From a Converstation and a Desire to Trip Planning

“All you’ve got to do is decide to go and the hardest part is over. So go!”               Tony Wheeler, Cofounder – Lonely Planet

On the weekend I went to Strawberry Creek with my girlfriends, Murray volunteered at a local bike race. While at the race, he chatted with a young woman who had just come back from the Galapagos Islands. She told him all about snorkeling with baby seals and how they would play with her by pulling on her fins. When Murray recounted this conversation to me later, I got excited. Really excited!

Years ago, even before I met Murray, I had viewed photos of Machu Picchu and decided that one day I should go there. As this desire sat buried in my heart, I watched as various people went there. And I still hadn’t gone.

This baby seal conversation and the desire to see Machu Picchu then formulated itself into our next trip. We have a concept of the trip, but now comes the investigation into where to go, what to do and when.

I have the easy part – the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. Murray is looking into what there is to see in Peru. We will also look at Bolivia, next door to Peru.

We are in the initial stages of planning a trip that emerged from a conversation about seal pups in the Galapagos Islands and a desire to discover Peru’s Machu Picchu.

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