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May 21, 2009 - One week to departure!

Today is Thursday, May 21st. It is exactly one week before we board a plane to Lima, Peru via Houston, TX. There have been and still is many tasks to complete, but we have been picking away at the list little by little. One of the most important things we have accomplished is conditioning. Marisa and I have been loading our backpacks with preliminary supplies and weights, donning our hiking boots and socks, and taking on the hilly terrain of Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois. These are not exactly similar elevations that we will be dealing with...

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May 4, 2009 - Meeting other travelers

Finally we have met some other travelers at "The Watering Hole". There is a husband/wife team from ATL and a sister team who did not specify their country/state of origin. Sounds like the husband is worried about the physicality of the trip as I am, so at least I'm not alone. My dad loaned me his super-duper zooming camera lens so Missy and I will be able to take great pictures. We're getting closer.... As of today, May 4, 2009, there are no new travel alerts from the CDC! The swine flu is still out there, (280 some cases in the US), but it...

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Apr 22, 2009 - Looking for fellow travelers

The travel company we are dealing with has lots of online opportunities to meet people who have gone on the same or similar trips and hear their stories. It is very exciting to see their pictures, read their blogs and see a few videos that probably don't do any justice capturing the true wonder and beauty of the land and the people. Today, we have signed up for the "Watering Hole Forum". This is a place for fellow travelers to meet, greet and share. A little over a month away from our trip and we have yet to snag anyone who is traveling...

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Apr 20, 2009 - Probiotics and Ginko

Probiotics (or yogurt to you and me) are recommended for pre-trip defense from Montezuma's Revenge, a condition that plagues even the most careful who peel or boil before eating. Ginkgo is said to help with altitude sickness, another travel condition that will be the rule of thumb as we ascend to altitudes of 13,000 ft. enroute to Machu Picchu. The air will be thin and the respirations will increase making hiking slow and sleeping difficult. Headaches and nausea are common as the body learns to acclimate. Medicine has been prescribed, but...

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