|At the start of the trail.|
|Map of our route - the ruins and elevations along the way.|
|This picture was actually used on CNN. Seriously.|
Day 2 was... yeah. It was DAY 2. It was the day that we trained for months beforehand. Basically you climb up a giant mountain to a place called "Dead Woman's Pass" The trail rises higher than the highest point in the contiguous United States. You start down in the jungle:
And rise out above the treeline into the mountains:
by way of steps. Lots and lots and lots and lots of steps.
And then some more steps.
I have issues with altitude - it makes me short of breath and light headed and such. So there was a fair bit of this happening during all of those steps:
|Why are you taking this awful picture of me? It's not like I'll post it on my blog 7 years from now or anything...|
And it was awesome:
|SO MANY STEPS.|
|At this point I think they are just messing with us.|
Unfortunately the day we were there it was very, very smoky:
And you end at a pretty amazing site:
I spent that whole night worrying. I was exhausted and really upset that the smoke would make it impossible to see Macchu Picchu from the Sun Gate. Which is the sight that is supposed to make all of this hiking worthwhile. The whole reason we were there. I tossed and turned and fretted. And when it was time to get up to hike to the gate - somewhere around 4am so that you hit the gate at sunrise - I got out of bed, looked up, and saw..... STARS. Perfectly clear skies. Perfect end to our adventure.
I could probably do about 5 posts just of pictures of Machu Picchu. But I'll edit it down to a few:
It was an amazing trip. I hope someday we can take our kids on adventures like this.