Its Getting Real!!

So its two and a half days to wheels up. We haven’t packed a thing. We are still in the process of packing up the house so the kids can take it over. I pray that we have all of the documents etc since we are going to have to do a rush job of packing. I just went and picked up our medications for the next six months. Looks like not much else is going to fit in the luggage. I have been working on getting the cell phones set up for international use. Gets complicated because of different network formats and roaming by country. I pay dearly, for instance, for voice and data in Peru but its almost free in Chile due to reciprocal agreements with Sprint.
I have not been in touch with my hosts for a couple of weeks and so hope we are met at the airport 🙂
I am a member of the Karuk tribe of Northern California. Pam and I go to the Potowat Health Village for medical care. We also have a native healer there. While I do not consider myself to be a spiritual person I do acknowledge that the only “spiritual” event I have experienced was standing in the center of the Taos Pueblo and feeling it was the center of the Universe. Well the native healer, Ruben Talaveras, told me in our last session that I am going on a journey of past lives. He says I have chosen to visit all of the archaeological ruins because I have been there before in previous lives. He says that is why I speak Spanish at the level I do. When people ask me how I came to speak that well I have always said that no one knows, it just happened. That would explain some of it anyway. After that session we were driving out of the clinic when a Great Blue Heron landed by the car. He followed us the whole way out. When we stopped he stopped. Strange..The time I spent as a scientist served to teach me more about how much we don’t know than how much we do. It is not my intention to fill this blog with mysticism but it seemed somewhat relevant to this journey. Now back to packing

And so it begins

My girlfriend of 50 years, who is also my wife of 42 years, and I are about to live the dream. It is a dream that has been delayed for 42 years while we raised kids and tended to life in general. I have had numerous careers including Salesman, Fisheries Biologist, Jeweler, High-Tech Call Center GM and finally Computer Repairman and Furniture Salesman. Unfortunately I forgot to make any money along the way so for the most part this dream will be fueled by Social Security 🙂
We were going to move directly to Cuenca Ecuador but saner heads prevailed and we have decided to make a six month discovery trip first. We leave on Sep 15th for Lima, Peru and return home from Guatemala City on the 15th of March. I graduated from a very specialized school at the University of the Pacific, Elbert Covell College, with a degree in Inter-American Relations. There were less than 400 of us that ever went through there and we are still very very connected these days. All of the classes I took there were taught in Spanish and most of the students were from Central and South America. Because of that I have friends in every Latin American Country and I am hoping to visit as many as I can. It is our intention to start in Peru then head to Chile and Argentina then back up to Ecuador and from there all of Central America. Seem like a lot to attempt? Hell yes, and we are going as 65 year old 18 year old hippies with only one back pack apiece for luggage 🙂
We are neither in great physical shape having both been grossly overweight and having recently been plagued by a few diseases that seem to accompany old age. We both, however, lost a ton of weight and worked out in the gym until recent events caused a slowdown and in my case I discovered beer and have gained a substantial amount of weight back. I am looking forward to a different lifestyle in Latin America and an upswing in health.
I am also the web master for www.covelianos.com if you would like to know more about us. I am doing this blog as a way to stay connected with all of my family and friends throughout the Americas and, perhaps, to let some people know that this is a possible thing to do and maybe inspire someone else to tackle an adventure
Craig and Pam Carothers