Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Category Archives: Non-fiction

The Last Chance

In the early seventies, there were few boats to be found in Bahia de Caracas and these were the motorized canoes belonging to the local fishermen. In those times Bahia … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · 5 Comments

The Sting

On the surface, the trio behaved just like the usual American tourists. They were staying at the Hotel Colon and each evening, after drinks in the hotel, would walk the … Continue reading

June 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Visit to the Nambija Gold Mines, Ecuador, 1982

A 1982 diary account of a visit I made to the then, illegal gold mines of  Nambija, in Ecuador ’s southern Cordillera, with  John Wright, photographer and an American Character … Continue reading

May 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

Looking For Joe Sheldon

Joe Sheldon and I had been good friends since we first met in The Wildcatter Club in the early seventies.  A former US marine and a Clint Eastwood look-alike; with … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

A Broken Tractor and a Wounded Torero

“Love can inspire you to accomplish some of the most amazing feats you’ll ever undertake.” (Self) One of the benefits of working with absent partners was to have the Wildcatter … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Treasure of the Llanganates

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike (Steinbeck) The only ones in the Wildcatter Club that afternoon were me and Gladys the waitress, when Warren came … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Wildcatter Club, Quito

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” —Abraham Lincoln As a new partner and manager without restaurateur experience, I had a lot to … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Some Things are Never Forgotten

No doubt, you all have your best meal stories to share, so I should feel no reluctance in passing on, possibly repeating, because best meal stories bear repetition. The unsurpassed … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

No Experience Necessary – Those were the Days

Occasionally – usually while sitting at a bar, I will be asked by those younger by several generations than myself, what I studied to become a  journalist; a title I … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment
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