Saturday, March 19, 2011
After several days in Peru, we finally found ourselves facing our biggest challenge of the whole trip -- hiking machu Pichu! You are either climbing up the stone stairways, or making your way down the stairways! Sounds easy, until you actually try it, do not underestimate it. The day before we travelled to Machu Pichu we were in an area known as the Sacred Valley, and to see the sights you were required to hike up and down many steps. Wow! We both thought we were in pretty good shape after using the stairclimber at the gym extensively.
Of course when you add the higher elevation into the equation and the fact that we had a humidity in the area of 50% (rather than the 10% we in Arizona are used to) it was quite a challenge for me. I found the next morning the muscles in my thighs were so sore that I was forced to take the steps going down like a little baby. First the right foot went down, joined by the left foot, then repeat the process for as many steps as necessary. Going up the stairs seemed much easier on my legs than going down for some reason. And when you stop and think that I have been registering 10,000 to 12,000 on my pedometer, it is no wonder my leg muscles are sore!
At the hotel in Machu Pichu, although we are in a 4-star hotel, there are no private Internet connections -- therefore I do not have access to all the beautiful photos I have ready to share with you. But we will be is Cusco for the next 5 days so Internet connections will improve and I will see what I can do.
Miss being able to chat with you all -- wonder how my weight is doing -- find the food here a lot different from at home -- and while travelling is marvelous, there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME so even though there is a lot to see, it will be terrific to return home also!
Monday, March 14, 2011
I know it's pretty stupid, but when I saw that on Sunday we had a boat ride to Ballestos Island planned, with the opportunity of viewing several species of birds, including pelicans, and also sea lions; I wasn't thinking so much about the sun shining on me, as I was worried about if I would be WARM enough out on the ocean in an open boat.
I ended up deciding to wear a sleeveless blouse and long pants. I could have easily been comfy in a pair of shorts! Didn't think about the sun at all. Stood crouched on my seat a lot of the time, enjoying the wind blowing through my hair. The scenery was a delight, and the weather was better than perfect. Oh, and to add to that -- not one bird took a crap on my head, (lol) as I had been warned they might -- there are millions of them!
It was actually a little warm with my lifevest on. And it wasn't until I was back in the hotel and stripped down to take my shower that I noticed the red, red arms! A tiny bit on my nose, but not much. It doesn't hurt, and it may peel just a little at the top of my arms -- otherwise it's
looking pretty good.
Today we viewed some archaeological ruins and I DID opt for the shorts. Windy out, but quite hot. Great vacation so far -- and I'm getting in a LOT of walking.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wow! If you want to talk about being worn out -- I think I was past "worn out" by the time I reached Lima!
My day started at 6:00 when I jumped out of bed -- who can sleep the night before a trip? You wake up every hour or two and check the clock to see how much more time you have to sleep? Sleep? Poor choice of words for what goes on the night before a trip -- any trip, and the longer it is, the more you seem to worry. And especially if the travel isn't in your own car where you sort of have control over your comings and goings.
The shuttle service was right on schedule with his arrival at 7:25 -- although why he needed to pick us up at that hour is beyond my comprehension, we didn't need to be at the airport until 9:00! So we got there about 8:00 or maybe 8:10. And I'm happy to report that unlike all the horrible things I've heard about being "patted down" or "frisked" were unfounded. It was the same as always, walk through the scan, minus your shoes or any jewelry that might set off the alarm -- and away you go. I had my pedometer in place and decided I would get my much needed exercise by walking up and down the aisles between flights. Now was a good time to get started.
Time to board finally came, and as we were First Class we were among the handful of people who got to board early. I order a Bloody Mary because, after all, I'M ON VACATION! Luckily I have a good book to pass the time. The time passed rather quickly and we landed in /Dallas right on time. Plus it's one hour later there. And only 1 hour layover time.
More walking and soon it's time to board the plane again for Miami! When you're flying on Frequent Flyer miles they always make sure you have plenty of layovers. lol -- it's like the commercial for credit cards = "What's in YOUR wallet?"
We decided to pass on dinner! It seems like when you're flying 1st class they are always offering you something to eat or drink. The rest of the plane is starving, but not you! Our stomachs were still on Phoenix time. More reading -- and for me the fact that I didn't have to use the bathroom numerous times was a blessing.
In Miami it's a shocker to see that our plane doesn't leave for 4-1/2 hours! OMG! Just that fact was enough to make me very, very tired. People watching is fun, but who wants to make a career out of it? We decide to waste a bit of time in one of the restaurants we spot. Time well spent, we see an hour has gone by. AND we also realize that we had not reset our watches -- so we just knocked another hour off our wait time. Still a long time, but not too bad. Boring, but we expected it, so what can you do.
We finally get loaded and lo and behold are offered a "late night dinner" which I again passed up, but noticed the Ben & Jerry hot fudge sundae and indulged in that. Then it was sleep time or in this case "get cramps in your neck and a sore back" time. Again -- expected.
We make it to Lima -- immigration is a breeze, we see our guides -- ride to the hotel and OH, the comfort and pleasure of seeing a big, comfy king-sized bed was HEAVEN! Sinking into it and dropping off into dreamless sleep was even better! Ah! Life is GOOD!
Keep sparkin' while I'm gone, my friends, I miss you!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Knowing Amber would be taken to the Pet Sitter tonight this was my last chance to make sure she arrived looking like her usual pristine "cutie girl" self. My morning and afternoon is jammed full of stuff to do, so I pried myself out of bed early this morning, took Amber's collar off (which caused her ears to go down -- this couldn't be good) and carried her into the bathroom. She knew what was coming -- she'd been through it before.
She walked like she was headed for the gallows, but bravely stepped into the shower and cowered over in one corner, hoping I wouldn't notice her. Ha! Fat chance of that. I step in behind her and when the water is adjusted we start the "shampooing" process, as I caution her every few seconds "DON'T SHAKE!" Of course those words are not in her vocabulary as yet so I have the fun of getting a partial bath at the same time.
I finally decide she's clean enough, and the rinsing part is so easy in a shower -- then I wrap her in a really oversized towel and rub. She'd like to leave now, but no, we sit down on the floor in the outer part of the bathroom and out comes the dryer. I start out on high, but move it rapidly from place to place. She buries her head under my leg -- probably praying that she can live through it. As I had just finished trimming her a couple of days ago, the drying process goes quicker than usual -- and in no time I open the door just enough for her to "ESCAPE!" She is thrilled that she has "gotten away from me" and I'm thrilled because she looks so cute and clean again!
Another chore marked off my "to do" list. Life is good!
Monday, March 07, 2011
You may not know it but that's a picture of a POSITIVE PERSON! I like to think I get things done because I'm organized, make lists, have goals, think positive, and I'm logical.
How many times have you been given a task to do and you just throw up your hands in despair and say "I could never do that!" You're defeated before you've even tried.
Like everyone I have my moments of being down. Everyone needs a little pep talk to give themselves when this happens. Maybe the scale went up when you were expecting down. Maybe you didn't get the raise you were counting on; or worse you've been terminated from your job. Maybe a close relative or friend has been sick. There are lots of situations that cause your spirits to head downward. How you handle them is a different matter.
I'm not a psychologist but I have found that even when the news is bad, it could always be worse. I try to think of the positive things in my life when things are looking bad. No use adding to your sadness by eating scads of calories, then you just add guilt on top of it. I have also found that exercise is great therapy. If you're a runner, nows the time to do it. Or a nice long walk with fido, and of course the last resort is a heavy workout in the gym. Like it or not it has a way of lifting your spirits. And . . . . . it helps you sleep at night.
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