How could we come back to the US and not stop for a quick visit with old friends? Traditional Philadelphia, upper-west side Manhattan, and rural New Jersey. Three quick stops followed our visit to Washington, DC.
We lived in Philadelphia for many years and consider it a special place. It’s a city like no other. We lived near Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban park systems in the US. We headed down to a section of the park bordering the Wissahickon Creek for several walks with friends, Debbie, John, and Ann. The park is beautiful no matter the season.
From Manhattan, we hopped on a bus to New Jersey to visit Susie and Tom at their home in the woods. They had joined us for hiking in New Zealand and Spain, and now we began planning our 2016 trip to South America with them.
We spent a few days in front of their wood burning stove and looked out to the trees and pond as we began to piece together a trip to Peru. The outline of the trip fell into place quickly: a week in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, a few weeks in the Sacred Valley, ending with Machu Picchu. The details all remain to be worked out after more research and in future emails, but we made a good start.
When traveling, we usually spend many weeks in a place and take our time. It’s a way of traveling that gives us time to appreciate our surroundings and conserve our energy. The hop, skip, and a jump to visit friends on the East Coast warmed our hearts and exhausted our energy reserves. Next time we’ll stay a little longer in each place.