Peru … Getting There

Packed & Ready To Go!

Sudoku ... of course!

CDC medication and safety check list … done.

Buckets of sunscreen … check.

Sunscreen clothing … check.

Wide brim hat … check.

Hiking boots … check.

Passport … check.

Plane tickets … check.

Way too much other stuff, too … uh, yeah, maybe.

My day began with a very early morning flight from Sacramento to Houston, then a long layover in Houston.

Stunning clouds!

Look at these cloud formations!

Houston Airport

Wow ... retro!

I arrived to Houston just in time for lunch.


One of the Houston aiport restaurants, Pappadeaux, came highly recommended. That recommendation was so spot on. It was one of the best meals I had on my trip.

I wasn’t super hungry, so I was looking for something really light. I ordered an appetizer of fresh ahi tuna, avocado, mango, and arugula. Served with a light vinaigrette, it was was amazing and exactly what I was hungry for. It was simple, fresh, and delicious.

Ahi Tuna with Avocado, Mango, and Arugula

I savored every last little bite. It really was that good.

Yeah, I know ... wine at lunch ... but I was on vacation!

With my lunch, I enjoyed a local (Texas) Viognier. It was the perfect complement.

This was the most leisurely lunch I’ve had in quite some time and I enjoyed every perfect bite.

To pass the time, I studied a little Spanish … played a little Sudoku … did a lot of people-watching.

I checked in early for my flight and am so glad that I did because this gave me the chance to chat with some of the airline staff and ask for a better seat. I had a terrible seat assignment and was hoping to switch. The flight was completely sold out, so my hopes were quickly dashed. However, good fortune was in my corner that day because one of the connecting flights was terribly late and missed our flight. I’m very sorry for the other travelers, but I was so thrilled because I got to move to a really great seat by the window rather than being in the center seat of the middle of the plane.

Beautiful views on my way to Peru!

Checking progress …

On our way!

Getting closer!

Almost there!

More to follow …

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