A SAN PEDRO POEM

At the top of a mountain,

Where sacred valley’s prosper.

Grows a magical cactus.

Winning the San Pedro Oscars.

Only the blessed ones can harvest.

And the brave ones transcend.

It will be their turn soon enough.

But always keep a scientist as a friend.

The swords create a magnetism. Some say an energy field.

A dip into the Black Lagoon is when the deal is sealed.

The cactus is set to boil. Give it two hours or more.

Once the effects take place, it’s felt from your poncho to your core.

Watch the first episode of the show I Produce and Film here: Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia Season 2

(Photos taken in Huancabamba, Peru for a story about San Pedro Shamanism)

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LAND OF LAOS

I traveled to Laos because Mindy said “lets go to Laos, Kauai is boring.” I understood Mindy. She wanted a little adventure and I wanted some too.

We arrived as the sun set over the Mekong River. These boats are the slow boats that you can take anywhere up or down the Mekong. For just $25 you can enjoy a two day boat ride from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.

In Luang Prabang we rode a moped to a beautiful waterfall and along the way we found this place where you can feed elephants bananas and sugar cane. You can also ride them, but that didn’t look too comfortable for the elephants.

These elephants are decommissioned logging elephants. Logging is horrible for elephants.

They can eat an unlimited amount. I don’t think an elephant has ever said “I’m full now. No more food please.”

So I kept feeding it bananas. Bundles of them at a time. It started to get expensive.   

We then took a long bus ride up to Northern Laos, camped in the Laos jungle in Luang Namtha, then headed into Thailand to Chiang Rai. This is the famous White house of Chiang Rai. It’s better than our White house currently. 

Near the border of Myanmar and Thailand was a place called Monkey Cave. It was one of my favorite places. The monkeys came down from the mountains to eat peanuts, torment the tourists and hang around the temples grooming each other. They were actually very nice to me though. I was scared once when one grabbed my back pack and jumped on my umbrella to steal my peanuts.

The Monkey language is Monkey body language.

Smiles all around.

Temple monkey’s.

Pink Sculptures at Monkey cave. Once you pass these sculptures you can enter these caves that supposedly go very very deep. I was afraid of finding viscous monkeys in the cave aka: the movie Congo. Inside the caves are where monks used to meditate and pray. Buddhist sculptures and candles were scattered around the caves everywhere.

Ancient temple near Monkey Caves.     

Some of the Monkey’s had bright red faces, some of them had horrible open scars. They fought with each other  a lot. They are warriors.

After Thailand we headed back into Laos and ended our trip in Luang Prabang. I reccomend a Laos travel adventure to anyone and everyone.  Especially if you like riding motorcycles and bicycles everywhere.

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