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    Some stills...









    Gorgeous place. Mara’s a pro.
    Never give up on your silly, silly dreams.

    You mustn't be afraid to dream a little BIGGER, darling.

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    the sequel video is... beyond words. Thank YOU!

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    Hello, Folks: fully aware of the many truly important things being discussed on the forum, I did think I might share these two photos, from a two-day trip I did returning to Quitahuayco on Monday-Tuesday.

    These landscapes were straight out of the camera; the only thing I did was stitch together the panoramas. I claim no credit... the light was fantastic. That little brown speck you see in the middle of the second one is Mara, admiring the spectacular view.

    The images are high resolution, compacted automatically to fit on the page. Do enlarge them to take a good look round. Enjoy.



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    Ahaa - I wondered if your absence was due to another adventure high up somewhere. You slept in a bivvy? Any sightings of wild beasties? Lovely pictures as always, and glad you’re home safe 😀
    The love you withhold is the pain that you carry
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    Every single time I see Mara, queen of the world, looking around it brings a huge smile to my face.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    Quote Posted by avid (here)
    Ahaa - I wondered if your absence was due to another adventure high up somewhere. You slept in a bivvy? Any sightings of wild beasties? Lovely pictures as always, and glad you’re home safe 😀
    Yes, here's the bivvy — I was all warm and cozy tucked into the very tiny one-man tent on the left, while I improvised a five-star shelter for Mara, complete with a comfy grassy nest, where you can zoom in and see her tucking into her meaty bones for dinner. (Another high-resolution photo: do enlarge it to see it all.)

    My concern, and reason for her shelter, was that the weather would be stormy, wet and cold overnight, and we were very high. But it was actually clear, calm, and starry, with meteors all around. She and I were both really fine.



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    That Mara is ready to reincarnate into a human being (a nice one). Ascension for the dogs

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    Quote Posted by Flash (here)
    That Mara is ready to reincarnate into a human being ....
    Are you kidding me? I want to reincarnate as Mara!!!


    I am enlightened, ............ Oh wait. That's just the police shining their spotlights on me.

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    Quote Posted by Flash (here)
    That Mara is ready to reincarnate into a human being (a nice one). Ascension for the dogs
    I think ascending into Mara's situation would be the greater blessing. Ah, the life of a well loved dog.

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    Just a minor thinking-aloud update here. The rainy season has now kicked in two months early here (go figure!), but there are still a few intermittent good days. After our expedition to the Haunted Lakes, where Mara got so freaked out by something quite invisible, and I got VERY uncharacteristically confused about my navigation for a short while, I'd returned to my vehicle thinking: "Well, I'm not going back THERE again."

    Of course, strong thoughts like that do tend to wear off over time. I'm now considering a return trip, this time camping overnight to offer a chance to investigate (and experience) further. That would allow plenty of time at that same little lake where Mara was on high alert, both in the afternoon and at night. I think it'd promise to be both very interesting and worthwhile.

    It may be unsettling (for us both!), but I can't imagine any physical danger. (However, I've not yet shared the new plan with Mara. )

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    Please noooo, you are being prompted, teased, tempted. Surely you don’t want to terrify Mara again. Pleeeease don’t go, there is obviously an anomalous ‘interference’ there. Why tempt fate? The Sirens of curiosity are not necessarily the bravest decisions. This place has been noted for its unusual events, we don’t want to lose you to some stupid personal challenge.
    Be sensible on this issue, especially for Mara’s sake.
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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    Just a minor thinking-aloud update here. The rainy season has now kicked in two months early here (go figure!), but there are still a few intermittent good days. After our expedition to the Haunted Lakes, where Mara got so freaked out by something quite invisible, and I got VERY uncharacteristically confused about my navigation for a short while, I'd returned to my vehicle thinking: "Well, I'm not going back THERE again."

    Of course, strong thoughts like that do tend to wear off over time. I'm now considering a return trip, this time camping overnight to offer a chance to investigate (and experience) further. That would allow plenty of time at that same little lake where Mara was on high alert, both in the afternoon and at night. I think it'd promise to be both very interesting and worthwhile.

    It may be unsettling (for us both!), but I can't imagine any physical danger. (However, I've not yet shared the new plan with Mara. )
    The danger may not be physical, but may have an impact on the physical. And you know this quite well yourself, just a reminder here.

    Personnally, I would not go, I have learned through life that for some things, I would have been better off never learning about them, they brought zero evolution to me, on the contrary, they draw me backwards. So much else to do.

    You are an adventurer, liking the challenges, of course the desire will be there. Will you comply with it, or do you have to?

    I would never do something like that alone, I would have someone else AND Mara, I would have at all time an satellite beacon with me, on automatic (and if possible without needs for batteries since they can flatten out in no time), and yet, I would not do it

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    Bill you are an adventurer. I am happy you closely follow your intuition AND critical thinking.
    When reading your post, I was reminded of what I was once told "You wanted to touch the stove to see if it is really hot."

    I would want opinions about the previous experience from the best intuitives I knew.
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    Quote Posted by Ron Mauer Sr (here)
    When reading your post, I was reminded of what I was once told "You wanted to touch the stove to see if it is really hot."
    No, I never said that! Here's what I did say:
    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    Believing that Blue Avians are real isn't the same as believing I'll burn my fingers if I accidentally touch the hot stove.
    That's rather different. What that means is that I don't have to touch the stove to see if it's hot. I already have a very strong belief about that, that's founded on good evidence.

    @avid, Flash, I do appreciate your concerns. Maybe we should start a poll. The options might be
    1. For goodness sake, don't go.
    2. For goodness sake, DO go.
    3. Go if you must, but please don't camp overnight.
    4. Go, but stay tuned all the time and don't come back without a fun video.
    5. Go, but only with a partner, a transponder, and at least one other big dog.

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    I'd say #4, but make sure you have better shoes, and some meals for Mara.

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    1 - don’t go
    The love you withhold is the pain that you carry
    and er..
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    Quote Posted by avid (here)
    1 - don’t go
    I think that if we ever think we will ever stop Bill Ryan to do anything for a challenge and out or curiosity (even if somewhat morbid lol), we are dreaming in colors.

    So, my answer would be, remaining realistic:

    Go, but only with a partner, a transponder, and at least one other big dog

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    No no no - I have a bad feeling about this, ‘pride comes before a fall’ does not encompass what I mean, or feel.
    However, whatever Bill decides.... I pray fervently both he and his loyal Mara will keep safe.
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    Hi Bill, for what it's worth, I feel both you and Mara will be just fine going back. Just my feeling.

    I think whatever dangers you may face on your journey will weigh on you far less in the future than not going at all. Seems to me you're being called back to that location. I'd go!

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