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January to May 1968 – I dropped out of Antioch College in Ohio, becoming prime bait for the draft, and hit the road for California. I hitchhiked to Boulder, Colorado, where I first encountered the psychedelic cactus peyote. With a diverse group of characters, I set out in a 1947 Cadillac ambulance on a search for the fields where peyote grows. After many adventures with Navajos, vigilantes, and rednecks, we find the fields, but are soon busted by the Border Patrol and spend a week in jail in Rio Grande City.

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January 1971 to August 1972 - “Caribbean Sailing Adventure. Treasure-diving cooperative seeks volunteers to crew a sailing ship to the Caribbean to search for sunken treasure. No experience necessary.” I was then a 23-year-old hippie living in San Diego, and I couldn’t resist answering this mysterious ad. I found myself a member of the Summerland Pirates, a strange "para-naval" adventure group of unforgettable characters and misfits, living outside the law and conventions, with a dream of sailing an antique sailing ship to the Caribbean to search for Spanish treasure.

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July 1973 to January 1974 – I set out to see the world and have adventures. After nearly two years on a schooner in North Atlantic gales, I was looking for warmer water. I flew to the Kingdom of Tonga, where my brother was training Peace Corps volunteers. Although I loved the people and country of Tonga, my tourist visa expired and I had to leave. With no money, my options were few. Then I found a yacht that would take me on as navigator – Warana, the Australian nuclear protest vessel, bound for Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia, to anchor at ground zero to prevent the French from testing more nuclear weapons there.

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Memoirs of the life and times of a wandering hippie and the adventures that life provides the young and reckless. See below to read four stories online, free.

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