If They Can Do It, So Can We

May 21st, 2012 § 4 comments

We met three ladies at breakfast who had just come from Cuzco and had hiked to Machu Picchu on a different trail than we will be. They are in their 50s and don’t hike at home; one had never slept in a tent before. They said it was hard, like everyone else has, but they didn’t say it was impossible!

Their biggest advice was to not bring anything extra, particularly clothes and specifically extra underwear. Apparently, we will not be bothered to change it. I have been camping before, I know the drill…but underwear is pretty light weight.


I’m sure we’ll be hearing lots more stories in Cuzco, we’re going there tomorrow. It all makes me think of our 2-day stair climb up Emei Shan in China. People at the bottom of the mountain hang out in cafes and worry about the impending torment of going up while people who have just come down are too tired to talk about it.

At the bottom of Emei Shan, the cafe walls where we did our fretting were covered with the scrawls of travelers and pilgrims, penned in all shades of blue and black; there were warnings and statements of triumph–not one message said, “it’s not so bad…” (which is, of course, the message I was always looking for).

§ 4 Responses to If They Can Do It, So Can We"

  • Raquel says:

    I have butterflies in my stomach for you. I love this part – arriving somewhere completely foreign, checking into a lovely local hotel, swapping stories with fellow travelers…sigh…complete escape.

    I’ll try not to comment too often so you can truly take a break from “real life” but know I’ll be living vicariously through you.

  • gwen says:

    Sounds like they could be my friends- you two will persevere and have marvelous stories! Cacao leaves and more cacao leaves! xx

  • mom says:

    I love being able to watch from afar and live vicariously through you as your friend stated. Will be waiting for your next entry. take care! What an adventure! luv u

  • Erika says:

    You can do it! Attitude is everything… well, except when your feet hurt. Take good care of your feet. I won’t ask too many questions about the underwear situation 😉