Day 296: Home Safely in Los Angeles

"Mr. Johnston, my name is Elizabeth and I'm calling from the United States embassy here in Peru to see if you'd like a free flight home to the states for you and your family." The voice said on the other line. "I'm sorry." I said in disbelief. "Who is this?" "I work for the embassy…

Day 282: Adjusting to the New Normal while #stuckinperu

Almost exactly 23 years ago I was making my way from Ecuador to Peru where my friend Pete and I would hike the breathtaking (literally and metaphorically), Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  With a sense of excitement, wonder and bit of trepidation we arrived to the bus station in Guayaquil for our pre-dawn departure to…