Eastern Machu Picchu

A Few Notes About Machu Picchu


WC was lucky enough to visit Machu Picchu last night. While the place is afflicted with the same kind of industrial tourism that plagues Alaska, the place is astonishing enough that its worth being treated like cattle to see it. You can’t drive to Aguas Calientes, the tourist town at the base of Machu Picchu.…

Stylized Jaguar Drinking Cup, Moche Culture, Larco Museum, Lima

Culture Vulture: Pre-Colombian Pottery


Readers could say, with some justice, that WC needs to learn to focus. But this stuff is pretty amazing. Wednesday WC took a cultural tool of Lima, Peru. The trip included a visit to the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera – a private archaeological museum – in downtown Lima. The pre-Columbian Indians took pottery to…

Hells Canyon, looking downstream.

Idaho River Cruise


This week WC and Mrs. WC took WC’s brother and sister-in-law down Hells Canyon. Just your typical Idaho river cruise. Because we didn’t have much time, we opted for Hells Canyon Adventures‘ jet boats instead of whitewater rafting. After the long, twisty drive along Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon Reservoirs in the upper Hells Canyon,…

Bear Glacier, Stewart-Hyder Access Road, Cassiar Highway

Cruising the Cassiar


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Alaska Highway during World War II with the easiest route possible. The result is an pretty boring drive. WC strongly prefers the Cassiar Highway, which breaks away south from the Alcan just before Watson Lake and runs 450 miles to the Yellowhead, Canada Highway 16, about 150 miles…