March 31, 2014 by mamie
Completed Date: 1/5/14
Medium: soft pastel/mixed media
Description: My trip to Peru two summers ago on a Girl Scout Destination with Global Explorers was by far the most meaningful experience of my life. The applying, saving money, planning, leaving, meeting people, learning so much history, hiking the Andes, seeing Machu Picchu… ALL of it was absolutely incredible.
Much of it was very challenging because it was my first time out of the country and also my first time on an adventure of my own. The most challenging part of the whole trip, though, was the four-day backpacking trip through the Lares Trail. I consider myself a healthy, active person, but coming from a fairly flat, low altitude, I had no idea how difficult it would be for me to hike on such a steep terrain that was about 12,000-13,000 feet high. Goodness! After a while, I thought one of the donkeys would have to make the struggle of lagging me along on his back! Every three minutes of my hike, I had to take a break to catch my breath over and over again. I thought I could never make it.
Still, with much support from my friends, on the second day I made it all the way to the cloudy oasis at the peak of the trek.
The reason I wanted to honor one of my friends, our tour guide Jefferson, with this painting was because along the way, he taught me that walking at a brisk pace wasn’t necessarily the best way to see the Andes Mountains or the best way to go through life. Stopping every once in a while to smell the orchids or to enjoy the view helps in appreciating life and all its beauties. Gracias, Jefferson!