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Home Sweet Home! How Sweet It Is!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Nothing like a month away from home to really bring to focus how wonderful and comfy your home really is! We left our home on March 9th, today is April 8th -- during this hectic month we have:
* Hurried to airports then waited for hours for our plane
* Seen some wonderful, fascinating sights
* Had High Altitude Sickness
* Got an infection in my stomach
* Saw the world's largest and oldest adobe city
* Hiked Machu Picchu (what a sight)
* Had diarrhea/vomiting
* Lost weight/gained weight -- no scale???
* Walked/hiked for miles and miles
* Had delightful meals and also some pretty bad ones
* Met interesting, friendly people
Yes, we created a lot of memories, and just because something didn't turn out as you had expected doesn't make it "bad" just different. Life would be dull if you always knew just exactly how things would go -- that's the adventure!

But it was finally time to come home. We got up at 3:00 a.m. so we could be transported to the airport at 3:30 to give us our required "3 hours" wait time before take-off. Then 7:00 a.m. came and went and we were not airbound -- no plane in sight. AA finally made an overdue announcement that the plane was delayed. Duh! We were now expected to board the plane at 9:15 with 10:15 as the targeted take-off time. Our names would be called so they could see if changes were necessary to our itinerary. Suddenly we found we no longer had access to a direct flight, we lost our First Class status -- and we were being routed to Phoenix via Dallas, TX. And of course our TOA switched from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

You can't fight City Hall, so we accepted our fate with a few grumbles and settled in for close to another 2 hour weight (and of course no breakfast yet either). 9:15 came and went, there was still no plane, but they brought a bus to our waiting spot. There were 6 people in wheel chairs and I wondered how they planned on getting them up the stairs to the airplane. Part of the exciting mystery and intrigue of this adventure!?

Finally, a bit after 11:00 a.m. they began to usher the waiting passengers onto the bus, the people in wheelchairs were expected to hobble the few steps into the bus, with support from employees and family. I couldn't see how they got them into the airplane. We were loaded and on our way, time was about 11:30. We were still in First Class for this portion of the trip which was to Miami. And....... BREAKFAST was served! About 2-1/2 hours later a light lunch was served. AA had done their duty! (at least in their eyes).

Departure time from Miami was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and we knew with claiming our baggage and clearing customs there was no way that time would work for us. At 7:00 p.m. we were still waiting for our baggage! The customs man was very nice, and we made our way to "rebooking" where we were told there were no other available flights to a destination that would help us -- not that day! But. . . . if we wanted the one to Dallas at 5:30 a.m. there were 2 seats in coach available. Of course that meant getting up at 3:00 a.m. again, not an appealing idea at this point. I said I'd rather wait for the 5:00 p.m. direct flight to Phoenix -- again First Class was not available, but it was our best choice.

By this time we were both hungry again, numb from lack of sleep and feeling pretty darn irritated. We finally made it to our hotel, where the clerk at the front desk informed us that "they" didn't have a restaurant, but there was one within walking distance. We got the directions and started out. Oh, looks like it's closed! I glance at my watch and see it is 9:15 and of course they closed at 9:00. Murphy's Law, right?

It is small wonder that when we finally did arrive home the next night, called our Dog Sitter about picking up our dog, and finally drove over to get her -- that we were as thankful and relieved as she was excited! She'd been waiting for a month! Lots of excited doggy noises and running through the house to show her excitement. We asked her if she was ready to go home and she answered with lots of "doggy talk." I'm sure it was YES!

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KAYWEB555 4/17/2011 8:13AM

    Don't you just love flying ? I haven't been on a plane now for 18 years! Hope that the trip it self was fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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LIS193 4/13/2011 9:32AM

    Welcome home! You have had quite the adventure :) Lots of memories.
Enjoy your peace and quiet at home with your dog.
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KAITLANDSDREAM 4/9/2011 8:37AM

    I am so glad you are back!

Oh, the wonders of travel. I bet you little doggie doesn't leave your side for da!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/8/2011 12:07PM

    emoticonHOME - sorry about all the drama but you made it home in one piece and safe that is a good thing - now enjoy being with Amber and in your own bed - glad your back
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OLDERDANDRT 4/8/2011 11:58AM

    I am soooo sorry they somebody made sure your return trip was less than pleasant and not what your planned or paid for!!! I'm afraid I probably would have spent the night in somebody's tank overnight for getting too rowdy and upset!!! ( I tend to fly off the handle after awhile) hehe
But the sweet little pooch of yours made it all better, I'm sure!!! Not a better welcome home could you have gotten!!!! Welcome home, my friend!!

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STILLFLYIN 4/8/2011 11:45AM

    Welcome home! Adventures lead to wonderful homecomings.
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A Month Away From My Dog!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A month is a long time to be away from your pet -- probably seems like a long time to the pet who is left behind also.

