I returned to Los Angeles on Sunday after 14 days of hiking, biking and action-adventure in Peru. The trip was organized by ACTIVE South America, and now I know why ACTIVE is in all caps! Starting next Monday, I’ll share all the intimate (and sometimes hair-raising) details in 3 parts: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; exploring the Amazon jungle; and living with the people of the Alto Plano (high plains) of Lake Titicaca, the world’s largest freshwater lake at an altitude of 12,628 feet.
One of the most amazing parts of this trip, however, was meeting the people who signed up for the adventure. All were singulars, and with the exception of myself and SingularCity member, BT, each came to Peru by themselves, totally willing to take the risk of not knowing who else would be on the trip or what kind of challenges they would face in the days ahead.
There was Aydin, an engineer/project manager from Irvine; Melissa, an attorney from Washington D.C.; Brandon a Navy vet from Alabama; and Kat, a production manager for a theater company in Chicago.
Besides being single, the only thing we all had in common was a love for adventure – and in the case of the people I just mentioned – the willingness to take the risk to travel to a “third world” country and spend 14 days with people they’d never met.
I wave the flag for singulars everywhere, but my hat is off to these four individuals who had the courage to take this trip on their own – and thus, were rewarded with new friendships and an experience they will never forget. It reminded me of how important it is to take risks, to venture out of our comfort zones and open our hearts and minds to life. Those are the kind of risks that reap huge rewards.