I gained a profound respect for wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods. I understand now, in a way I never did before, the colossal scale of the world. I found patience and fortitude that I didn’t know I had. I discovered an America that millions of people scarcely know exists. I made a friend. I came home”

Bill Bryson, p. 274, A Walk in the Wo


particularly relevant when I think about treking in Peru just last week.