I signed up for an adventure and I got it ! I had become bored and complacent with my cushy life in LA. I had writer's block and I knew the only way to cure it, was to get off my lazy butt and do something awe inspiring. And, although I had my trepidations, (I almost ended canceling the trip) I decided to rise to the challenge and ended up going, despite some nasty altitude sickness. Being away from any and all electronic communication was just the start of my writers' block cure.
The cold long hikes in the Andes continued my cure, along with the ever smiling faces of my group's guide, cook and horseman, not to mention the wonderful pack-horses. When we reached the Salkantay Mountain, Carlos gave me a huge hug after I witnessed the aquamarine beauty of the mountain's lagoon. He told me to say a little prayer to lord Apu and I did. From there, it was all downhill, literally and figuratively. I stepped through a natural but surreal a portal into the beginning of the Peruvian rainforest.
Each camp was different and wonderful in its own way. And even though, I was the oldest person in our small group, I was treated with respect and love. I felt like family. As an added bonus, my writers' block disappeared and I look forward to getting back to my writing. But I also know, I can't stop challenging myself. Writers need to live life to the fullest and that's what I intend to do !