The road from Calca, near Pisac in Sacred Valley to Lares is an incredible ride. We traveled it in medium-sized minivan packed with playground equipment destine for a primary school located high in the Andes. We started at elevation 9,000 ft. asl and climbed to a mountain pass at 14,600 ft and then we descended to Lares.
Elevation at the Pass (in Meters) on the Calca-Lares Road
The scenery on or near the pass is spectacular. On the way up, there were herds of Llama and Alpaca. Above us were the jagged peaks of the snow-covered Andes. At about 13,000 ft, we hit the snow line.
Llamas and Alpacas on the Road Create Additional Hazards
The road itself is a 1-1/2 lane partially paved road. Going around corners, our driver would honk his horn, hoping to alert drivers coming the other direction. There are few road guards. And frequently the exposure is intense. All in all it makes for an incredible ride.
The Road of the Andes Is Occasionally Unpaved
The road from the summit eventually reaches the town of Lares, gateway to trekking in the Andes and home of a heavily developed hot springs. Farther down the road, you invade the Peruvian jungle.
Lares Hot Spring in the Andes Moungtains
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There are spectacular views of the snow-covered jagged mountain peaks between Urubamba and Calca. While commuting, I stopped and took a couple of photographs.
Halfway Between Urubamba and Calca
Elderly Gentleman Transporting Crops
Waterfall and Mountains
Waterfall from Inca Canal
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The LDS Church has a very top-down management system. But management’s relations with employees has not always been very Christlike. One example of this phenomenon can be found in the Leonard Arrington archives:
It is normal for an employee to expect occasional expressions of appreciation for his work, and we try to do this for our own employees. But with all the books we have published, and articles, we have never had written or oral communications from Elder [Joseph] Anderson [Executive director of the Church History Department], our Advisors, members of the Quorum of the Twelve, or the First Presidency about them. As if each is fearful of putting something in writing which would later embarrass him. One almost feels that the bureaucracy and the hierarchy fail to use the Gospel in their dealing with their own appointees and, instead, rely on legalistic pronouncements and coercive administrative power. I have never seen a group of people so afraid to do something, so fearful of doing wrong, so terrorized by the possibility of vindictiveness. And this is a Church!
Hopefully, things have improved at the COB.