Thursday, December 17, 2015

Desert In Peru: Zero Is More Than Nothing

When we left Piura and our friendly model airplane hosts to continue south, we were told that on our way through the Peruvian desert to our next stops, Lambayeque and Huanchaco, there would be nothing, more nothing, and then absolutely nothing. But just like zero is a valid mathematical result, a dry desert is a varied multifaceted region. The photos afford a small glimpse.
desert outskirts
Desert domiciles/Wüstenbehausung/Vida en el desierto
desert outskirts
Peru desert
burrowing owls
Burrowing owls/Kanincheneulen/Buhos en Lambayeque

Huanchaco is close to the big city of Trujillo, and there we met with Marco Celi and other members of the Club Aeromodelismo Trujillo. They fly their motorized models off of a soccer field located in the vast areal of a military school. We flew with them several times using an e-powered glider, but we also went slope flying on the coastal bluff near Huanchaco.

We ended up staying almost three weeks, because I got sick with a bacterial infection in my stomach; let’s call it Atahualpa’s revenge (he was the last Inca leader). Luckily, we were camped at Casa Amelia, where I easily could accomplish my frequent and urgent trips to the bathroom, day and night.
desert along Panamericana
desert along Panamericana
desert along Panamericana
Peruvian desert along highway

Casa Amelia deserves a special mentioning here. It is a pleasant and friendly place. Run by Dutch manager Paul, it mainly caters to backpackers who mostly travel in pairs or solo using busses and planes for transportation. Paul also has a big heart for overlanders like we, and he welcomed us wholeheartedly to park/camp at his hostel.

During the 18 days we stayed there, we met many young and adventurous travelers, most of them less than half our age. Interestingly, Marcela was the only Latina. Everyone else was from (in no particular order) Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Australia, Spain and the US.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


I am not the judge. My judgment cannot cause any person to be lost and sent to hell. My judgment cannot send anyone to heaven. My judgment can cause none to be saved.


John 12:44-48 Then Jesus cried out......48 "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.(NKJV)

John 5:22 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,(NKJV)

John 5:26-27 "For as the Father has life Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 "and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man, (NKJV)

All men will be judged by the word of Jesus.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

I am not the judge, however, I believe Jesus when He said, "Those who believe and are baptized will be saved".

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assured, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."(NKJV)

I am not the judge, however, I believe the words of Jesus when He said you must be born again. (Note: Jesus did not tell Nicodemus that he had to be born the first time to enter the kingdom of God, Jesus said he had to be born again.)

John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God(NKJV)

I am not the judge, however, I believe what Jesus told Nicodemus is true. Jesus said "One has to be born of water [immersion in water, as in baptism] and the Spirit in order to enter the kingdom of God.

The words of Jesus are that of the Father, and the words of the apostles are the words that Jesus taught them.

John 14:24-26 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. 25 "These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 27 "But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send you in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.(NKJV)

Acts 2:38 Then, Peter said to them, "Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

I am not the Judge, however, I believe that the apostle Peter was speaking by the authority of Jesus when he said repent and be baptized in order to receive forgiveness from sins, and then you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

I believe the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost that believed, repented, and were baptized were born of water and the Spirit. They were born again.

I am not the judge, however, I believe we will all come before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ and be judged according to His word.