Over The Rainbow

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I can't say that I have always dreamed of making the trek to Machu Picchu. I honestly can't say that I would have even had it on my bucket list. Nevertheless, when a friend asked if my wife and I would like to hike the Inca trail with her, we jumped at the opportunity.

Talking with others during our planning, and after the trip, I have been extremely humbled with the number of people that have told me that they have always wanted to go but haven't had the opportunity. Many others have told me their stories from the trail, and I am more grateful than ever to have been able to be a part of this experience.

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, and so as soon as we booked the trip I knew that I had to at least take a decent camera to capture the journey. I seriously debated the decision to take a large DSLR camera (and extra lens) because of the weight. In the end, I am very glad that I did. This set is a collection of pictures taken over several days in Cusco, and four days hiking on the Inca Trail.

While I wanted to get some great shots from the trek, I was determined to not be consumed with the idea of shooting pictures. I think one of our struggles in the age-of-Instagram is to remember that in order to capture the present moment, we have to be in the present. So as I approached a peak, or outlook, or Inca ruin, I paused to appreciate where I was. I paused to give thanks that my journey had brought me to this place. Only then, in full appreciation of the present moment I opened the shutter.

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