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This is an adventure story in its own peculiar way, a novelization of true stories, a small portion of the early years of a life of wanderings and musings and pain and passion in the southwestern deserts, and there were a few hard lessons learned along the way. This story is not a suggestion for others to follow, but a few nuggets may lie among the slag heaps and ruins left behind. And most of it is true. The time frame is the 1960s and 70s. The protagonist is a young man growing up in the Southwest at the time of the Viet Nam war, the birth of the hippie generation and the attendant idealism and hope for social transformation.
Author Perry Robert Wilkes lived in New Mexico's beautiful Rio Grande Valley for fifty years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, and specializes in passive solar residential design and energy efficiency. He taught passive solar workshops throughout New Mexico and the Southwest in the 1980s and served for many years on the board of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. He is a past president of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association. Wilkes travels in Mexico, South America, the Russian Far East, and Europe, encountering local people on various forms of public transportation, while photographing and writing about his travels. His in-depth travel dispatches are found online at: https: //dispatches.wilkeskinsman.com. He currently resides in a small town in Sonora, Mexico, where the road ends at the fabled Sea of Cortez.
Carolyn Kinsman is a designer, publisher, writer, and artist with extensive experience in book design and editing. She has lived internationally, mostly in Latin America, for over 25 years and is an avid traveler. She owned a design studio in Albuquerque for over twenty years. She is also a mediator, facilitator, and conflict management consultant, providing services to schools, businesses, non-profit and service organizations. She currently lives in Sonora, Mexico.