Category: Extreme Adventure

Scorpion Eating in Mexico City

Scorpion Eating in Mexico City

Scorpion Eating in Mexico City. Dec 9 Clint showed up just after Irmante and I had breakfast at out AirBNB and we all headed to Insurgentes, an area of Mexico City, to change our American dollars into pesos.  It is a good time to be in Mexico as $1 is worth 20 pesos.  When I was here in 2010 it was about 12 pesos for $1. Get to Mexico right now people! Irmante was in charge and she lead us...

Shin Kicking World Championship

Shin Kicking World Championship in Cotswold

The Shin Kicking World Championship.   June 3 Convincing a 20 year old to get out of bed at 10:30 is no easy feat… It turns out that playing Slayer really loud at 10:45 will make the transition happen!  Now you know… We got out of the house at about 11:00 and caught the underground to Heathrow to pick up a rental car.  Just the thought of driving on the left side of the road through 12.5 million Londoners to...

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures Wild Horizons – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Telephone  +263 (13) – 42313/42314 Email – info@wildhorizons.co.zw Facebook Wild Horizons March 13 I decided to tackle the morning at about 09:00.  I wanted to start it earlier, but it was important to have a fresh of a mind for the day so I stole a little extra sleep.  I was at Wild Horizons at 10:00.  Today was certain to be a great day. In no time after I...

Meeting a wild silverback gorilla family

Meeting a Silverback Gorilla Family, Rwanda

Meeting a Wild Silverback Gorilla Family Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Feb 7 Life comes at a price… Sometimes emotionally.  Sometimes physically. Sometimes mentally. Sometimes monetarily… Today was a special day where I went to spend an hour with a silverback gorilla family in the mountains of Rwanda.  It was a $750 US price tag for such an experience.  But what I got for that hour today was pretty freaking amazing! I took this information from a photo at the Dian...

Zanzibar, Tanzania, net fishing

Local Night Net Fishing in Zanzibar

Dec 12 I was tired, but I got up in time for the guesthouse breakfast in Nungwi, Zanzibar.  It is a free meal, and I need to think about money more than sleep.  As I was eating, James, my Tanzanian friend, came to find me to tell me that he had been at the fish-market this morning and he talked with one of his friends who said that they would take me out on the fishing boat to work with...

Skydive Interlaken, Switzerland

Skydive Interlaken in the Swiss Alps

Skydive Interlaken in the Swiss Alps ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and a ‘Skydive’ seem to reflect opposite directions, but for me they will now be forever linked… I was showered, up for breakfast, packed and ready for my hang-gliding adventure when I arrived with my backpack at the front desk of Balmer’s Herberge in Interlaken, Switzerland.  The wonderful staff told me they had bad news and that my hang-gliding experience had been cancelled.  They tried to get me a spot paragliding. ...

Pink Floyd Tribute Band

Magic Mushrooms, a Potential Quadriplegic Orgy, and a Pink Floyd Tribute Band

Magic Mushrooms, a Potential Quadriplegic Orgy, and a Pink Floyd Tribute Band It was the night before the concert.  He was at work in a factory but I was in his hot-rod garage hanging out when he sent me this message; ‘Should we eat magic mushrooms for the Pink Floyd tribute band?’  Holy…. I was not ready for that.  I wrote back; ‘Whoa.  I have not done something like that in about five years.  I am not sure if I...

Cuban Scooter Heist

The Cuban Scooter Heist

The Cuban Scooter Heist Jan 15 Bean and I are a lot.  That is becoming clear… Bean says that we are the guys in the books that everyone else is reading about here on their vacation.  That is probably a very accurate assessment. The day really began when we were trying to track down a car to rent at Starfish, our resort.  We walked into a tiny air conditioned shack in the resort parking lot where a man was leaning...

Inside of a Cocaine Lab – San Agustín, Colombia

Inside of a Cocaine Lab – San Agustín, Colombia

Inside of a Cocaine Lab – San Agustín, Colombia. July 26. I wish I could say that it we were inside of a pristine shiny and sterile cocaine lab that I had pictured in my mind with people wearing baby-blue uniforms similar to what a nurse would have on with dust masks over their faces while machines made noises in the background.  But it was nothing like that.  It was way dirtier.  We were taken to someone’s house. I went...

Mountain Climbing - Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

Mountain Climbing – Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

Mountain Climbing – Huayna Potosi, Bolivia. My friend Ben and I drove breakfast into ourselves and got into a van that took us to the mountain climbing supplies agency store.  I have no idea why I actually signed up for this, but here I was.  It was terrible to get the supplies.  I guess there have been so many gringos to come through the agency that they do not care and were not much help at all to get me...