I know from talking with my Pet Sitter how the days usually progress -- first there will be the lack of interest in her food, and each evening she will lay facing the front door, as though she is waiting for me to come to pick her up. But this is the longest I have ever been gone at one time. Although I am in Peru, I look at dogs I see being walked, or laying by buildings, but it is Amber I am seeing in my mind. Wondering how she is doing and if she realizes I will be coming back for her; I haven't abandoned her.

One of the last notes I received from my Sitter was that Amber was laying on her back with her feet stuck straight up in the air. Now I know she is at peace and happy, because that is one of her little habits when she is very happy. Kind of her way of relaxing.

Wednesday will be our travel home day, and I told Jeanne she could tell Amber that "Mommy will be coming soon." She knows all those words. I have been told she looks out the front door watching people go by and she gets very excited if she sees a lady with brown hair coming down the sidewalk.

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SUGARSMOM2 4/15/2011 1:41PM

  Oh . she will be be beside herself when she sees you . Happy Days are here again. long time for anyone to be away .

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CATLADY52 4/6/2011 8:07PM

    She will probably welcome you with opan paws and be glad to see you. emoticon Give her a great big hug and she will be happy emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 4/6/2011 3:43PM

    You have had the trip of a lifetime and I know you will be glad to get back home. Look at all the memories you have!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/6/2011 11:45AM

    Eve - a month is a long time for you and Amber but she will be so glad to see you both and you can make it up to her later - take her for more walks
That is how Gerti is with me not so much with my daughter but I think that is because I spoil her not Leah but she will be glad to see Leah too
Have fun these last few days and Amber will be waiting for you
Safe trip home
Vicki

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MARPET44 4/6/2011 8:05AM

    A whole month? My dog, george , tags along with me where ever I go and my DH tells me he whines when he looses track of me. I know you missed your furry baby and it will be a joyous reunion. emoticon

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KAYWEB555 4/5/2011 6:11PM

    My Westie took it well! We had an emergency and no one botherd to ask me what to do with my excape artist pup. So they left her at the house and every 2 hours someone of my friends or neighbors or family came and spent time with her. When i finally got home she was happy but day one she kept looking out the window to see who was coming next to see her. I think I missed her more than she missed me! You have to love dogs, they are so human. Kay & The Pups emoticon

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PENNI68 4/5/2011 2:34PM

    Wow a month is a very long time, I can't imagine being away from my babies for that long! Your baby is going to be soooo happy to see you as I am sure you will be to see her!! Enjoy each other!!

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OLDERDANDRT 4/5/2011 1:20PM

    Wow! That really IS a long time!! I know your furbaby is really gonna be tickled to have you home!!! She'll probably be your permanent shadow once you are home!

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STILLFLYIN 4/5/2011 1:10PM

    A month IS a long time. Still, you have had an adventure and soon will be going home.



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Water, Water, WATER!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

emoticon I just found out first hand how important it is to stay hydrated -- especially if you happen to be in an area where the elevation is higher than you are accustomed to. As I travelled in Peru a little over one week ago, I didn't realize I had picked up some type of bug and the infection was already busy in my stomach -- the end result was that it caused a loss of apetite. But along with the loss of apetite I developed an apathy that made me disinterested in drinking water, eating, most activities and anything else you can think of.

It wasn't until I had to go to the Mini-Hospital that I realized how bad it was! Water is sooooo important. I now make sure I carry a bottle of it around with me at all times. It may seem a bit inconvenient at times, but that inconvenience is nothing compared to the problems you run into when you become dehydrated.

Take it from one who knows! drink, Drink, DRINK! Your body will love you for it.

  
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BRENDAGAIL9 4/3/2011 5:57PM

    It's too bad you had to learn the hard way and I'm glad there was a medical facility close by. Enjoy the rest of your trip and keep in touch as you can.

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LIS193 4/1/2011 12:17AM

    Keep drinking that water
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CATLADY52 3/31/2011 9:56AM

    Hope all is well now. Perhaps you should measure your water intake by the quart instead of by the glass for the next month or so. emoticon intead of emoticon

Take care and enjoy the rest of the trip.

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STILLFLYIN 3/30/2011 10:20PM

    I hadn't thought of drinking water that way. Thank you.

I hope the rest of your trip is enjoyable.

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/30/2011 7:32PM

    emoticonso glad you are better and drinking your water - keep drinking have a great trip now - stay well have a good time hurry home


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HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS -- no fun at all!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

emoticon emoticon You can google High Altitude Sickness, or perhaps find it even on Spark, but basically among the list of symptoms are: vomiting, diarrhea, swelling, dizzyness, loss of appetite, nose bleeds, disoriented, and can't think of the others right now, so perhaps Senior Moments are included in the list. I had several of those symptoms.

My problems with the Peruvian food actually started very early on the morning of March 17, so just 1 week after being in Peru. Went to bed OK, woke up at 4:00 very much NOT OK. Got very well acquainted with the bathroom and felt completely drained of energy by morning.

There were a couple of good days mixed in, for example Machu Picchu I felt good except for the wore legs, and the altitude is not really high there, perhaps under 8,000 ft. After that we left for Cusco for 5 days; much higher with a elevation of 12,000 feet. That's when the High Altitude Sickness grabbed me. I already had an infection working around in my stomach but did not know it. We asked for oxygen in the room and it helps a little, but I still felt very tired and the diarrhea stayed with me in spite of the many pills I was taking.

