Machu Picchu Monday

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. The temperatures have been as high as 115 degrees in Northwest Arizona where we live. Humidity is low, as low as 4% sometimes, so it just feels like a blast furnace rather than the drippy rainforest kinda feeling.

Thanks to the wonders of straw bale & its’ insulating qualities, we’ve managed to be completely comfortable in “the jail” as Yrma calls it.

In Peru, it’s winter and the days are shorter; sometimes nights are cooler and more comfortable as the Winds of St. John blow up from the south.

Here’s a vendor of fresh empanadas in the market town of Pisaq, below Cuzco in the Sacred Valley.

Serving empanadas from a traditional oven, Pisaq, Peru

Links: 6/25/15

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a few links for your perusal:


Peru shoots for $1 billion in coffee exports next year

Why birds hit windows and what you can do to prevent it

Average Coffee prices decline in May

Roasting level alters the nutritional benefits of coffee

Rural roasters can learn to roast coffee online

The French Press: A history and brewing guide

Black bear maulings in Alaska really odd

Rare blue bioluminescent plankton (cool!)

Amazing underwater photographs show Antarctic beauty

Crown Jellyfish (Photo: National Geographic)

Tbt: Old Peru

Thursday already…another look back:

Playa de Herradura, Peru (Photo: Cardcow)



Machu Picchu Monday

We’ve been running hard lately, visiting all of our coffee friends & getting ready to return to Peru. Here’s a look at some weaving in the wonderful market town of Pisaq (Pisac) in the Sacred Valley below Cuzco.

Weaving in Pisaq, Sacred Valley Peru

Tbt: Old Peru

Posted late this week. Had a nice trip to Los Angeles, and some visits with coffee roasting friends. That part was swell, the traffic, not so much.

La Oroya lies high in the Andes, and it’s one of the towns that we pass on the way to the coffee farms. It’s a mining area for various minerals, and has recently been the site of many protests over mine pollution and strikes have blocked the Central Highway several times.

Here’s a look back:

View of La Oroya

Near to La Oroya:

 In the high Andes, La Oroya, Peru



Machu Picchu Monday

Here’s a scene I believe it’s in Ollantaytambo, which is in the Sacred valley on the trek to Machu Picchu.

Walking in the Sacred Valley

Tbt: Old Peru

Another look back. Note the curious spelling…


Torreon de Machupijchu, Cuzco Peru (Photo: Cardcow)

Links: 6/7/17

It’s getting warm here in northwest Arizona, which is typical this time of year. Often, we’re stuck inside as the sun is too hot to hang outside for very long. Time for a nice cold brew!

Meanwhile, here’s something for your summertime sipping pleasure:

National Parks have never been more popular

 This is how Google will collapse

An International trainers’ advice for learning coffee

A breakthrough for solar power in Arizona

Girl stuns Americas Got Talent judges with her mind boggling singing ventriloquism

Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free

Small towns saved by legal marijuana (but what happens when it’s legal everywhere?)

New study says that coffee is good for your liver

Maturing Coffee beans


Machu Picchu Monday

First Monday in June. We’re enjoying the long days, but the daytime temps have recently climbed into the low 100’s & it’s not much fun trying to do stuff outside right now. Mornings are good though, so every day there’s some little project waiting.

Yesterday, in a rare moment of not paying attention to the desert while walking to the garden, I found myself within striking distance of  Mohave Green rattlesnake. He coiled and rattled, and I jumped about 8 feet in a microsecond, heart pumping and a full shot of adrenaline. It was a moment of profound gratitude; it could have easily gone very wrong. My sense of caution is renewed…

Here’s a shot of some folks sitting on a bench to try to give a little perspective to the towering mountains surrounding Machu Picchu. No wonder it wasn’t discovered until 1911…

Sitting on the bench at Machu Picchu.


Tbt: Old Peru

I hope everyone had a good long weekend, and that you remembered why we “celebrate” Memorial Day. Now, onto June; may yours be the best. Here’s another look back:

Central Railroad, Peru Puente da Vitas. (Photo: Cardcow)