My best picture of the festival.

Tinku Festival in Macha – Part 2, The Fights

Tinku Fighting Festival in Macha – Part 2, The Fights (For Part One of the Tinku Fighting Festival, click this line!) May 4. Breakfast was at 8:30am, and I was the last to arrive.  I was still feeling effects of the chicha, the local corn-moonshine we had been drinking with the locals last night when the fiesta began.  It was a breakfast that would have pleased me had it been a couple of hours later.  But, after a quick meal...

The trail leading to the depths of my mind.

Ayahuasca and Mental Inception – Rio de Janeiro Forest

Ayahuasca and Mental Inception – Rio de Janeiro Forest – March 15 – 2014 We were up early to meet a group of three other gringos at Central station at 10am.  We were early.  We were tired.  We caught an air conditioned seat reclining nearly empty bus to somewhere outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I was not in charge so I had no idea where we were going and I did not really care.  I just knew that the road...

Backpack India - 42 Hours of Transportation Hell

Backpack India – 42 Hours of Transportation Hell…

Backpack India 42 Hours of Transportation Hell… Arambol, Goa, India. April 9 Before Vova left yesterday, he found my snake-charmer friend.  Vova wanted pictures of the snake-charmers and their cobras, but he did not have any money.  So, he gave the snake-charmers the shirt he was wearing.  Russians always seem to make due somehow.  They backpack India on nothing and have a blast. When I came back to my guesthouse after lunch, my next door neighbor had a king-cobra locked...

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The Recipe for a Fascinating Day

Arambol, Goa, India. 18 March 2013 Want the recipe for a fascinating day?  This one serves three: Step One – Get Ingredients and Heat up the Oven It started when Carlos and I went out for breakfast, got Karel from the beach, ate lunch, and had a small talk about my idea.  When it seemed like a good idea to all three of us, we went and bought LSD from ‘Blue Diamond’ restaurant for 1500 rupees each. None of us...

Food, travel, girls, sex and rock and roll

Food, Travel, Girls and Rock and Roll

Food, Travel, Girls and Rock and Roll ood is an important part of life for most people.  For me, meals are like quick stop at a petrol station when you are on a long trip somewhere.  I just use food as fuel to keep me going.  But, time has changed and I have become very aware of how important good fuel is for performance and my eating habits have adapted so over the past few years.  I would not burn...

Sailing the Pacific Ocean from Guam to Japan

Sailing the Pacific Ocean from Guam to Japan

  Sailing the Pacific Ocean From Guam to Japan   Sailing the Pacific Ocean from Guam to Japan. pril 3 – Seoul, South Korea. I was up at 7:00am, showered, packed and caught a bus from my hotel to Hyun Jin’s place where she fed me breakfast.  She was alone.  She is never alone but her whole family had other plans for the day.  Amazing luck.  I needed a nap and lay down on her bed.  She joined me.  She...

European Rock Tour

European Rock Tour

European Rock Tour Rock and Roll Your Soul   ept 27 – London, England. I started the day early so that Carlos and I could make another $200 in stocks, but then we lost $200 in the afternoon.  That is a tough game we are playing….  I headed to Hard Rock Cafe London to work my shift.  Dan-Man has been hassling me to come with him and his band across the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg for a rock tour that...

Death by spider

Possible, Impending, Death by Spider – Australian Outback

Possible, Impending, Death by Spider – Australian Outback he had just finished giving me an ice massage to try and alleviate the itch from the rash covering my upper body.  In preparation for sleep, I positioned myself comfortably in the bed just before she was ready.  By chance, she turned on the light for a moment.  I recognized the ‘click’ sound in the instant before the light filled the van.  Suddenly my girlfriend said, “Oh my god Stephen.  Oh my...

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Experience

Papua New Guinea Experience   eptember 9 – Cairns, Australia. To save money, we were boiling water to cook our pasta on the free barbeques in a park in Cairns, Australia.  It was there that we met a man from Papua New Guinea.  He was with his family of about a dozen people and they offered us some of their feast.  We were extremely broke and had been living off of pasta and tomato sauce for so long that is...

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Magic Mushrooms – Tales of Fungus Frenzy

March 2004 Kirsten and Magic Mushroom Housewarming I like to tell people that if you get a new girlfriend, you should eat magic mushrooms with her as it is a good way to get to know who each other really are.  I had been dating Kirsten for a couple of months when we decided to go on such an adventure.  We were sitting at the table eating them as the sun was just beginning to set. It took a while...