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Take A Breath: Hiking Essentials to Conquer High Altitudes

You’ve reached the beautiful state of Colorado and you’re ready to hike your first 14,000- foot summit. You’ve decided on the perfect location for your first hike and your thumbs are sore from countless hours of scrolling through camp guides, trail maps, weather forecasts and destination photographs. 440 more words

November 25 The Crest

“Choose the mountains you want to climb wisely.” Rachel Wolchin

With new folks in town, we decided to head to the Sandia Crest for sunset this evening. 192 more words

Like The Cheesecake Factory

Kanye West introduced me to The Cheesecake Factory. Not literally, of course, but through his  2004 album College Dropout. In School Spirit, he raps “This nigga graduated at the top of my class/ I went to Cheesecake, he was a motherfucking waiter there.” Not familiar with the debut album? 613 more words


Blueberry Oat Bread

Quick breads are so nice to make on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Whether you are having brunch or just want the house to smell delicious, they are a comforting baked treat. 280 more words


Raspberry Chocolate Amy’s Cake

Every once in a while I don’t really feel like baking. I want a decadent dessert that has my personal touch without my actually taking the effort to bake. 157 more words


Welcome to Sugar Street

I started baking as a way to relax and forget about the stresses of life temporarily. There’s something soothing about creating treats for others to enjoy. 250 more words


Travelling to any third world country holds its own challenges for any traveller at the best of times, but attempting to spend a month back packing with two young children under the age of eleven, Abbee, aged ten and James, aged 8, certainly brought challenges of its own. To add further concern to the long growing list of worries was the fact that my son, James, suffers from asthma. So having taken every precaution possible to include a visit to our local GP for help and advice we set off on our adventures. As it turned out my son coped better with the altitude then anyone else! To name but a few of our wonderful experiences were the amazing and incredible ruins at Macchu Picchu, the serentity of Lake Tititcaca and Tequila Island, the excitement of sandboarding in Wackachina, the vastness of the Andes, the participation of rowing the ceremonial reed boats of the reed islands of Uros, the fascination of the Nazca lines and the friendliness of the Peruvians and other nationalities whom we met along our journey. Being a single mother of two, money is obviously an issue and I had been saving for this trip for a good two years. I was fortunate enough to have had a helping hand towards the trip as the Company that I used to work for gave me a gratuity towards my dream adventure (how very nice of them). The choice was to either travel on my own within a group on an organised tour company or to bit the bullet so to speak and do it off our own backs . The money was comparatively the same but the deciding factor was that I would not be able to share the experience with my loved ones. My children have always been well travelled since the age of six months but we had never attempted to back pack ourselves due to working commitments I could never have the extended time required for such a trip. I chose not to do the Inca Trail as I though that this may be a little tough on my children but by way of compensation we did climb Waynapichu which in itself was an hour straight up but well worth it, I didn’t think for one minute that the children and myself would make it all the way up but I am proud to say that we did. On our way to Machu Picchu We saved money by arranging train tickets and outings ourselves and came across lots of great places on the way, whilst looking for the Perurail ticket office in Cusco to purchase our train tickets to Macchu Picchu, we came across a brilliant children's playground with slides that were a high as thirty feet, we got to feed the pet rabbits although there was not a guinea pig in sight, these were obviously saved for the dinner table being a Peruvian national dish, we played on an old steam train and rocked on the oddest seesaws that we have ever seen, needless to say the children had a wonderful time here too! Along our journey we met some lovely people who really could not do enough to help you, in Cusco we met Illage a Peruvian university student who was keen to improve his English and in return he taught the children to make origami frogs, tanks, aeroplanes, you name it he made it. He also came with us on some days out and took us off the beaten track where we experienced some sites which were not heaving with tourists which was very special. He also took us to the local markets where the Peruvians purchase their wares and it was certainly an experience, the wonderful array of fruit and vegetables, bread and cakes, materials and clothes. Certainly different to the usual tourist markets. View over Cusco and Illage. I would not hesitate to advise anyone to travel with their children in the way that we did. I believe travelling with children is certainly a better way to mix in and meet the locals as they are far more innocent than adults and do not seem to have the grown up worries! Having nearly brought the Plaza de Armas to a complete standstill the night we were leaving Cusco will certainly be a night to remember. We were sat in the square taking in the atmosphere for the last time and my children and approximately twenty of the local street selling children were having running, jumping, skipping races all around the fountains. I am sure that as you can see from the smiles on there faces that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time, it was great fun. Had I travelled within an organised tour we would not have had these experiences due to tight schedules, being herded on and off the buses like a herd of Llama’s! Big Smiles All Round We had a fantastic time and the trip proved to be very education also, we visited lots of historic sites, the ice mummies at Arequipa were certainly interesting not only for me but the children found it thoroughly fascinating, although I do find it hard to believe that although the Inca civilisation only died out five hundred years ago they still have a lot of unanswered questions. They do not know why or how the Nazca lines are there for instance. We visited the Catacombs in Lima which James found particularly interesting, boys just love anything gorey! We also saw some stunning painting and architecture which in itself is an education. That was also a concern of mine to make sure that the children did not miss out, so we managed to combine the month long trip into the Easter holidays. So results regarding the altitude sickness was that my son James who is asthmatic actually faired better than the rest of us. He is used to the breath deprevation unlike Abbee and myself! All that worry was completely and thankfully unfounded.

Asthma At High Altitude