Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thanks Mary Kay, Linda, and Fran for keeping my blog alive while I was in Peru!

Thanks Mary Kay, Linda, and Fran for keeping my blog alive while I was in Peru.

Mary Kay's post about the role of poetry is her life is beautifully written. As always, I love Fran’s garden writing and think she should write a book about gardening as one ages. Linda has a very interesting post about how the opportunities for publishing have changed over her writing life time.

I haven’t had email access since April 12 so I have come home to the usual deluge of email. Once I get though this mountain of email, I’ll post my thoughts on the pro’s and con’s of group travel.

A suggestion: if you have any desire to go to Machu Picchu and you are in your 50’s or 60’s, don’t wait. I wish I had gone when I was younger and had the stamina to see more of this amazing site. But better late than never!


  1. I look forward to your posts on your trip! Sadly, I've already shot past the age window you recommend, so I'm counting on you!

  2. Karen, I too am eagerly looking forward to your posts about the trip.

    Nance, I don't know how old you are, but when I went to Machu Picchu, I was in my mid 60s and my husband was in his late 60s, and we didn't find it overly strenuous. And in the group we travelled with there was a man in his mid 70s with several serious health issues and a woman in her 70s who was recovering from cancer. They didn't do as much as we did, but they did a lot and greatly enjoyed the trip. Machu Picchu is an amazing site--no photos had prepared me for how awesome it is. If you're in reasonably good health, I don't think age should make you hesitate. The main challenge is the altitude (well over 8000 feet above sea level). But you can pace yourself and go slowly if need be.

  3. Good advice, Juanita. There were people in our group in their late 60's and early 70’s who could handle this trip.

    Sad to say, it was not the case with us.