August 6th, 2009

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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