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Peru Preparations

We are getting closer to the time for our Inca Trail hike and have started final preparations.   Getting there may be the most problematic.  I've talked to lots of people whose travel plans via air this year have been cancelled or who have been stranded mid-trip--unable to get to their final destination in time for their excursion. On this trip, we will be flying from Chicago to Dallas to Lima.  Then boarding the next day on a Peruvian puddle jumper (or mountain hopper) to Cusco, where we will acclimate to the 11,152'  elevation for a few days. Once the hike starts, there will be little to do but put one foot in front of the other for about four days.  This will be Julia's first multi-day hike where she will be sleeping on the ground in a tent.  I've been dreaming about my Appalachian trail thru-hike twenty-five years ago.  I guess those are called flashbacks. Peak elevation will be at Dead Woman's Pass (elevation 13,828').  Should be interesting.  Will take a b

Muscatine, Iowa

We have grown to love the little towns of Iowa along the Mississippi River. Muscatine quickly became our favorite. 

This is the town that Mark Twain worked as a young newspaper reporter. 

We camped at another Corps of Engineers campground just north of town.

We spent one day hiking all of the trails at nearby Wildcat Den State Park. No entry fees.

And, of course, there was time for a brewpub. Muscatine has a really good one: Contrary Brewing.

That concludes our Midwest trip through Illinois and Iowa during early May. Our next trip in late May headed weat.



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