Updated: Jan 23, 2022
It is 11:49pm.
I am in the Lima Airport in Peru waiting for another flight to Cusco. My initial flight was schedule to arrive in Cusco at 5:30pm earlier today. Due to weather conditions, the flight was turned around and came back to Lima. The next available flight is at 5am tomorrow morning.
My Spanish is grossly limited. I am stuck in a foreign country with a giant suitcase. And I am going to pull an all-nighter. Which I haven't done since leaving Oklahoma (well over a year ago).
So far, so good- The perks of starting an adventure into the unknown
Sometimes when I get stressed out in these kinds of situations, I just like to remind myself I have accomplished a few "impossible" task.
I wouldn't be lying to admit I am nervous. Not about the airport situation. I am nervous and anxious about life. I set a huge goal: To survive in the Amazon Rainforest for 10 days while researching butterflies.
Who does this shit?! Better yet, who would go along with such idiocrasy?
Let me introduce a new character who will be joining me on this impossible soul searching quest- None other than Miss Jocelyn Flowers herself.
It should come at no surprise that Jocelyn and I met while camping in 2015. We where introduced by our mutual friend named Audrey. Obviously, immediately hit it off.
When I met Jocelyn, she had brought her own raw steak and seasoning salt to a campout but had no way to cook the steak over the fire. Another friend had brought a machete. I had the bright idea to use the flat side of the machete as a skillet to cook Jocelyn's steak. And it worked!
Ever sense that night, Jocelyn and I continued being friends and creating wild adventures. Audrey, Jocelyn and I went to the Grand Canyon in 2017. We all hiked Angel's Landing (Zion National Park) together in 2020. Then they came to Pat's and I's wedding in St. Thomas in 2022, which of course included hiking.
Hiking and camping with friends just creates an unbreakable bond.
Jocelyn and I are both in transition without an income. We are both desperate to march to the beat of our own drum and make money.
I can't wait to see her tomorrow in Cusco, Peru and start brainstorming how we are going to do both.
You got it girl.
Until the next post-