Cusco, Peru

Although we spent one night in Lima, it was a very short sleep before heading back to the airport to fly to Cusco. The city sits near 11,000ft high in the Andes; airport billboards warn travelers (with images of puking gringos) to beware of altitude sickness. Coca tea, which is supposed to help, is abundant. None of us fell ill with altitude sickness, but we were all exhausted from travel, the lack of oxygen, and general excitement.

We left Cusco after one night to explore Machu Picchu and returned; we left again for a day to climb Vinicunca and returned to stay again. While in Cusco, though, we ate amazing food (Gaston's Chicha is fantastic; Bodega 138 has the best pizza; you can get street food - risky, I know - for 3 soles) and found the good beer spots (Cholo's is tucked away up a hill and has quiet, courtyard seating). We even found delicious breakfast (The Meeting Place - a Christian mission-based, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization) with kittehs.

Kids Carpentry Seattle

I was super happy to shoot promotional shots of Kids Carpentry Seattle's website (they're not up yet). Owner Loren Kite's a fantastic guy, and his company is pure gold. A carpentry class for 8-10 year olds - I sure wish that was something that existed when I was a kid.

It's safety first all the way as the kids cut wood with hand miter saws, hand-cranked drills, and old c-clamps. They were making everything from sailboats to pachinko machines. And they were all adorable.