Afterquakes. (Nepal Journal 9).

Afterquakes. (Nepal Journal 9).

This concludes the Nepal series. See more in "Tips for Trekking" if you want general ideas for trekking in Nepal and/or helping on various volunteer projects in the near future! April 27 (Sarah) Last night we slept in someone’s garden of cabbages. The dirt was soft under a borrowed tarp. Much better than a creaky old guest lodge on the 2nd floor. Every footstep is a tremor. A dog started barking above our heads and there were no rocks to throw. Jen felt another aftershock in the field. I slept surprisingly heavy so…continue reading →
I Remember Walking By You. (By Jennifer Lee Thompson).

I Remember Walking By You. (By Jennifer Lee Thompson).

Jennifer Lee Thompson graciously allowed me to share her poem on my blog. The world needs more Jennifer poems. I Remember Walking by You 5-11-15 I remember well walking into Samagaun after the “real” gradual flat of sandy plain guarded, precious yak field of rock surrounds… women carry cut trees in baskets, baby yaks outside the wall, we walk by bulls past the soccer game and school girls not in uniform, laughing together and holding on. The woman in her rough, gray dress, old apron a custom before the colorful stripped ones. Hair…continue reading →
That Earthquake Story. (Nepal Journal 8).

That Earthquake Story. (Nepal Journal 8).

Note: This is that earthquake story. I've been asked many times to tell it out loud. But that storytelling doesn't seem to do it justice. I don't want an ultra abbreviated account of such an intense event. Here are takes from both myself and Ryan, as taken from our journal entries. Again--apologies for the weird tense changes...but we kept it as written from our journals (for the most part). April 23 (Ryan) Woke up early and received confirmation that I was officially hired as a permanent park ranger at Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. It…continue reading →
Snow Crash

Snow Crash

I first read this book roughly five years ago. Reality is tough & I decided re-reading this book would be an excellent excuse for escape. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash starts in a manic frenzy as Hiro Protagonist speeds to make a pizza delivery for The Mafia. The Mafia control CosaNostra Pizza and pizza delivery is a life and death business. All of America is privately owned and the streets are lined with religious franchises like "Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates" and community franchises like "Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong." The Mafia…continue reading →
Tips for Trekking in Nepal

Tips for Trekking in Nepal

I know this is not a financial/physical possibility for many of you right now, but I've had a few people ask...so here you go... If you are planning to trek in Nepal, here are a few tips that we found helpful. Obviously things are a bit different in Nepal at the moment. Some trekking areas are still closed due to extensive damage to trails and villages. But other areas are safe and open for trekking. Nepal needs your economic support more now than ever. Now that fewer planes are arriving with aid workers…continue reading →
The Czech Guy, Yak Shit, (Almost) Tibet and Crossing Larkya La Pass (Nepal Journal 7)

The Czech Guy, Yak Shit, (Almost) Tibet and Crossing Larkya La Pass (Nepal Journal 7)

I'm not even pretending to write any of the Nepali names correctly, because there are no apparent "correct" spellings. If there are--apologies for that, but the map, guide book, and Nepalis all spelled things differently...so...My variations are the spellings I chose in my journal entries as close to "correct" as possible. Hence the weird name changes. Apologies for tense changes as well, since again--this was written AS written in my journals (with minor adjustments for clarity). Samdo (12,700 ft). April 20. Short three hour walk today that was actually "gradual flat. Not too…continue reading →
A Most Glorious Hill. (Nepal Journal 6)

A Most Glorious Hill. (Nepal Journal 6)

Long gap in posting...no good excuses other than "summer." This starts with Ryan's perspective as we have an acclimatization day in Sama Goan. And ends with my passage from the same day. One of our favorite times from the entire trip! April 16 Ah, what a difference a day makes. Sarah woke up feeling much stronger. She had one and a half chapatti at breakfast and a bowl of soup at lunch. She felt strong enough to double down on today’s walking. We covered from Ghap to Lho with lunch in Namgung. 8…continue reading →