The fountain of youth (Drive Day 154: November 30th, 2003)

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photo by Gary Geboy

There’s even an Ecuadoran brand of bottled water celebrating Vilcabamba – reportedly the highest concentration of people older than one hundred in the world.


1130b.jpgThe thing is none of the oldsters we meet seem to know their own age, exactly, and they certainly don’t attribute their longevity to bottled water. We hear everything from loving the same woman does the trick, to rolling and smoking your own cigars each day.

The younger set seem to be smoking their own hand-rolled varieties. The town square is lined with genial drifters who juggle, strum guitars and sell Gary a ballpoint pen tattoo of a mermaid, in my honor.


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