Way back in 1983, long before the Summer Olympics, we spent a day people watching on Copacabana Beach in Rio, where volleyball is a no-hands affair.
Lake Titicaca, Peru – Photo: Russ Johnson
I gasp, I grunt. Normally, I find climbing a small hill easy. I am not a mountaineer but somewhere in my DNA there are at least couple of strands of mountain goat. I am at 12,500 feet aiming for 13,000 and despite a prophylactic chaw of cocoa leaf presented to me at a welcoming ceremony, my lungs beg for oxygen.
I have just disembarked a boat that had taken me across Lake Titicaca. And yes, there really is a Lake Titicaca, the inland sea in Peru with the name we all giggled about in fourth-grade geography class. I am trudging, with backpack, up a hill on the island of Suasi to a lodge where I will spend the next few days. In comparison to where I have just been, this is starting to look like heaven.
The video works fine on just about any computer, phone or tablet, but If you are one of the lucky ones who have a fast enough internet connection and a 4K monitor or TV set, click on gear icon and select 4K after you enlarge the video to full screen.
Travel arrangements by Ibex Expeditions.
This is a 4K video I shot flying over the Peruvian Andes to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body of water in the world. Also check out Amazon to the Andes: A Day in Peru
Hans Stern – Photo: Russell Johnson
I forgot how it came about, but I was in Rio de Janeiro on a project in 1983 and someone asked me if I would like to meet Hans Stern, the H. Stern whose name occupies the storefronts of designer jewelry stores from Paris, to Las Vegas, to the Middle East to New York’s Fifth Avenue.