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Inca Trail: Machu Picchu

  Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world.  Visited by 1.5 million visitors each year, people from all over the world travel great distances by plane, train and then bus to be here.  Many are checking off bucket lists.   During the week before hiking the Inca Trail, we talked to an older couple from Canada who had just returned from their hike.  We asked whether the journey to Machu Picchu had been worth it?  The guy laughed and said that the Inca Trail was amazing but not to fall in love with the idea that Machu Picchu was going to be some kind of climax to the hike.   "It's amazing, don't get me wrong," he said.  "But it doesn't compare to the hike itself."   We didn't really understand until we were standing at Machu Picchu.  In many ways, it wasn't different from the other ruins that we had seen:  just on a grander scale.  It did have a more colorful name.  Machu Picchu translates to "Old Penis." Most people in the U.S

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Why "Brewed Journey?"

“Brewing” is an interesting to me.  The common definition is to prepare a liquid by steeping, infusion, boiling or fermentation.

However, the definition I like the best is..."in the process of forming."  

As applied to people, we are always in the process of forming through the choices we make and our experiences.

Over the years, I’ve worked as a potato picker, newspaper route boy, soybean walker, hay maker, McDonald’s grillman, grocery stocker, assembly line worker, security guard, lawn and garden worker, paralegal, attorney, freelance writer, newspaper reporter, small business owner, and caregiver. 

I have traveled extensively, often by foot, including a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1996.  I’ve been a beer homebrewer for over 30 years.  I home roasted coffee for many years, eventually opening a commercial roastery and coffee shop.  After selling that business,  I continue to roast and brew coffee for the fun of it.

If anyone needs to reach me, I am easily reached through the comments of this blog or via gmail, using the name brewedjourney.








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