††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† La paz 5/VII/79


††††††††††††††† Dear Mike,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iím sending this to you c/o Hector because I donít want it mixed up with house

††††††††††††††† mail if you catch my drift.†† The first big news is that the bank in Cbba. still has

††††††††††††††† had no word on my check, possibly the letter that my bank sent was without casilla

††††††††††††††† and landed in the poste restante pile, from whence it may never be recovered. My

††††††††††††††† aunt has been doing all that she could, as I left her authorized to forward the money to

††††††††††††††† me when the bank recieved a reply. Before I left Cbba. I went with her to the bank and

††††††††††††††† regretfully handed over the check endorsed and with passport # so anyone who gets his

††††††††††††††† grubbies on that bugger could be $1000 richer. They were sending it to their NY office

††††††††††††††† to recieve a cable reply in no more than two weeks, which of course are already up, so

††††††††††††††† my aunt who called me this evening is going to the bank one more time tomorrow AM and if

††††††††††††††† there is still no reply she is to cancel the check and have my parents do so in Duluth

††††††††††††††† when she arrives. Then Iíll have them cable me the money direct. Right now Iím so

††††††††††††††† pissed that I could walk in and start waving my machete at the nearest neck, starting

††††††††††††††† with Sr. Navajas.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Last week, no two weeks ago, I ran into Elaine, who spent 3 months in Lima partying,

††††††††††††††† and she says that Chris Cotton was also there, had bought 250gm and when that was gone

††††††††††††††† sent home for $2500 and though he intended to take the derivative home with him, blew

††††††††††††††† it all and went home broke. 500g in less than a month! His only response was ďItís

††††††††††††††† something Iíve always wanted to doĒ. I also ran into Colin and Gizella and spent a couple

††††††††††††††† of days traipsing LaPaz with them, including a trip to Huayana Potosi - what a nice hill.

††††††††††††††† Leslie and Amy showed up a week late from Peru, and are as fine as ever. We just returned

††††††††††††††† from the Cumbre to Coroico trail, or rather I returned, they went on to Cranavi and the

††††††††††††††† jungle and should be home, unless their plans change again, by Halloween. The trail

††††††††††††††† is a whole lot of downhill and every day ended with foot massages - all they wore were

††††††††††††††† tennis shoes and peruvian made at that. But we made it to Coroico in a leisurely four

††††††††††††††† days, camping the last night in an orange and tangerine grove, fresh-squeezed orange juice

††††††††††††††† in the morning and carrying out the fruits of a midnight candlelight raid, 45 lb of

††††††††††††††† citrus; we carried more the last day than we started out with. So in Coroico we bought

††††††††††††††† a jar of the magnificent peanut butter made by the nuns there, and on my little alcohol

††††††††††††††† burner made a couple of batches of orange marmalade. Leslie decided to take me up on

††††††††††††††† my Tarabuco proposition (could it have been the massages?) and Amy got sent out a lot

††††††††††††††† during the next week to read in the park.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† On the ride back to La Paz I met a Yugoslavian fellow whoís done a lot of hiking

††††††††††††††† in the Cordillera Blanca including climbing a few peaks, and he tells me that the

††††††††††††††† Cordillera Huayhuash just a bit south is less traveled and better scenery. So after

††††††††††††††† he and I climb Illimani Sat - Wed and I get my money straightened out Iím off to peru.

††††††††††††††† I managed to get my visa extended another 30 days (could have gotten 90), so Iíll

††††††††††††††† have a little time to play with in the event that I have to hassle with bucks. I may

††††††††††††††† ask you to telex me some money in Lima, I understand itís relatively hassle free and

††††††††††††††† theyíll give you US $, that however remains to be seen, so Iíll keep you posted on

††††††††††††††† whatís happening and where I am.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iím pushing a batch of film through tomorrow and another when I return from

††††††††††††††† climbing Illimani (did you know that itís 6490m - how am I going to breathe?) so you

††††††††††††††† should get this letter about the same time. Jane sent me a telegram which very expli-

††††††††††††††† citly said ďNO, JaneĒ but Leslie and Amy said yes which will defray postage. I am

††††††††††††††† going to my uncle Julioís tomorrow to pick up a letter which I presume is from you,

††††††††††††††† so I shall reserve closing this until such time as I read it in the event that there is

††††††††††††††† anything more to add, besides itís closing in on 2AM and Iím bushed

††††††††††††††† ††††††† the letter was from Jane - Iíll write soon letting

††††††† †† you know how things progress, shipment # 1 left

††††††††††††††† this am. Keep doiní it

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Norris