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Waking to Messages!

One of the greatest gifts a mom can receive is her e-mail inbox jammed full with messages from her traveling son, especially when he's been out of touch for many many, many days.  Since Brad began his Annapurna Circuit trek he's only been able to send messages home twice.  Here are a few of the glorious photos he's sent.  These photographs greet me first thing in the morning when I open my e-mail.  Not only do these communications let me know Brad and Yessi are safe, they show me, with their smiles, they are having a good time.  I also get to share vicariously a few of the spectacular sights they are seeing.  Brad returns home Christmas Day.  That's tomorrow!  What a wonderful Christmas Gift!

Yessi & Brad surrounded by the most majestic mountains in the world

Brad and the ubiquitous prayer flags

Brad on a cold, clear and beautiful, mountain-surrounded Nepalese trail

Stacked Stones

Yessi & Brad and the mother of all mountains

Nepalese Village at 3000 m.

Brad & Yessi and those wonderful mountains


Happy Holidays!

Somewhere in Nepal...

The last we heard from Yessi and Brad was December 7.  As they departed Kathmandu to trek the Annapurna Circuit, Brad said he doubted he'd have any way to contact me, and so far he's right.   I'm imagining he and Yessi having a wonderful time as they trek the circuit, noted for being "The Best Trek in the World".    Along the way it is reported they will see forests of rhododendron, mule caravans, charming villages and spectacular views, as well as experience friendly and kind people.

I'm hoping they will avoid snow.  Cold and snow would, of course, make the trek more difficult and hazardous.  October and November are the most popular months to do the trek, so December, hopefully, will be kind to them weather wise, while reducing the number of trekkers.

Map courtesy of Traildino
Doing the trek counter-clockwise is the typical choice because from the east there are many lodges allowing one to shorten each day's trek to allow for acclimatization to the altitude.  Although the circuit is not a technical climb it requires much stamina.  18 to 23 days is the projected time to complete the circuit. Yessi and Brad will need to keep moving which shouldn't be too much of a challenge for Brad with his year of high altitude thru-hiking.  Yessi, on the other hand, has less experience with both trekking and high altitudes.  In order to make connections to their flight back to Hong Kong they are a few days shy of 18. 



Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes step back from war;
elect an honest man; decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen to you

~ Sheenagh Pugh ~


Off to Nepal

Brad has been having a good time in China.  He's been visiting with Yessi's family and friends, sightseeing, getting his teeth fixed, experiencing actupuncture, and even interviewing with a Xiamen architectural firm.  Lots of pictures and more details posted on dbbrad.

But, two days ago, he and Yessi began another adventure.  They are taking first a train...

Hopefully it won't be this crowded.

Then the bullet train...

High speed rail in China.  124 mph, or more

To get back to Hong Kong from Xiamen.  From Hong Kong they will catch a flight on Jet Airways to Kathmandu.

Jet Airways

The flight from Hong Kong to Kathmandu is 8 hours.  When he and Yessi arrive they will get permits and supplies, and hopefully have some time for sightseeing.


Then, off they go to begin their adventure on the Annapurna Circuit.

This spectacular trekking route makes the trek a once in a lifetime experience. 

Putting the miles on...

Just last week we hit 7000 miles on our tandem.  

Farmer's market, Coupeville, summer 2012