> Nova Scotia
> St Maarten
Subject: We survived Dead Woman´s Pass!
-- "Cathy "
>Helloooo my lovelies!
>And what have YOU been doing for the past 4 days? Eat, sleep, work, maybe go
>out for a drink or two, some cool people might even play darts or play
>around on that new fangled thing I hear about¨: ¨"The Internet".
>Well, for the past 4 days, I´ve been on the Inca Trail with 16 other
>foolhardy young people from all over the world. We trekked through jungle
>and highlands (and I mean HIGH lands!), rain, wind and burning sun... all to
>make that centuries-old pilgrimage to the most sacred Incan site, Machu
>Come on, I DARE you to call me a wimp NOW! We hiked between 15-20 km per
>day, carrying our packs, of course. Through whatever weather mother nature
>had to offer. Through whatever terrain they thought would make us most
>miserable (OK, sometimes it wasn´t THAT bad!). We camped in negative
>temperatures; my little toes thought they would fall off.
>The food was plentiful and pretty good, and the company was even better. If
>you think you´ve seen something awe-inspiring, I might suggest you give this
>a go. It might change your mind about everything you´ve seen before.
>Surrounded by nothing but waterfalls, mountains, jungle, flora and fauna,
>and complete silence, except for the wind.
>I don´t think that I´ve ever had to coax myself so much. I´m in pretty good
>shape, and I still had problems keeping up. Everyone on the trek was young
>and fit. At least I was acclimatized to the altitude, except on Day 2, when
>we ascended about 4000m. Some serious troubles breathing, especially since I
>had/have a bad cold and it was pretty much straight up, no breaks.
>However, I never once was so stressed as I can get at work. The only time I
>THOUGHT about work was when someone asked me what I did for a living. I´ve
>now been volunteered to make WebGoddessCAthy.com/peru/ for our trek group.
>Should be interesting. It will preceed the development of the rest of
>WebGoddessCathy.com, that´s for sure!
>Jen and I have been getting along OK, but she´s very.... wound up about her
>own health conditions and discomfort that I think I just might strangle her
>if she complains again!! I try to ignore it, but it´s easier said than done.
>We haven´t been attacked again. That´s nice. We´re still very wary of street
>kids selling postcards and all that. Not very trusting. Everyone we´ve told
>about the attack has been shocked.
>I have to go, we´re meeting our group at the bar tonight.
>I will be home soon (Sept 19th), if my plane CAN get me there, given all the
>backups and precautions taken at the airports now! If anyone has
>connections, please put in a good word for us!
>I love you and miss you all.
>And where we love is home,
>Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts
>The chain may lengthen, but it never parts.
>-Oliver Wendel Holmes