Camino de Santiago 2016

Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn't sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10 k race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 lbs., or telling someone you love her (or him).
-- Scott Jurek

Old age is the time to be dangerous. Dangerously fun loving, dangerously alive . . . This is the time to do every single thing we can possibly do with all the life we can bring to it. This is the time to live with an edge, with strength, with abandon. There is nothing for which to save our energy. Now it is simply time to spend time well.
-- Joan Chittister

Thursday, June 20, 2013

5/13/2013.    On the third day of the hike, after we left Pacaymayu, the trail began to ascend the other side of the valley. 

Breathtaking views.

We stopped at Sayaqmarca Ruins.  It was a fortress with accompanying residence for no more than 200 people.  It reminded me, as many of the Incan ruins did, of the ruins left by Southwestern Indians, particularly those at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

At 12,300’ we came to Runkuraqay Ruins which overlooks the valley. 

As we rested for lunch, a number of porters passed us carrying their huge loads.  Without any framed packs, many walking in simple sandals, the porters broke camp after we left and met us at the next lunch spot or camp with everything all set up and waiting for us.  And they always had a smile!

Shortly before camp we went through one of two Inca made tunnels on this portion of the Trail.  Here, I am with Juan, one of our guides.

Finally we arrived at our final camp, Puyupatamarca or “cloud level town,”  at 12,000.’ The name is applied to both the camp and the extensive ruins close by. 

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