Monday, December 20, 2010

Portland, OR. EEUU

Whats up everybody! I miss you all like crazy. I'm saying we start talking about the reunion in Hawaii... This is me in my room on my sleeping bed.
Meet my puppy Toby!
he's an angel.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This is my new puppy Oakley!
We rescued him from Georgia, at a puppy adoption day!

My pack is still on the floor.. missing you all and
Merry Christmas!
Love Natals

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

meeeeehh room


i would just like to say that im glad to be home, heres a picture of my messy room. its not a great picture of my face but hey the picture below explains why i feel that way.
great to be home and sledding, but that still dosnt make 5 degrees any warmer!
miss you guys! happy holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010


Last Blog...
We've come to the end of the road and it's been quite a journey! Hopefully you all are catching some much needed rest and relaxation. We hope the transition into USA proper is going smoothly and gently. Go easy on yourself and take the occasional nap!
It looks like this:

May you live what you've learned and learn to live! You all have impressed so many people, including Andy and I, along this journey with your strength, maturity, zest for all parts of the program, and desire for something better, deeper, and lovelier than has been imagined ever before.
Blessings! Happy Holidays!
Jessica and Andy

Missing you!!

we love carpe diem, post your room pictures!

Last Batch of photos...

So you want to scroll from the bottom up... We last left off with photos from Lake Titicaca to the end of the road.

Last Group Photo at the airport in Cusco, love you all!

Ah the glories of no-shave November!

Coming Down!

Flying high!

The Nut...

Cave adventures with Emma and Anna!

The Condor from Huanapichu

Andy Bemis!

We made it!!! Beautiful, magical Machu Piccu!

Great View looking at Machu Piccu from another mountain

Beautiful orchids lined the path.

Huge rains flooded the trail the next day...

Our very supportive staff and willing hikers...

Ah, beautiful!

Taking the horse...

High pass was no problem with our experience in Huaraz

Yoga quarterly...

Lake Titicacca in the traditional dress of the people of Llachon

Sunset on Lake Titicaca

I don't know what this sign says...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Austins take control

Namaste Bros,

We have just finished a four day yoga and meditation retreat in the Sacred Valley. We started every day bright and early with a nice relaxing meditation, followed by an hour and a half of broga (also known as "yoga" to all you normal people). After a dank breakfast of dank foods, including homemade yoghurt, quinua, and fresh fruit, we did our 45 minutes of daily seva (chores done with love <3), which was usually followed by a lesson or workshop. We learned sick things such as Reiki (energy healing), Pranayama (life breathing techniques), Vedic Astrology (it was a shock to find out we weren´t all the sign we had always though we were!), Chakras (the seven main energy points in the body), Yoga Philosophy, Mantra Meditation, and many more of life enhancing lessons. After these two hour lessons or workshops it was usually time for lunch, one of the best times of day. The food was all vegetarian and all delicious. Even us boys didn´t have a single longing for meat the whole time!!!!!! After a well-needed rest, we resumed work-shopping and yogaing, with another two hour class before dinner. We were lucky enough to be staying at the beautiful retreat with a wonderful family who was always willing to share their wisdom. Saranagati, the wife, is from New Mexico, so it was nice to have another American spirit around. Chaitanya, her husband, is a native Peruana, and the two of then combined taught us a shit load about yoga, meditation, homeopathy, and lots of other cool stuff. Despite being really sore, we all had an amazing time, learned a ton, can all do shoulder stands, warrior 1 and 2, bridge pose, and many more cool poses. We also learned that it is possible to sit in silence for a whole hour! Now we´re back in Cuzco for a few hours of sleep before we set off on our Machu Picchu trek at 4 am. We will see you all soon!

Austin squared

Saturday, November 27, 2010

We're back!

Greetings family and friends,
We're now back in Cuzco until tomorrow morning, after 4 wonderful/interesting days at Lake Titicaca. The 24th, we left Cuzco by way of a private van, 13 smiling, healthy (note: healthy is a crucial word here) gringos and one native driver off to see the highest navigable lake in el mundo. As the hours in the van turned into extreme hunger, our driver, who led us to believe he was our friend, suggested a stop for some delicious roadside baby sheep n' taters. Unfortunately, for one member of the group, (Jim doesn't want to name names, for some reason [because it was him]), a tainted potatoe found its way into his plastic bag of baby sheep n' taters. The ambush on Jim's health was well under way by the time he suspected foul play. The drive to Lake Titicaca was otherwise uneventful, and we arrived at this gorgeous lake in the late afternoon. The group lay down to rest that seemingly fine evening, when all hell broke loose. When the group congregated for breakfast on the fine Day of Thanks (AKA Thanksgiving), three soldiers were found wounded. The sickness had struck. In any case, the group still managed a fantastic day of exploring near Llachon, our homestay community, including nearby island Taquile. Although soldiers were falling by the minute, the group came together to cook a dank Thanksgiving dinner of salad, guacamole, fruit salad, chicken with pear sauce (thanks mom), sweet potato with marshmallow, mashed potatoes, and apple pie crumble. Although it was strange for a lot of people to be away from home on Thanksgiving, we had a great time sharing our appreciations and delicious foods.

The next day, Friday, we travelled by boat and kayak to a floating island, Uros Titino Manco Capac. It was an amazing cultural experience, to see several families living on a floating island somewhere in the vicinity of 30 by 30 feet. After learning about the island and their culture and perusing handmade crafts, we departed for Llachon once more. Back at the community, we tried on local clothing and shared many wonderful memories. After another night, we said our goodbyes, met our "friend", the driver, and made way for Cuzco. After a solid 8 hours, we made it back here. This blog would have been way better if we weren't exhausted...lo siento mucho, amigos. Pictures tomorrow maybe?

Hasta luego,
The Mainahs

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Everybody Loves Photos! (More cowbell!!!)

FairPlay Spanish School in Cusco, Peru

Payaya TIME! In the Jungle at Robin´s Farm!!!

Jungle Walk around Camino Verde protected forest.

Your friendly neighborhood white caiman.

Salt Lick by ¨The Gator¨

Hiking out of the jungle was mighty hard work! Pina break!

Riding around in Puerto Maldonado...

Lake Sandoval

Ma and Pa Kettle

The ¨80 meter¨Black Caiman!!

Lobos del Rio!!!

Playing Dress up at llanchon, Lago Titicaca