TO FIND - The Search for Meaning in Life on The Gringo Trail


The year was 1980. I had just completed a doctoral degree at Johns Hopkins University. I was burned out. Life had become dull, routine, monotonous. With a mere four hundred and ninety-five dollars in my pocket, I set out with photographer friend, Stefan Kale, on a trek through Mexico and Central America. TO FIND is the story of an adventure across raw deserts, up into remote mountain villages, out onto pristine islands, and deep into tropical rain forests. Relegated to the most basic forms of transpiration - peasant buses, dilapidated trains, and more often than not using our thumbs to snag a ride - we lived an existence devoid of plans, destinations, and schedules. Above all, TO FIND is an excursion of the soul. It is a kaleidoscope of exhilarating experiences that include mystical encounters with the lost civilization of the Maya, a deadly tropical hurricane…and much more.

Seven Months as an Amazon Top 100 Book in Categories of Central American Travel and Adventure Travel!

"(Klein's) vivid mix of real events, bizarre dreams, an magical visions gives his work a special piquancy..." - The US Review of Books - RECOMMENDED

"To Find is indeed a memoir, a telling of a person's life experiences. However, what sets it apart from the deluge of other memoirs that are vying for attention on bookshelves everywhere is J.R. Klein's masterful ability to not merely tell readers what happened to him in the summer of 1980, but to thoroughly engage them with such vivid descriptions of his travels in Mexico and Central America that it hooks readers from the beginning, and takes them on an enjoyable odyssey throughout the book to a simple, yet satisfying end. Readers easily feel as if they're one of Alex Moreau's fellow amigos riding alongside him in sweltering hot buses through deserts and jungles with the ultimate goal of experiencing everything life has to offer, and finding oneself." - Feathered Quill Book Reviews

To a book about a travel experience which turns into a spiritual journey. If I would have read this literary work in a different time, I would have recommended it to travel lovers, but today...after diving into the wonderful remembrances of the author, I can absolutely say that this book is for everybody. During this literary travel, readers can sense the sound of nature, the pace of time, sunrise and sunset, where the protagonist experiences the fight to survive a hurricane or the danger of being shot during the rampage of a civil war...a book of courage and wonders, where human beings, who believe to know, realize that they know nothing, at all. We are all unaware in front of unknown events of life. Often, we are helpless and unarmed! Start your inner journey now, read To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail by J. R. Klein. - Advicesbooks International

"Adventure awaits as readers are treated to an expedition without leaving home. This memoir is gripping and emotional. The cast of characters he creates are down to earth and very relatable. Many who have the urge to travel can do so with this book and never leave home." - InD'tale Magazine

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Writing the manuscript of To Find in Del Mar, California in the 1980. Yes, that's a Smith-Corona manual typewriter. 

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