Larry Hobbs

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Your name Larry Hobbs
Alhambra elementary school(s) attended Ramona
Current occupation (e.g., retired, working full/part time, volunteering, caring for family, other) I have been self-employed since 1982 in a wide variety of areas and am currently leading nature tours worldwide, guiding traditional rites of passage for youth and adults and conducting research and writing about how the human species can be sustainable on this planet.
Describe your family/extended family I have an amazing daughter and two exceptional grandkids (all grandkids are exceptional, right!). My sister and younger brother both live nearby. My mother just turned 94 and I care for her one day per week.
How have you gained knowledge or continued your education after high school? Mostly through being alive and lucky but also went to college at UC Riverside and graduate school at UC Santa Cruz in marine biology and later graduate school at Antioch University in psychology.
What would like to share about your life's work? I had always wanted to somehow make a living in the natural world (as in camp out and get paid for it!) and was very fortunate to study dolphins, whales, seals, polar bears, manatees and sea otters in the wild. I have also always been interested in people and have been able to combine these two passions into leading ecotours and guiding nature based rites of passage. Along the way I became increasingly aware of the harmful impacts of humans on the ecology of the earth and immersed myself in measuring our impact, defining a sustainable impact and advocating for bringing our species into line with all other species on the planet.
What special interests and/or activities have you enjoyed during the last half century? Everything outdoors and Meditation.
Please share the highlights of the places you've lived or traveled For a number of decades I have spent the winter in the Antarctic, summer in the Arctic and spring and fall in the more temperate and tropical areas of South America (mostly Amazon), Africa and the islands of the South Pacific. I have lived in Hawaii, Washington D.C., Seattle and now in Roslyn, a small town in the Washington Cascades (where Northern Exposure was filmed).
What is your favorite AHS Memory? I must admit that I was drunk for much of it but do remember sports, driving my 1956 Ford Victoria and friendships as being very important.
What are your favorite books or movies? I am reading a very engaging book right now “The Untethered Soul” along with “Don Quixote” and “Reflections on Silver River”. I love the movie “Top Gun”…still a romantic!
What were your favorite songs or artists from 1960 to 1964. What genre of music and type of dance do you enjoy most? I really came alive to music a little later with the whole acid rock scene but loved being an usher with Kent Kasten for the Beatles concert at the Greek Theater in 1964. I like all kinds of music (thank goodness for shuffle mode!) and am still shy about dancing.
How do you spend your quality time? Being with my grandkids, friends, reading and being outdoors.
In your life thus far, what stands out as most significant, growth-producing, moving, or heart-opening? So much! I have been very blessed to have such a rich and full life and that is significant in itself. Raising a daughter has to be top on the growth-producing list. Working on and publishing articles about sustainability has been very significant for me along with being honored for that work with the Horace Mann award for Victories for Humanity. I think that getting into AA 30 years ago along with my vision quest work has been most heart-opening, and I am deeply moved by the light in their eyes and openness of their hearts as teenagers complete rites of passage into adulthood after fasting alone in the wilderness for 3 days and nights.
What matters most to you about the life you've lived? That I have been able to live an inspired and passionate life and have intertwined my life with so many amazing people.
As you move forward into the future, what are your aspirations, hopes, dreams? To stay healthy and keep reaching out to whatever comes my way.
What do you still hope to accomplish or experience? (What's left on your bucket list?) I sometimes feel like Ulysses when later in his life he put a set of oars over his shoulder and walked inland until someone asked him what those funny shaped sticks were over his shoulder. He then set down roots after a life of adventure at sea. I would like to set down roots with someone compatible before I kick the bucket.

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