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Bill Birnbaum

In 2007, Bill Birnbaum and his wife sold their home, put everything they owned in storage, and purchased one-way tickets to Arequipa, Peru. They spent the next eight months living in Peru, working voluntarily in a poor community in the Andes Mountains. Unusual yes, but typical of a fellow with an adventurous spirit. 

Bill’s recently published memoir, “A Lifetime of Small Adventures,” include his stories of adventure, misadventure, and lessons learned along the way. Bill lives in Sisters, Oregon with his adventurous wife, Wendy, a red kayak and a well-worn pair of hiking boots. He writes a blog at AdventureRetirement.com.

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

We camped in Big Bend National Park about two weeks into our two-month-long driving trip from Oregon to Florida. We pulled our small Casita travel trailer up the steep, curvy road to camp in the Chisos Basin. There, during the first week of April, the high temperatures for the day were comfortably in the mid-eighties. Those down lower, near the Rio Grande River, were over 100 degrees. 
We did a short hike along the river in Santa Elena Canyon and in a few other spots at low elevations. There, we enjoyed taking photos of the cactus in bloom and Rio Grande River separating The United States and Mexico. But we did our longer hikes at higher elevations in cooler temperatures.In the Chisos Mountains, we hiked both the Windows Trial and the Lost Mine Trail. 
Here are some photos of our camping and hiking trip in Big Bend National Park. 

   

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