How precious it is to have a buddy who loves to do the same things that I love to do. Marianne and I have been good friends for over twenty years. We have been on several small trips, but this is the first time that we have taken a major trip together.
Our friend Susan is an important member of our adventuresome trio. She and Marianne have been on safari in Africa and travelled to London and Paris together. Twenty-five years ago, Susan and I tackled the West Coast Trail twice, and then the northern section of the Pacific Crest Trail. This trip to Peru was to be our first major trip together. To have friends who enjoy outdoor adventure, and are also fun to be with is such a huge blessing. We share our deepest secrets together, and have been through some our greatest sorrows and joys together. I am grateful to call them both my friends.
We arrived in Lima at midnight, and by the time we collected our bags and got to the hotel, it was 2am. Our driver, Jose, was there to meet us, and drove us through a very poor neighbourhood before arriving at a beautiful stretch of beach. Our hotel is in the Milaflores area of Lima, and although this is considered one of the nicer parts of the city, our room is right on the highway. We were grateful to finally drop into our beds after a full almost 19 hours of travelling, but it was like trying to sleep in the middle of the freeway! Clearly I need to develop the art of sleeping with earplugs!