5/18/10: Inca Trail, Peru
For a plethora of reasons, today might have been the most anticipated day of the trip. No other place on our itinerary required such a combination of time, effort, money and intestinal fortitude just in order to get a glimpse of it as did Machu Picchu. Sure, we hiked further and harder in Nepal. We paid comparatively more to see the gorillas in Uganda. We went further out of our way to get to Easter Island. But this had it all. And on top of that, it had more. We had heard from countless other tourists how this would be the best day of our trip. We had seen pictures of the ruins since we were in elementary school. And we had Dad and Steve who flew in from the States almost solely to share this experience with us.
We were not let down.
You may have seen these exact pictures countless times, but this time they’re a bit different: we took them! We witnessed Machu Picchu firsthand. Nothing could ruin these ruins for us. (Although at various points during the day my last night’s dinner attempted to come back up and soil the soil, but in the end it failed.)
The history behind Machu Picchu is incredibly interesting even for a guy who slept through every history class he ever took, but this isn’t a history blog so I won’t go there. And my elementary school level writing won’t be able to do any justice to this incredible ancient site, so I’ll let our pictures speak for themselves. (I’ll caption the pictures just in case you don’t understand them.)
Puzzles for Postcards
Hidden TV Characters (Find one famous TV character hidden forward or backward in each of these, must be at least five letters long)
Climbing the stairs of this tall urban office really makes the cowboy’s old rural legs sore.
“The Smiley Face is a registered trademark of Wal-Mart, Inc.” ran early morning headlines.
Ohio Picture: At the end of the trip we’ll conglomerate all the O H I Os and send them to Zhou’s old boss at Vanderbilt: Ohio State president Gordon Gee.
Picture of the Day: People seem to enjoy bad pictures of us, so here you go. This one reminds me a bit of American Gothic.