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Here we are at thirty weeks into the pregnancy & chugging along. Pictures taken by yours truly, QLP, because why not!? And since the Oregon sun rises at 5:30am, we pried ourselves from our nice, warm bed at 4:00am to make it to the Gorge- just in time to witness the magic. And how breathtaking it was indeed!

Thank you, love, for setting up the tripod and running into the pose within our 10 second window. We really do need to find our camera remotes!

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The 26 mile Inca Trail is a beast of a journey that physically taxed my body to its limit all while completely rejuvenating my spirit. Our Ketchuan guide was god sent, giving us a very unfiltered experience of the trail in all of its original glory. I found myself falling in love with Pachamama and the promise of brief rainbows that connects the earth to the spiritual realm.

All pride aside, the Inca Trail was extremely difficult. I went in obliviously confident that I did not need an additional porter and choose to strap 19 pounds of god forsaken weight onto my body. I won’t go into too much detail about the lingering altitude sickness, the unrelenting rain, or the fact that my period started on the first day of the trail (one that I wasn’t prepared for); these events do not paint a glorious, new world wonder image in anyone’s mind.

I dropped off my many demons on the trail as well- like the fresh heaps of steaming burro turds that lined the pathways. They became too heavy to carry. It was here where I decided to stop being such an angry person and to let go of things beyond my control. Every step I took was a testament to the fact that my will has finally matured to surpass my physical limitations.

So, you see? Physically and mentally taxing but spiritually renewed. And there wasn’t even a choir or a preacher necessary. Just me and Pachamama.

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Day 1:

alongside the south bank of the Urubamba River

pass the Incan ruins of Llactapata

alongside the Cusichaca river








Day 2:

elevation gain of 4,000 feet

climbed Dead Woman’s pass

total altitude of 13,776 feet

alongside the Llullucha river






Day 3:

2 mountainous passes

total altitudes of 12,470 feet & 11,742 feet

pass the Runkuracay, Sayacmarca, and Winay Wayna ruins







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Day 4:

through the sun gate into Machu Picchu





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We had 2 extended layovers in Lima that sandwiched our time in Cusco. Both times were sweet, brief ones with just enough time to hire a skillful private driver and hit up the main city attractions. We got to explore a handful of sights such as the Convento de San Francisco (known for their intricate tile works and catacombs), Centro De Lima (Main Square), Miraflore (city by the sea), and the Magic Water Circuit.

Above all, my favorite moment in Lima was watching market vendors open their food stalls for the day. Our first layover got us into the city at 6am, just in time to see, smell, and experience the morning rush at the market. Sights of freshly caught seafood, freshly butchered meats, and tubs of spices made me quite envious of the connection Peruvians have with their food.

While we did not get a chance to taste Peru’s infamous ceviche or try a pisco sour, we will definitely do so next time we find ourselves here!










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Magic is not hard to find in the desert. In fact, any living organism able to survive desert hardships should be applauded with a standing ovation. But finding color in the desert- now that is an extreme rarity! With dusty yellow mountains as far as the eye can see, artist Ugo Rondinone broke the Sierra scape with seven of his own abstract Magic Mountains. The magic in this contrast is like water to the parched tongue. We might not have known how much we needed it, but these vibrant colors represent a reformed connection between us and the many dusty miles ahead.

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