Alice Brown was Peter Pinney's first wife. They met in New York City, it was the mid 1950's she was a young copywriter working on Madison Avenue,
NYC. They took a job delivering a car to San Diego, on the other side of the US, and then kept travelling & trekking south to Central and South America, where Peter
bought the schooner 'Rex' and set up a
charter service for wealthy tourists out of Panama.
eve 1957 while operating the other arm of their expanded service - smuggling whiskey
and cigarettes to Costa Rica - they were hit by a storm and the 'Rex'
was smashed to pieces off the Colombian coast.
In 1958 Peter & Alice married on top of Volcano Irazu in Costa Rica,
then made their way north to Canada's west coast, where Alice worked
writing for radio, Peter worked on the salmon boats, and Sava was
Washed up on a beach alive along with crates of contraband, and
were now on the run from authorities alerted by the coastguard.
quick exit in a small plane almost came unstuck when the pilot
- realising they were fugitive - refused to take them as agreed
to Panama, at last persuaded he landed them among seldom
visited (and fearsomely reputed) Indian tribes on the San Blas
See a larger image of Alice
with San Blas Indians
Sava was only a few months old they left Canada to travel as before,
but it was not as easy now with a baby in tow.
to south once more they visited Cuba (experiencing the island's euphoria
after Fidel Castro came to power), Puerto Rico, Costa Rica & the
British Virgin Islands.
Tortola they stopped for a year and ran the local paper, writing and editing the Tortola Times.
bubble burst, and Peter and Alice arrived separately in Australia. They
both went on to further adventures and partnerships.
PP experimented with a novel style format for Ride the Volcano.