Summertime and the living is wonderful in Jackson Hole. With so much to do in my fabulous backyard, I won’t be venturing afar or for long. A wedding in Boston, a few days in Montana, and a return to our favorite ranch in the Rocky Mountains are the only excursions over the next few months. Come autumn and I’ll be off again on some big adventures. In the meantime, I’ll be getting ready.
In early October, I will travel with a group of friends to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. The next month, I head to Andalusia, Spain for a week of food and art on my second Oldways |Culinaria expedition. Time to brush up my language skills by listening to Slow News in Spanish , and binging on telenovelas including “El Tiempo Entre Costuras” , “Las Chicas del Cable” and “La Reina del Sur.”
By the Book
I love reading history and non-fiction about upcoming destinations. My list for Peru includes Hiram Bingham’s Lost City of the Incas, Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams and Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney.
When I am actually “on location,” I love reading fiction that takes place there. Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter seems like a good place to start. Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey is on my shelf as well.
Getting in Shape
Lastly, since we will be hiking in Peru, I am out in our beautiful mountains at least four times a week, building my strength and endurance. I am hopeful that living at 6200 feet means my altitude adjustment will be minimal.
Please share any recommendations or favorite ways you prepare in the comments section below. ¡Muchas Gracias!