Monday, November 1, 2010

On the Train to Machu Picchu

On the third day of the Mission Presidents' Seminar, we went to Machu Picchu. Our group was large enough to take two cars on the Vista Dome. We thoroughly enjoyed the seating arrangement. On the trip to Machu Picchu we had a delightful visit with Barbra and Lynn Brasher. Barbra is the Area psychologist. We think she is way too busy!

The Area presidency gave us all safari hats which would have protected us from the sun had their been sun. As it was, we also had to wear our pastel plastic ponchos to stay dry throughout the day. The rain didn't dampen our spirits, though. The views from the Vista Dome were breathtaking.

The train followed the Urubamba Valley. For a while we were above it. The tracks were re-routed after the heavy flooding that closed the RR and Machu Picchu in March. At times the tracks hugged what little ground was left between the river and the sheer cliffs.

The terracing is considered pre Inca, but the Inca used the terracing for their own agricultural purposes.

Do you get the feeling from this picture that we are slicing through the undergrowth and rocky mountains?

On the return trip we were treated to a fashion show. One of the sunset colored, alpaca chalinas or neck scarves just got my heart and almost got my wallet. Then I came to my senses and realized a $150.00 neck scarf was a bit expensive. Alas!

The mens' colorful and patterned alpaca sweaters stole the show. This steward must have modeled a half dozen, beautifully patterned, alpaca sweaters. Some were not so masculine that a woman would not consider wearing one. I liked all of them...for Dad, but I couldn't convince him to buy one.

This shot and the next one were taken from the bus as we made the climb--several switchbacks-- from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

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