We then left for Puno at around 14,000 feet, and after arriving at night I asked my husband to take me to the doctor on Sunday morning. By this time my left hand was swollen to twice it's normal size as well as the right side of my face, starting with my lips and continuing over to cover my right cheek and jaw. If that's how my lips would look with Botox, think I'll save my money! lol

Doctor prescribed drugs for the infection, hooked me up to saline with additives for my bad dehydration and about 4 hours later, I walked out of the clinic feeling much better. Have a very restrictive diet for the next 5 days, but do it or die, right?

What a way to lose weight -- and of course I don't even know if I am losing! But I SHOULD BE!

  
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AVANLON3 3/28/2011 9:12PM

    Ok I guess it puts my day in perspective . I hope you continue to feel better. I think I would prefer to be your Scottie's sitter sounds like a lot more fun LoL but joking a side I think seeing Peru would be awesome maybe staying in the lower altitudes.Have fun,be well and be safe. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 3/28/2011 11:52AM

    That's the kind of adventure you don't need. I hope you feel better soon and can enjoy yourself!


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VITCHY-VICKI 3/28/2011 8:40AM

    Sorry you got sick and had to see a DR on vacation hope things get better so you can enjoy the rest of the trip
Take care
Vicki
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TRISTAROSE 3/28/2011 8:23AM

    Oh my goodness, I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy what's left of your vacation. Take care.

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LIS193 3/28/2011 12:30AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Glad you got to see the doctor and got treatment.

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Random Shots of Peru

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My husband has resized a few photo's so I can make a little blog, so this blog will kind of skip around parts of Peru that we have seen -- with a few comments to explain where the photo was taken.

The first one is of me holding a little Peruvian girl in native dress. Most of the women and kids dress this way at the markets where they are selling their wares. Tourists like to take photo's and the lady can earn 1 or 2 sola (about 35 to 70 cents US) I don't remember which town this was in, but they are all very typical.

We went to Paracus next and while waiting for the boat to take us on a tour of Ballastas Island, my husband noticed this man with his 3 pet pelicans. The same man was in this location in 2006 when my husband was last here. He makes his living this way as the tourists flock around him -- so unusual to see pelicans as pets, they follow him as a dog would.

After the boat tour we were taken to the Paracus National Reserve. It's quite awesome in the magnitude and beauty of everything.

A trip to Peru would not be complete without seeing the fabled Nazca Lines. We were flown in a little Cessna that seated 12 passengers. In this particular shot you will observe the line known as "The Hand." These lines are up to 1000 feet long and are thought to be about 2000 years old.

Our workouts at the gym paid off as we traveled to an area known as Cahuachi. The area covered some 0.6 miles, considered big, and contained 40 separate pyramids. It was quite windy and the area had deep sand -- my legs really felt the effort of it the next day.

After we left that site, we saw the cemetary which is always located next to the river. There were many square to rectangular deep holes and at the bottom you would see the mummy of perhaps 2 to 5 people still wrapped in the robes they were buried in. The holes would be excavated as a new person needed to be added. Grave robbers had been through this area and took most of the precious stones and even the textiles the bodies were wrapped in,.

As we had a few minutes to spare as we were driving around Ica, our guide took us to an area known to the locals as an "Oasis." Indeed, I could see how it earned it's name as there was a beautiful lake surrounded by many trees, flowers and shrubs. Of course it is now maintained by the government.


Last, but certainly not least, is the area Peru is most well known for = Machu Picchu! My legs were still very, very sore from the walks in the sand, so it was doubly hard to walk up and down the stone steps, but worth every agonizing moment. It is a view like no other, and it is well worth the expense of vacationing in Peru. Do try this before you are 70 years old, unless you are in exceptional shape!


Hope you all enjoyed this, brief as it was. We have hundreds more that we will make available when we return home.

  
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THPEAKY 3/25/2011 7:29AM

    Your pictures are really awesome!

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TRISTAROSE 3/25/2011 7:28AM

    Beautiful pictures and can't wait to see more!



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CATLADY52 3/24/2011 7:08PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/24/2011 4:18PM

    I will probably never get there so thanks for sharing looks so pretty and sounds like your having a good time.
Have a safe trip can't wait for more
Vicki

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BUTEAFULL 3/24/2011 2:05PM

    fabulous photos, all I ever hear of Peru is Machu Pichu, so thanks for showing us the other available sights and landscapes

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KAITLANDSDREAM 3/24/2011 11:30AM

    Looks like the trip of a lifetime! Thanks for sharing!

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DHSPARK 3/24/2011 9:58AM

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you and hubby are having such a nice vacation.

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LOSER05 3/24/2011 9:30AM

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MUMMYUK2 3/24/2011 9:26AM

    I love Peru when I went on vacation the people are wonderful and Machu Pichu was Awe Inspiring emoticon

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