BC: ...til the next adventure...
FC: Machau Picchau 2011
1: I raise my eyes toward the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip, your Protector does not slumber or sleep. The LORD protects you; the LORD is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all harm, He will protect your life. The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever.
2: Cleveland...Miami...Lima...Cuzco! | September 24 2011 | 1st stop: Hotel Prisma Coca Tea
4: Let the adventure begin: Quencha; Sols; Norberto (taxi driver) recommends alpaca and/or guinea pig for a good meal; Edgar Pablo Picasso selling his artwork on the street - 1 sol; exchanging money. Relax...Savor the Journey!
6: Sacsayhuaman (sexy woman) teeth of the Jaguar
7: September 25, 2011 12:30 meeting Sally, guide Guy, Canada "Macgyver" Brad, Illinois, Denise, California Visited local market; local restaurant-avocado with veggies; altitude 11,000 feet; first Inca ruin. Demi, Dave, Gayle & Donna arrived late from Galagapos, Alpaca philly Steak for dinner | 15,000 feet long, 54 feet wide, 130 ton rock.
8: Bike ride through Sacred Valley: downhill/switchbacks YIKES! Condor rescue preserve; locals making cinder block.
9: Local courtyard Irrigation system Pisac Market: Peruvian hats Alpaca scarves Llama fur lined slippers! Shopping!!
10: P I S A C R U I N S | Guy, Brad, Demi, Donna, Gayle, Denise, Dave, Chris
11: Sally - guide extradonaire!
12: first taste of inca steps
14: The world belongs to the energetic Ralph Waldo Emerson | YUM! Dinner!?!
15: Ollanyantambo night before trail;Quinoa crusted trout for dinner; packed duffel 7 kg for porters challenge to pack and zip Ready!
16: b e l i e v e
17: Chris-Inca trail guide; van ride with porters to KM 82; Chaski-inca messengers-checkpoints every 10 km; first night set up in locals backyard; 4:30 Happy Hour: popcorn! | D A Y #1
18: Climb 3,000 feet to Warmiwanusqa "dead womans pass" | ALTitude 13,800 feet
19: The weather was brutal - which matched the hiking up and then down those dreaded inca steps. Porters brewed up hot Pisco Sours,,couple of drunk porters...sampling to perfection | D A Y 2
22: Day 3: Weather, Inca steps, side trip to Intipunku since we conquered the hike in quick fashion! | A M A Z I N G | J O U R N E Y
23: People often say that motivation does not last. | Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar
24: Day 4: End game =Moment I have been waiting for - the reason that I stepped out of my comfort zone on my own to fulfill a dream. Something I have talked about doing something that I will accomplish... | I can remember waking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition. Katherine Hepburn | If you want to know if your brain is flabby, feel your legs. Bruce Barton | A man's health can be judged by which he takes 2 at a time - pills or stairs Joan Welsh
25: It's good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula K LeGui
29: The perfect wall Sun Temple | k i t c h e n
30: Lost City of the Incas'; Machupicchu ; "old mountain; Sacred ground: only Inca royalty could enter | Active South America: """"""It involves three and a half days of hiking, three nights of camping, three passes and many Incan ruins to walk past and explore.
31: While the many steps on the Inca trail might be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well and truly worth it!