Day 13 in Peru, Part 1 — Paddle to My Mama!

That's me pointing to our destination.  We just have to paddle across Lake Titicaca!

That’s me pointing to our destination — Amantani. !

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”  — Bradley Whitford

It’s 7 am in the morning and on the docket today are the following adventures:

1. Race through Puno on Peruvian Limos;

2. Boat ride across Lake Titicaca;

3. Kayak to Isle of Tequila;

4. Play soccer with a local high school team; and

5. Party like a Peruvian with our host families in Amantani!

Race through Puno on Peruvian Limos

We load our bags onto these carriages pushed by bikes.  Pretty fun way to travel . . . especially when most people in Peru have a total disregard for traffic laws!  Coffee and imminent death is how I like to start my mornings in a foreign country 🙂

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Peruvian Limos!

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Hope we don’t die!

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Racing through the streets of Puno!

After zipping through narrow streets and avoiding cars we stop off at a local convenience store to pick up some groceries for our host families in Amantani.  And again, like every post I’ve made about Peru . . . behold the views . . .

A small gulf in Puno.

A small gulf in Puno.

Boat Ride Across Lake Titicaca

After we finished at the convenience store we boarded our two level boat.  The senses of summer were alive this morning: the rocking of the vessel, the smell of the lake, the clear blue sky, and acoustic guitar playing the Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” 🙂

Relaxing on a boat . . .

Relaxing on a boat . . .

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A shot of the floating islands. I’ll be writing a separate post on my experience here.

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A shot from my warm nook on the boat.

Kayak to the Isle of Tequile

We reach the launch point of our kayaks for this morning’s physical challenge — two hour kayak across Lake Titicaca!  I LURVE kayaking.  Due to our odd numbers I volunteered to have my own kayak.  It’s going to be tough to keep up with the tandem kayaks but this Spartan is always up for a challenge 🙂

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Greeted by a pig before launching into Lake Titicaca!

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Participating in the kayak races — Team Canada, Team Germany, Team Peru, and Team USA!

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Always ready to pose for a pic!

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That’s my kayak pointing to Bolivia!

After jumping off a cliff in Miraflores, downhill mountain biking in the Andes, and climbing Machu Picchu (and almost dying), sitting in a kayak and paddling was a cake walk!  Feeling my paddle cut through the water, seeing birds fly over head, and hearing the water splash my jacket were sensations that chill me out after some adrenaline infused adventures.

After our almost two hour trek we beached our kayaks on the shores of the Isle of Tequile.  Everyone was exchanging high-fives and kudos for another adventure notched on our belts!  I swear our team gets stronger every day we’re together.

After our lunch at the top of the hill we scored some sweet shots of the views:

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Love the water!

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Overlooking the docks.

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Shot from the top of Tequile!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this day!

MOMENT OF ZEN:  Being one with Mother Nature is an opportunity many of us choose not to take advantage of.  Because of this many of us are not aware of Her health and how to take care of our land.  The below quote was taken from the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba (my hometown).  I recommend that you keep this in mind that next time you see blue skies, yellow sunbeams, and green leaves.

From the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada :)

From the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 🙂

Peace, love, and adventure!

P.S. One more time . . . for that feeling of summer 🙂

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One response to “Day 13 in Peru, Part 1 — Paddle to My Mama!

  1. Pingback: Day 13 in Peru, Part 2 — When in Peru . . . | Holy Jeebus a Travel Blog!·

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