Thursday, July 24, 2014


I figured 8 months later 
would be a great time to finish our honeymoon story.
Unfortunately I can't remember the details as well as I would have 
if I had wrote this post back in December when I first started... 
So it will have to be told mostly through pictures.

Day 1
Scared out of my mind we took a very long journey from out pick up
 point in Cusco to the start of the trail

On the way we stopped at the cutest place ever for breakfast- 
but I was so worried I couldn't eat a single thing.

This was our crew for the adventure. We all became pretty close after spending 4 days on the trail.

Days 1-2 and 3 were a lot of the same thing

Hike, hike and hike
Things to know:

 1 -this trail was legit

there wasn't a pretty path with guard rails and signs
it was a hard core workout
On our last day we learned that a woman had fell to her death earlier in the year on the hike
and I recently learned a man died later in the year from a fall as well


2- the air is really thin up there

some people had to stay back from the group because it gets so hard to breathe
we would all push for 15 minutes and then rest 
These bloggers can attest to the hardships of the trail

3- We didn't have to carry our stuff

there were these amazing porters who hauled all the camping supplies and food. 
They would literally RUN down the trail that we are huffin' and puffin' on.
Most of them make this hike several times in the season to earn money for the year.
They would arrive to our campsites before we would, set up everything then cook us crazy delicious meals.


4- we had amazing food

we had 4 meals a day each usually 4 courses. even breakfast
and they accommodated everyone's diets
including my pescetarian ways

5- the bathrooms were the most terrible things on earth

THIS should give you some insight into the bathroom accommodations

6- Tent sleeping was rough

Luckily we were usually so tired from the day that we fell asleep pretty quickly. 
But the tents were small and we had no pillows. 
and it was pretty cold at night. 
Not to mention we smelled terrible after days of no showers and lots of physical activity
The last night was the worst though- a massive storm rolled through.
I could hardly sleep with all the thunder and lightening.

7- along the trail there are the most amazing ruins and views

Unfortunately these pictures can't even come close to showing how beautiful it was 

 The last day we woke up super early and raced to the Sun Gate 
so that we could get this amazing view of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was always the destination of the hike, 
seeing all the (clean) tourist there
who took the train to Machu Picchu
we realized that the journey 
as hard as it was
was the best part of the whole trip
(but isn't that always the case?)

After the hike- we took a long train ride, then bus ride back to our hotel
were we took the best shower of our lives
and slept the best sleep of our lives

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Honeymoon - Part One

It's has been a couple of weeks now...
but I'm dying to relive our honeymoon and figured this was the best way to do so

So we got hitched on a Saturday

then Abbie had to leave for South America that Monday for a tournament in Peru. 
I flew there the following Sunday on a delayed flight to Lima.

We got there so late that we literally paid $100 for a hotel room to sleep for 4 hours
then caught a flight to Cusco

first class!
Where they served us a strange breakfast of chicken breast and quinoa (at 9am)

We landed and took a death cab to our luxury hotel were Abbie and I splurged for the suite. 
We NEVER splurge.
It was great.

While we were waiting for our room to be ready we found the bar and drank the local favorite

If you have never had one... you should.
This was Abbie's first, but my lovely Peruvian sister in law introduced me to this drink a long time ago.

We spend the rest of the day relaxing and adjusting to the altitude.

I did a lousy job at taking photos, but you can check out our hotel HERE.
More tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Best Day of my Life

So much love went into planning our wedding.
It was truly the best day of my life

and Abbie is the best person I have ever known

Need proof?
For our wedding, I folded 1,000 paper cranes
because it is said that if you fold 1,000 cranes then you will have a happy marriage

Moments before walking down the aisle I received a gift from Abbie

It was a blue folded crane
with a note that read
"I thought 1,000 more couldn't hurt"

He secretly folded 1,000 cranes too!
(let the ugly crying begin)

Best Man Ever.