Reflections on 3 years without a job

This post coincides with my 3 year anniversary of not having a “job”. I wrote about the lead up to quitting my job several years ago. On this very day 3 years ago I took off on a 5 and a half month road trip through North America. That was followed by a few months back home and a 6 and a half month trip in Argentina and Chile. Now I am 4 months into Exploring Peru and Bolivia. When I initially left my job I thought 3 years would be the longest I would be away from traditional employment; things are very different now. I don’t see myself going back to the traditional workforce, unless it’s for enjoyment, or because of a dire financial necessity. I rather work for myself. It’s an unanticipated outcome that has come out of this journey; one that is frankly quite surprising to me. I enjoy work. I loved where I worked, and …

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Salkantay Trek – Day 5 of 5

On my 5th and final day of the Salkantay trek, as I ate breakfast, I heard 3 different land slides. Two behind me and another further back. A few minutes later, I was told about a hiker that had just died a few days prior. She was on the trail I avoided in lieu of the dirt road. I wrote about that decision on my 4th day of this trek. Hearing this news made me incredibly sad. It’s different when you hear about someone that did something dumb and lost their life. When it’s something out of ones control, it’s heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking. The woman basically fell down the cliff as some soil gave out under her. Something like that can happen to anyone. I was told her friend was close by and watched her fall. Here is a link to the article from her home town describing the incident. …

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Salkantay Trek – Day 4 of 5

On day 4 of my Salkantay Trek I woke up at camp which was basically the back of someone’s house. In this shot you can see the house that the family lives in. Behind the sole tree was their kitchen.   The youngest boy of the family was fascinated by my equipment. I showed him my camping stove, my tent, air mattress and water filter. He was super excited and would yell out to his family that I was cooking. While I ate breakfast he told me that they were going to slaughter one of the sheep. Sure enough I got to see a frantic sheep running away from the dad and older brother. Dinner would not be easy… the sheep got away several times. The father experienced at least one fall in the process. It was sort of a comical scene if not for the fact that I knew …

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Salkantay Trek – Day 3 of 5

On day 3 of my Salkantay Trek I woke up and was happy I had taken a shot of the lake the day prior because it was even more overcasts than yesterday. The lake was hardly visible. I ate well, packed up camp, and made my way down slowly. Today would be my most difficult day. I would ascend until I went over the pass. The pass is at 15,190 feet. Then I would drop back into the valley. On my way down from Humantay some of the fog lifted and you could see camp below. From the campsite, one hikes up.   There were lots of little waterfalls and streams throughout. Water would not be an issue to find and filter.  Lunch was had a Salkantaypampa at an altitude of 13,615 feet. There I had some ramen and a cup of coca tea. I sat in a little makeshift …

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Salkantay Trek – Day 2 of 5

On day 2 of my Salkantay trek the weather was overcast and the rain was threatening. For good measure I haphazardly took down camp and made my way to the shelter. I would organize and pack under cover instead of risking getting rained on. The shelter had benches that could seat about 40 people. The shelter is also where I had hung my food the night prior to avoid critters from invading my tent at night. Then it was breakfast time! I heated up some maca porridge with cinnamon, artificial sweetener, and shredded coconut. While I ate some people came through. Two more solo trekkers and two groups. One group was just 2 people and the other was about 16. The guide from the group of 16 offered to have me tail them but I was still munching and enjoying my morning cup of coffee so they left without me. After my …

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