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There and Back Again: A Decade of Travel Tales is a non-fiction collection written by Timothy Imhoff. Imhoff and his wife, Rachel Dietz, both love travelling, and they decided to get married while on a trip to Costa Rica. They arranged to be married on a remote beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The first section of this book describes their experiences getting to Costa Rica; travelling by ferry and car to the resort in Montezuma, where they would marry and stay. It concludes with their return anniversary trip to the same resort several years later. The second part of the book is an account of their travels in Africa beginning in 2012. Dan, the author's son, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda and acted as their tour guide. They were able to interact with other Peace Corps Volunteers and learn about the projects the volunteers had designed for their villages. The African adventure included a stay at the foot of an active volcano and a visit with a family group of gorillas. The final part of There and Back Again describes trips and adventures Imhoff and his wife enjoyed in the United States.
Timothy Imhoff's non-fiction travel memoir, There and Back Again: A Decade of Travel Tales, is informative and entertaining. Rachel and the author are pleasant and adventurous travel companions, and I quickly became involved in their travels. I loved reading about their navigating the primitive roads in Costa Rica and the descriptions of the resort where they stayed. The African section of the book was inspired. Imhoff gives the reader a real feel for the places they visited and the people they interacted with. Their stay by the volcano and visit with the gorillas was fascinating and led me to search the internet for more information about Dian Fossey and her primate work. The couple's domestic adventures are equally entertaining to read about, especially their Halloween in Provincetown and nude run in a naturalist resort in Florida. The essential thing about travel memoirs, aside from the actual travel itself, is experiencing such a rapport with the author that his or her experiences feel shared, genuine and dynamic. Imhoff has that gift, and his travel stories are a delight to read. There and Back Again: A Decade of Travel Tales is highly recommended.