Author Archives: David Helmers

Leaving Guatemala

As we begin packing and prepare to depart Guatemala we have discussed and reflected on the country that has been our home for the last month.  What seemed so different and foreign upon arriving here less than 30 days ago … Continue reading

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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

We left Antigua on Thursday morning and drove to the town of Chichicastenango.  This town (sometimes called “chichi” for short) is well-known for the large market there on Thursdays and Sundays.  It attracts many tourists as indigenous (mayan) folks from … Continue reading

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Fire on the Mountain

“I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know where I’m a gonna go When the volcano blow…” We arrived safely to Guatemala and began getting settled in.  We arrived very tired from the overnight travel and we were happy … Continue reading

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Leaving Las Vegas – Lessons learned in the Grand Canyon

As we get ready to depart Las Vegas, I am struck by the fact that we have spent the last 72 hours in a city that is about as far removed from the heart of the Grand Canyon, where we … Continue reading

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Marina Del Rey, California

Well, we made it all the way across the USA and put our feet in the Pacific Ocean. A few days in L.A. and then we’ll put our passports to use. We have had a great trip so far, and … Continue reading

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Grand Adventure in the Grand Canyon

From August 17th to August 23rd, we rafted 188 miles down the Colorado River.  We camped for 6 nights and rode huge rapids.  We made new friends and hiked up side canyons.  We slept under the stars and saw jaw-droppping … Continue reading

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One Week on the Road

It’s hard to believe that we haven’t been gone a week.  In a mere 6 days we have traveled through 5 states and over 1200 miles.  We have been to monuments, ballgames, museums, national parks, and too many other points … Continue reading

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And we are off!

After a day on the road, a night in St.Louis, good food, and a chance meeting with some Lexington friends – I can safely say we are off to a pretty good start. It started with a few tears, a … Continue reading

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Independent travel and letting go of a schedule

Independent travel. I’ve spent some time contemplating that idea. The independent travel “manifesto” attached to this blog is pretty straightforward group of ideas. Simple, profound and potentially transformative – I like what it stands for. Really, I LOVE those ideas. … Continue reading

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Ouch!

Getting ready to go has involved lots of logistics. Most of it has been relatively painless. Yesterday we went to the travel clinic to get some vaccinations. We reviewed CDC recommendations for the various places we will travel. In addition … Continue reading

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