We kicked off our time here in Peru with a high-altitude punch of three gargantuan passes over a five-day circuit around the powerful Ausangate peak. On the third day as we embarked up the circuit's daunting Palomani Pass (peaking at over 17,000 feet), we exclaimed the proverb aloud as if to say, "we will make it over this darn pass!" Almost simultaneously, we were overcome with a serendipitous feeling of being so fortunate to experience the pass on that day. As we looked ahead to the multiple false peaks of the pass, we sensed the hanging glacier falling over the black cliffs to our left, the soft lines of the dune-like mountains to our right... and when we stopped to catch our breath, control our heartbeat, or regain our balance, we'd peer backward at a lone red mountain with another mountain's sharp black spires peaking out from behind it. In this sense, the proverb evolved to, "always remember feeling this alive".
Moments that should last a little longer...
Moments that should pass faster...
With still nearly three months to go, our time here in South America seems to be all too quickly coming to an end- family and friends are already here to hike Macchu Picchu this week (which seemed like eons away when it was planned eight months ago), Sarah returns to the USA in a little over a month (July 10), and we've realized we have limited time in Peru and Ecuador to hike a fraction of what we would love to experience. Now that we have arrived in Peru and our time in South America is fleeting, we are reminded to slow down, breathe, and take in each moment we are rewarded on this amazing adventure - this too shall pass.
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