Sunday, April 13, 2014
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Thank-you Boots!
One very fond memory of the hike:
On the second night, I was concerned about being cold, because we were up so high, and I had only my lightweight down bag. I was also concerned about the foot of my sleeping bag getting wet if it touched the condensation on the inside of the tent. In preparation for sleep, I wore a few extra layers, and then had what I thought was a brilliant idea. I put the foot of my sleeping bag into a large plastic bag to protect against the moisture, and to keep in the warmth.
If you're smarter than me you will have already realized what happened. When I awoke in the morning, I was feeling snug and perhaps a little smug with my cosy sleep. Then I got out of my sleeping bag to start packing up. The strict rule was that you had to be packed up before you could have breakfast to give the porters time to get the tents down ready to move on to the next campsite. Horror of horrors! The foot of my sleeping bag was soaking wet! Of course the warmth of my feet had caused condensation to collect on the inside of the plastic bag.
I stepped outside the tent to try to figure out how to pack my sleeping bag without spreading the wet through the whole bag. A porter was standing outside ready to take the tent down and looked at me with concern. I said "Tengo una problema grande." He took the sleeping bag from me, telling me not to worry, that he would solve the problem. I ate my breakfast, and as soon as I emerged from the dining tent, he presented me with a warm, dry sleeping bag. I can only imagine that he must have held it over the cooking stove to dry it. I will be forever grateful for his help.