Monthly Archives: January 2014

Memories of Machu Picchu

Almost everyone I talk to has either been to Machu Picchu or wants to go there.  No wonder it is on the list of the new seven wonders of the world.  Being there is surreal, getting there is a process.  Some people choose to walk for several days to arrive at the wonder.  Our trek encompassed miles and miles of planes, trains and automobiles.  The flight from Lima to Cusco gets you in the mood for mountains.  High ones and lots of them.

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Landing in Cusco is an adventure as the wings of the plane seem to skim by the up close and personal mountains all along the landing path.  They say you should stay in Cusco a couple of days before going to Machu Picchu to get used to the altitude, it could make you sick.  The first night there I woke up hyperventilating with numbness and tingling all over my body.  In my sleep I didn’t realize I was taking short, rapid breaths to accommodate little Oxygen. I actually felt fine and got my breathing under control with just a little concentration.  Take a look at these elevations.

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The railroad cuts out the four day hike, and we were riding that train all the way to Aqua Caliente or Hot Water.  In comfort, the train offered great views of the surrounding mountains.

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Last stop, Aqua Caliente, a small town with lots of hotels and bed and breakfasts.  Ours was down at the end of the railroad tracks.  We went next door to a small cafe for our breakfast.  Lunch found us walking up a huge hill laden with shops, traders and restaurants where you could get a burger with fried onions on top.

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Continuing on up the hill you could rent a swim suit, if you didn’t have your own, and jump into a large square pool of heated water from the hot springs.   The next morning it was up before dawns early light and on the bus that would take us up and around hairpin turns, sometimes making a three point turn to get around a corner.  Breathtaking sights to behold, and believe me we held our breath more than once when our bus going up, met their bus coming down and had to back up a little ways to let the other bus by, all the while looking off the edge of a cliff.  That is process I’m talking about.

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The sights were jaw dropping amazing!  Coming in from Cusco, some of us are not feeling up to snuff.  I feel OK, but had to take medication for nausea this morning and am drowsy.  Kay has not been able to eat supper or breakfast and Harry is looking pale,moving slow.

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We are looking at magnificent mountains around us, and are standing on a terrace trying to fathom the scene before us.  Kay and Tom are in front, Dick and I are behind them and Harry and Linda are to the left behind us.  The guide is telling us all the things guides talk about, but I can’t understand most of what he is saying, let alone retain anything he said.  Linda comes up from behind, taps Dr. Tom on the shoulder and whispers, “Harry needs help.” We quickly go over to him.  He is passed out in a sitting position with his back up against a rock and his legs tangled behind him.  Working quietly we get him into a better position, I am fanning him, trying to get him more air, and he comes around, but we know his Oxygen level is low, the medics arrive and he is taken to the sick room where he spends most of the day on oxygen.

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Linda stays with Harry, but encourages us to walk around and see the sights.  Tom stays with them for a time and Kay not feeling well herself stays behind for a time as well.  Someone has to get the pictures.  Dick and I keep up with the tour.  Climbing up, walking down, ducking under, and gazing over shear cliffs.  Have a look for yourself. The pictures say it all.

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Yep!  That’s the way we felt about our wonderful day at Machu Picchu.  Memories galore.  

 

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New year, new blog site

I stopped blogging just before Christmas. You know how it is, Christmas was coming, I wasn’t ready, something had to go.  I also wondered if you were ready,  and how much you really cared if I blogged or not.  So, I didn’t.  But now it’s a whole new year, I have a new blog address and  am ready to start again. I will continue to take you places you may or may not have been to and tell you stories of our adventures.  Sometimes I will throw in some family time here at home, like on this blog.  Take a peak at our celebrations.

First there is the Christmas Tree.  At our house it goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving and comes down January 6th.  This year I have noticed a lot of “theme” trees.  I saw a snowman tree, a gold tree, a red tree and a craft tree to name a few.  Our tree has the same “reason for the season” theme every year.  Can you spot it?  I love these ornaments with pictures of the Christmas story inside the letters.

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The big day arrives ready or not, and gifts galore are sometimes given in fun to make laughing a big part of the day.  Here I have a pair of baby shoes with money to buy a pair that I would choose.  The baby shoes went to my brand new niece.

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Would everyone please pay attention for the family picture, Gina is setting up the camera to do a timed self photo.

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Flash, flash, flash, beep, beep, “Jake, take off the hat,” ” Pop look at the camera.”  “POP!!  Oh well, Never mind.”

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Toys for boys

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All of a sudden Christmas is over and it is time to ring in the New Year.  As Christmas is for family, so New Year’s is for friends.  We started with lunch on New year’s eve.

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We took in a couple of shows at a local church two blocks from the square in town.  The first one featuring hit tunes from across the decades performed by a Children’s Theater group, then enjoyed hot cider and cookies before walking around town and listening to a Celtic band bringing in the new year with an Irish Jig.  And we couldn’t forget the sing along with Abe and Perry Como (AKA typical tourist) on the square.

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Let the New Year begin!!!!  Hugs and kisses all around,amid cheers and noise makers.

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The fireworks show a display of lights in the sky above us, dazzling those of us below.

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Nothing like topping off the night with some nice chilled bubbly and a toast to a wonderful New Year to all.

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I am re-gifting a lovely wine journal to the first person who comments telling me they would rather bring in the new year with a glass of wine than a sparkling juice.   See my blog called “Looking for Lorenzo” to find out why I am giving it away.

The purpose of this post, if you haven’t guessed is to welcome you to my new site and wish all of my readers a very happy New Year.  It is much easier  to join this blog, so I hope you leave your comments and join me each week.

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