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John’s Big Adventure

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Gary and me

Gary and me

There are so many aspects of this adventure, it is difficult for me to choose where to start. I can say that it more than lived up to everything I was told before the journey and it exceeded my dreams of what I hoped it would be. However, it was not without some surprises and opportunities for me to check my preconceived notions. It was, for me, a monumental amount of travel, with airport layovers, long flights, foreign cities, visas, customs, baggage claims and half a world’s worth of time-zone navigating.

Yesterday, I managed some of my reorienting tasks, but not all. I made it through the day without the nap, but something tells me the lag portion of jet-lag will kick in somewhere in the afternoon of day two.

This trip was an adventure of group travel, in which I hit the jackpot and landed a fantastic group of people who quickly became friends. I was faced with a challenge of physical limitations of my lungs, which despite my prescribed inhalers to calm and expand my airways, became irritated, forced me to break from the group and itinerary, and provided a souvenir cough that lingers still.

It was quite an exercise for my limited linguistic skills, although my brief introductory lesson on Nepali during the 18+ hour plane flight with Rosemary Jeffrey proved useful as an indicator of at least my willingness to semi-seriously try, and won some smiles from our hosts. The culture shock of rustic living and  primitive conditions allowed me many opportunities to think about my hygiene practices and come to an understanding of theirs. I count myself lucky to have avoided any inconvenience of gastro-intestinal disturbances, while those around me dealt with a variety of issues.

On one hand, it feels to me as if this trip to trek in the Khumbu Valley of the Himalayan Mountains is no big thing and I am just one of many who can now claim they have been there and done that. But as evidenced by the many friends who are following my trip with interest, there are still many more people in this part of the world who have not come close to such an adventure. For those people, I will happily share my accounts of the things I experienced. I’m not one of the many who have done it with a fancy camera and multiple lenses and do regret that I didn’t capture better images of my experiences. It was a monumental expedition for me and since I allowed myself to be so limited of camera capabilities, I will all the more need to rely on my story telling.

I intend to do just that, in the days to come. I hope you will continue to follow along. All in all, it was a fantastic big adventure.

Written by johnwhays

April 23, 2009 at 6:30 am

Posted in Himalayan Trek

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  1. Thank you, Marilyn, for visiting “Relative Something” and also for the compliment regarding your first impression! It is a labor of love.

    I don’t have any specific novel suggestions, but in 2009, I checked with Ed and Deanna Newman for their advice as they had taken Jim’s trek the time before me.

    They loaned me Peter Matthiessen’s “The Snow Leopard” which paints a quite a picture of the region…


    October 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  2. Hi John … Thank you SO much for doing this blog. I’ve only read the first entry and I’m so happy that it’s here to read. My first impression: What a good writer!

    Looking for an historical fiction novel set in Nepal to read … any suggestions?

    Marilyn Nelson

    October 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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