For the past 15 years, I worked for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina. It was the best job in the world. I will write about that another day.
Knowing how much I love to travel, CBFSC gave me enough money for a retirement trip to just about anywhere in the world. There was even enough money for Sally to come back to South Carolina! (Just kidding… The gift was very generous! There was enough for us both to return to South Carolina. Thank you, CBFSC!)
I have never had a “Bucket List,” but tend to go where opportunity allows. There is something in the Bible about the Spirit blowing in unexpected directions, so, without really trying, I have travelled to Mauritania, Morocco, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Kenya, Brazil and a dozen other faraway places.
I have also ridden the buses on the backroads of South Carolina, but that also is a tale for another day.
On this Gift Trip, I wanted to go somewhere I had never been. In addition to my wife, Sally, I wanted to take my 12-year-old grandson, Lake, who is at the perfect age to marvel at the wonders of this world. Jenna, his mom, my oldest daughter, decided to go with us. We ended up with a party of four.
I let Lake choose the place (which is consistent with my theme of going where the wind blows). He had a geography teacher this year (a young man formerly in the Peace Corps) that Lake really liked. Lake asked him to suggest five South Americancountries that would be fun to visit. PERU came out on top. The Amazon Rain Forest fascinated Lake, and Machu Picchu is one of the 10 outstanding Wonders of the World, however you configure your list. Lima has a soccer (football) team, and Lake is nuts about soccer/football these days.
We paid our money, and set off on July 9, 2013, for Lima, Peru, South America.
This story will take 10-15 days to tell, so, hang in there.