Jason R. Blodgett ’93 and his friend Adam Eby ended a five-day hike of the Inca Trail at the ancient capital of Machu Picchu.
My wife and I recently visited Peru, and like many visitors to that beautiful country, we journeyed into the mountains to make our pilgrimage to the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. While in the city of Cusco, known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, we visited a local watering hole called “Norton Rat’s Tavern” located on the main town square.
The walls and ceiling of the pub were covered with various flags from around the world, including some that represented a variety of sports teams. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to donate my Tiger Rag, and they welcomed the addition.
Why was it important to me to leave this small token of the University that I love so dearly in a city that sits over 11,000 feet above sea level? “…that the Tiger’s roar may echo o’er the mountain heights.”
This summer changed my life. On the heels of my 29th birthday in January 2015, I decided to truly live the last year of my twenties to the fullest. I quit my job in Washington, DC, and spent the rest of 2015 traveling as much of the world as my pockets and time would allow. One of my favorite experiences was backpacking through the beautiful country of Perú with fellow Clemson alumna Soumyer Iyer ’07. We saw everything from the wetlands of the northern Amazon to the deserts of the south. The land, people and food restored in me an even greater spirit of gratitude for life. I couldn’t climb Machu Picchu and NOT represent my Clemson Tigers while showing off my Clemson volleyball vertical (which was much higher when I actually played, haha). Nonetheless, GO TIGERS!
Miles Thomas ’00 carried his lucky Clemson shirt with him on his four day, 26 mile hike to Machu Picchu in Peru. As founder and president of the New Orleans Clemson Club, Miles prides himself on being an orange outpost for the Tigers, a position he gladly maintains while abroad.