Year: 2017

It was 1995. We were living in Charles Town, a little community of 3500 in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia. Early that summer, we attended a carnival in the even smaller town of Inwood with some out-of-state friends. Our Maryland friends were delighted with the small-town flavor of the carnival, and were amused to see you could win a rabbit pitching Ping-Pong balls at goldfish bowls. Seeing this, my son (Jonathan, then age 10) could not rest until he...

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Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, buses, fresh produce, lunches, haircuts, and so on are so low, that no one likes to break large bills. Taxis frown at anything over a $5 bill, and trying to use anything larger than a $20 anywhere but a major chain store or restaurant is almost impossible. So here in our...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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UPDATE! The full story of our Inca Trail Hike - and much more - is now available in paperback and as a full-color eBook (free read for Kindle Unlimited members) on Amazon. In "An Uphill Climb - Survivor's Guilt and the Inca Trail" you will find practical advice for preparing for the Inca Trail, and follow along with colorful pictures as Rita and I make our attempt. This is not your typical Inca Trail book. There is the story of...

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August 14th, 2017 Today is important, not just because we are only two weeks away from taking our first step on the Inca Trail, but because it was one year ago today that we took the real first step by deciding to commit ourselves to this goal. Back on that fateful day last year, we were completing a second-in-a-row 5+ mile hike out to La Puntilla, a nearby nature preserve, when a chance encounter with a friend who was planning to...

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Things are getting exciting around here, as we count down to the start of our epic journey. We are now just four calendar weeks from the start of our Inca Trail hike, and we will be leaving to acclimate and do some last high altitude practice hikes in just over two weeks. Although I've been writing these updates for almost a year now, it was pointed out to me that I've neglected to do something that it seems everyone does...

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