Nepal map:
Sete -> Jumbesi
Apr 14, 2002

These older journal entries were hastily typed in at local cybercafes where I was paying by the minute.  Please excuse grammar mistakes or typos. 


A confidence busing start.  Out the door at 8:30 and I'm not a morning person.  I've got 3300 feet to climb.  At 10,000 feet it's sunshine and flowers.  Walking among the rhododendrons, red and white flowers every boosts my morale.  A bit further up the weather changes dramatically.  It's cold and dark.  There are tiny bits of snow beside the path, but mostly the snow has melted leaving a wet slippery path.  At the top of the pass 12,000 feet, I'm weak and slow.  The way down is a very long hard descent.  It's still dark, but a little less cold.  Great scenery with clouds blowing through the trees.  It reminded me a bit of the hills above Santa Cruz.  Finally, a hike across farmland in a light drizzle before reaching Jumbesi.  A very long hard day. 

I expected to see the same 6 people every day, but now I've come across an expedition, or at least their porters.  The porters are wearing "Sea to Summit" jackets and carrying "Global Expedition" duffels.  As they speak no English and I speak no Nepali, I can't ask who's going where.  It looks as if someone is hiking from the ocean to the top of Everest.  It's been done before, but very cool. 

In other news, upon leaving Indonesia (this last time) I shaved off my goatee.  It's the first time in about 5 years that I've seen my chin.  I decided that I like having a chin again, but the moment I'm in the mountains and want a mountain man beard.  I'd like to pretend it's for warmth, but it's not.  I just think it'll be fun.  One good photo with ice covering the beard and I'll scrape the damn thing off. 

8:30am depart -- .5 hour tea break -- .5 hour lunch - 4pm arrival

casualties: 

left knee, right ankle, map and half the pages of a notebook.  I got rid of the map and the pages from my scratch paper notebook in an attempt to lighten my bag.  Two days ago, I first twisted my ankle.  A momentary pain and then no problem.  Still not a problem, but it's definitely getting weaker.  I've got two bad knees and on today's descent the left one started giving me lots of trouble.  I'll have to take some Advil and see what happens. 


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