Main Loop Trail led through archeological sites. An alternate trail led to Alcove House, located 140 feet…

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The Journey – Day Sixteen

Posted On: October 19, 2017

Wednesday, October 3, 2017 – Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM   On Wednesday, we headed for the hills again, forty miles southwest of Santa Fe to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in the traditional Keresan language of the pueblo.       The Canyon Trail leads through a narrow, “slot,” canyon at the bottom of…

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The Journey – Day Fifteen

Posted On: October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Santa Fe, NM   The “official” kick-off event for our reunion was a “Celebration of Fifty Years of Friendship: Munching, Memories and Music” at the spacious home of Wayne Hill’s friends, Al Laszlo and Patty Wood. Once again, the Saipan Symphony of 18 Strings* led the assembled RPCVs and their spouses in our rousing Carolinian…

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The Journey – Day Fourteen

Posted On: October 15, 2017

October 2, 2017 – Into the hills and back again   We rented a Dodge mini-van for the week so we could travel with other folks on some of the trips planned outside of Santa Fe. The van proved useful right away on Monday morning. Beth and I wanted to visit this Benedictine monastery 75 miles north of Santa Fe,…

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The Journey – Day Thirteen

Posted On: October 6, 2017

October 1, 2017 – Santa Fe, NM   After the Saturday evening thunderstorm that greeted Beth and me in Santa Fe, this Sunday morning dawned bright and clear with pleasant temperatures. We made our way to nearby Holy Family Episcopal Church. This was the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Francis, so it was “bless the animals” day. The…

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The Journey – Days Eleven & Twelve

Posted On: October 5, 2017

September 29, 2017 – Chicago, IL to Albuquerque, NM     Friday was a bus-train-plane day for me. I left my sister Judi’s Chicago apartment at 7:15 a.m. and rode the CTA bus to the CTA train to that wondrous travel hub known as O’Hare. It was all a bit of an endurance test after ten days of car travel.…

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The Journey — Days Seven through Ten

Posted On: October 1, 2017

September 25, 2017 — Chicago, IL to Valparaiso, IN   Monday was another day of traveling from the present into the past. The day after my talk in Chicago, Judi and I drove to Valparaiso, the place that “launched” me into the Peace Corps after I’d completed my four-year undergraduate degree at the university in 1968. We first stopped to…

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