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CHAPTER ONE



11,000 feet!


It didn’t sound like much until Craig realized it was more than two miles up. That would be the altitude of their first destination, Cusco, Peru, his wife Erin told him on the way to the airport. Craig had some experience with altitude having done some parachute jumping while in the army, but never more than about 3,000 feet. Erin went on to say that Cusco, a city nestled in the Peruvian Andes, was only their initial destination.

She warned him that he might need a little time to acclimatize and may even need some help from a small oxygen tank. She told him that many travelers found the local coca tea helped their bodies adapt to the thinner atmosphere. The curious look on his face caused her to giggle as she explained that the tea contained a small amount of the narcotic. Their final destination, Machu Picchu, was only about 8,000 feet above sea level and, she promised, would be easier to endure.

The seatbelt sign winked off and Craig turned to his wife to see if she wanted anything to drink. Erin’s head was already leaning against the cabin wall and her shallow, even breathing told him she was already asleep. Laughing to himself, he acknowledged she had only two modes, working furiously or sleeping so soundly it was nearly impossible to wake her. The steward repeated his offer for something to drink and Craig decided to let Erin rest.

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