Finally, I'd like to say that I suffer the "Oprah" syndrome. There were times when I was skinny and times, like now, were I could stand to lose some weight....like in these pictures. These were taken back in 2008. Today I'm working on getting myself back into better shape. It's difficult. I love all food and my genes, which stem from the Shire(aka Wisconsin) make me who I am. Slowly I accept these things about myself, but it is a constant battle to keep myself healthy. My people are hobbits and I'm Bilbo Baggins....I left the Shire for adventure. The rest of my family, all 12! AND their many little Shirelings, have remained in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Some call me the Black Sheep, but that has a negative tone to it. My entire family and I have a great relationship. I'm just a guy who wanted heat, sun, and the ability to garden all year round. How does that make me a black sheep? Maybe it's because I like my Mexican food WITHOUT sour cream. I'll never know:) But my point? Peruvian food is divine and I ate a lot of it! I'll be getting into some of the unique dishes in several days.
Here is some useful info on this wonderful lodge. I highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a positive experience outside of the Manu Reserve. Bring your camera because you'll need it!!! There were several Scarlet Macaws that hung out in several of the trees near the lodge. Wildlife is all around you.