Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Monkeys and mosquitos and snakes... Oh My!

T minus 18 hours and we'll be on a red-eye headed to Lima.

30 hours after that, we'll be in the Amazon Jungle.

HOLY CRAP!

Jim and I have been in full-on last minute travel prep mode for the past couple of days, trying to make sure we have everything we need for the trip and tying up loose ends at home and the office. It's pure craziness in our house right now.

We made (what I thought was) a last trip to REI on Saturday for 100% deet, travel sized TP and other assorted goodies that we had forgot to purchase along the way and combined the outing with a stop at his parent's house to impregnate our clothing with insect repellant. Did you know that permethrin is some seriously toxic stuff? You're not supposed to breathe it or touch it or come into close contact with it while it is in the liquid form. And yet, as soon as the clothes are dry, it's supposed to be totally fine. WTH?! Everyone seems to say that the stuff is safe, so we'll see. Although, at this point, if it'll keep the mosquitos sorta at bay, I'm game.

Sunday was a mad packing day (after a fun morning of walking and brunching with some lovely ladies and one seriously cute baby!) that ended with almost everything packed up in a duffle or backpack. I thought we were about done. Wrong.

Monday night I tossed and turned all night wondering whether we had everything, what the weather was going to be like, etc. While the jungle is going to be hot, humid and rainy (hence, "rainforest"), Cusco is supposed to be cold and rainy. I kept having these visions of us freezing our mosquito-bitten buns off while we're there. So, of course, another trip to REI Tuesday night was in order for some light weight fleece pullovers that could be layered over our shirts and under our jackets and gloves for Jim (as he couldn't find the ones that he swore were somewhere in the apartment).

Tuesday morning, Jim decided that the waterproof camera case I've been bugging him about for months, was in fact, a good idea and we should get one before we leave. And while I was getting ready for work, I realized that I actually did need a hair cut before the trip. Okay, so now Tuesday night is packed with trips to REI and Sammy's Cameras as well as getting my hair cut. Awesome.

It's now Wednesday morning and I can sorta see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm trying to cut out early today so I can finish straightening the apartment and finalize things at home. We're having dinner with his parents and then we head to the airport around 10:30pm. I'm totally excited, but still can't even wrap my head around all of the crazy things we're going to see and do over the next 10 days.

Not sure how much internet access we will have, but lots of fun pictures and recaps when I return! Hope everyone has a Happy Easter and a great end of the month. See ya'll on the flip side!

12 comments:

WeezerMonkey said...

Mr. Monkey has some anti-mosquito shorts that already have the anti-mosquito stuff IN the cloth. It's good for 20 washes!

Yay for underwater camera case!

Winnie said...

Double yay for the underwater camera case! Have lots of fun on this trip and take lots of pictures . . . and of course, be safe :)

events by ricci said...

leavin' on a jet plane...

happy travels!

dapotato said...

wishing you a fun, mosquito-bite-free adventure!

cheers!
[raising can of 100% deet]

alyssa said...

Have a wonderfully safe and incredible adventure! Can't wait for updates and photos!

Kate said...

Be safe be safe be safe.
And take lots of pictures.
And be safe.

Jen said...

You are going to have an amazing time!! Can't wait to hear all about it!! Safe travels!

Leslie said...

Have a great time!

wan-nabe said...

i hope that as i type this, you have not already been half eaten alive by mosquitoes. :)

miss you! hope you're safe and having a wonderful time!

R said...

I hope you're having a kick ass time on your trip. Can't wait to hear about it all when you guys get back!

Diabolina said...

pictures please!!

needing to live vicariously,
D

ssinca said...

I so wish I had purchased some of that gnarly stuff. I think I got 30 mosquitos in 2 days in bali. :/