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Next winter's trip

Galapagos TortoiseLast night we heard that the small boat cruise to the Galapagos is on for the the end of February. So we signed up immediately. Also after this trip will be a trip to Machu Picchu. We're really psyched for this. Two places on the must-see before I die list. Every since I saw some pictures of Machu Picchu I've wanted to go there. I've never been to Peru but did travel to Ecuador (and Colombia) many years ago. There'll probably be some dancing in this trip, but the details aren't yet known.

I have this special indirect connection to Machu Picchu. When I was about 13 years old (~1951) I was visiting a friend in Connecticut in late summer and it turned out the local golf course needed some caddies since the older kids had quit so I took the job for a couple of weeks. My friends mother drove me there each day. My regular client was an elderly gentleman named Hiram Bingham who golfed with a couple of men his age. I learned that he'd been Governor from 1922-1924 and Senator from 1924 to 1932 (first to fill out a term). What I didn't know at the time was that he was the archeologist who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911.
Machu Picchu

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If I ship myself to your house in a trunk, will you take me with you?

OMG, you caddied for Hiram Bingham? THAT'S INCREDIBLE!!!

I'm really interested in the trip to Machu Picchu, who is organizing it? Can you give me a link to the web site, if any? Thanks!

Ken McFarland organizes small trips usually but not always with contra dance or english country dancing as part of the activity but a few non-dancers come on his trips. He was the organizer for the Greek Islands and the Tanzania/Kenya trips we took last year and the year before. The Machu Picchu trip isn't on the his web site yet and he often sends advance notice to recent tripsters before he makes them public. I can let you know when I get some details.

Thanks, John. I have been looking for a congenial trip organization, and I am VERY interested in Machu Picchu, which I want to visit soon because I hear it is becoming increasingly restricted. Thanks for this tip, and please keep me informed.

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