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

Friday, June 21, 2013

5/14/2013.  Our last morning of the hike, I got up early to watch the sun come up on the surrounding mountains.  The cloud formations changed by the minute.

Below our camp was the Puyupatamarca Ruins (City above the clouds).  Alpaca were grazing there.  Our hike would take us right by the ruins and the Alpaca.

Finally, the sun arrived.

This is one of my favorite photos, even with the sun glare, as it really shows what it was like in this extraordinary camp. 

Breakfast at the top of the world.  Even on our last morning we were served wonderful omlettes!

 Our guides.
We had a thank-you ceremony with our porters and cooks after breakfast, because they would soon be leaving us. 


From camp our hike to Machu Picchu was nearly all downhill.  The guides said it was flat, but “Peruvian flat” isn’t exactly flat. 

We made a stop at Winay Wayna, the largest ruins on our hike other than Machu Picchu.  There was a very well developed water system, fountains and baths.


We finally arrived at Intipuncu, the Sun Gate, where we caught our first glimpse of Machu Picchu far below us, the Urubamba River and the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we would spend the night.   The switchback road carries busloads of tourists up to and down from Machu Picchu.



Champagne to Celebrate!  First sip goes to Mother Earth!

About halfway down the mountain, we came to the iconic Kodak moment.  One picture says it all.

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