THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Little Adventure Part 1 "Getting There"

Once the gardening season was over and all the bear hunters had gone home, it was time for a little adventure. I've always wanted to visit the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru, but Mr. Adams already had travel plans of his own, so I roped Levi into going with me.

I needed him......he speaks Spanish.

The first step was to get to Lima, Peru. That's a journey in itself when you're coming all the way from Alaska.

From there we flew to Cuzco and then hitched a ride on a collectivo van to Ollantaytambo where we spent the night. Early the next morning we caught the train to Aguas Calientes 

The scenery from the train was breathtaking!!!

There are windows in the ceiling so you can see the mountains...they're so steep and tall!

The hostel staff met us at the train and guided us to our room. They knew we were in a hurry because we had tickets to get through the gate for the mountain hike that morning from 9:00-11:00.

After checking into our room we hurried back into town to get in line for the bus up to Machu Picchu. The line was REALLY long!

But it moved along fairly quickly. We met a really nice gal from Argentina named, Maria. She ceremoniously gave Levi 3 coca leaves. Apparently this was a sign of friendship.

If you chew the leaves, or make tea out of them, they are supposed to help with altitude sickness.

Once we were on the bus it took us up to the lost city and we rushed to the gate for the mountain hike....we got there at 9:35! Finally....we could relax and enjoy our trip.

I say relax. Actually, it was quite arduous. We climbed about 1600 stone steps that took us from about 8000 feet to 10,050 feet.

That's a lot of steps.

It was hot.

And I'm really out of shape.

 But we made it....

 All the way to the top!

The view was really quite indescribable.

It was worth every step.


  1. Love this. So happy for you, Lori. And your own private interpreter!

  2. What an amazing trip! And how very special to be able to have your son go with you!