Occasionally on a trip like this, we are at the mercy of the elements. And so it was on the morning of February 7 in the old Inca capital of Cusco when we woke up to pouring rain and a very low ceiling high in the Andes Mountains. No flights were coming in from Lima and that is where our private transport was stationed to come and get us. So our staff arranged for a lecture - in none other than a former chapel on the grounds of our hotel, itself a refurbished monastery. We eventually made it to Easter Island to watch the sunset 2,300 miles out into the eastern Pacific and this is the story of our day.
Barry Lopez gave an interesting talk entitled, "Why We Travel". Some of you may have read Lopez who won a National Book Award for "Of Wolves and Men". I can summarize his lecture by saying that he asked us to share our experiences about this trip. If we do not share them, then the trip is wasted and that sharing our stories and what we learn is the essence of why we are drawn to it. I guess that's what drives me to write this blog while traveling just slightly less than the speed of sound.
Bob Smolik, Barry Lopez, and Richard Harvey, our trip physician.
trachyte. In all my years coming to Easter Island I never knew these domes were here but the scenic flight gave me a great view of some of the hidden treasures here.
emergency landing strip for the space shuttle and over 10,885 feet long.