Archive for November, 2013


Reader’s Digest Santa Claus

  On a very hot and steamy August day in Houston, my sister and my niece had a Christmas craft planned for our family reunion.  I have this Reader’s Digest Santa made by our Nana… one of my truly prized possessions.  So it was a special treat to sit around the table folding those little […]

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My life is too easy…

  I have this coffee making machine.  I reach for a miniature container of coffee, with “Sumatra” printed on the foil top, place it in the contraption, push a button, and out comes a fabulous cup of dark liquid.  I add a generous helping of heavy cream.  It comes from a bright carton in my […]

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Sharing Horizons

Before we left home, I was thinking about the boot photo… you know… where we put our feet in the picture and capture the view.  I could imagine the photo with Everest in the distance, and a caption popped into my mind.  “Sharing horizons that are new to us”. Once we got there, it became […]

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Return to Lukla

The final day on the trail.  For over two weeks it had been my home.  It was harder than I could have imagined.  Far more gorgeous as well. And after 15 long days, the morning arrived.  We were leaving Monju – where we’d feasted on fresh apple juice from Didi Doma’s orchard, and delicious pumpkin […]

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Kala Patthar Sunrise

The day began with the alarm clock beeping in the dark.  I was relieved.  Sleep in such high altitude had been a bit labored.  And I was excited.  We were going to view the sunrise. A cup of hot chocolate, many layers of down and wool, head lamps… we left our tea house in Gorak […]

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Tea Houses

You might be surprised at what you would label “luxury” after long hours on steep and rocky trails. I give you the term for this… a Nepalese tea house. There were no trucks bringing building supplies to these remote villages.  If it’s there, it came on the back of a man or a yak (or […]

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A Walk in the Himalayas

We could not stop taking photos of the yaks.  We could not stop taking photos of stupas and prayer flags, carved stone Mani walls, beautiful people, Himalayan mountains. Please enjoy this trek with us. Double click the photos until you have them filling your screen… the quality is far better!  Imagine the sound of yak […]

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Day By Day

For 15 days we wound our way through the Himalayas – a fabulous trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp near Gorak Shep, then back to Lukla. We were eight Americans, from both coasts and in between.  Our ages ranged over five decades… a happy band of pilgrims, traveling 80 miles together, and thousands of […]

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Bridges

Well, I promised a report of the bridges, and a report I shall give. What a silly girl I was to be nervous on my first crossing.  Looking back, it was just a short little thing over a tiny stream. At the time, it felt like I was high in the sky, crossing a raging […]

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Namche Bazaar

There is no way to capture the scene with a camera from my tea house bedroom window in Namche Bazaar this morning.  I stood there doing my best to drink it all in, hoping I could describe it with words. When we hiked in the afternoon before, the clouds were rolling in over the village.  […]

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Namaste

  I’ve been so anxious to add this word to my vocabulary.  I’ve known the word only because it’s something people say doing yoga… which I don’t.  But I knew I’d hear it in Nepal. The first two days of this adventure in Kathmandu certainly gave me one beautiful chance after another to receive this […]

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My Tale of Two Cities

For me, there were two gateways to the Himalayas… two cities… two very different cities. The first city was one I never planned to visit.   Well, honestly, perhaps I never thought I would visit either place.  That’s the grand treasure of this world!  Not knowing where we’re headed, and happily happening into one amazing place […]

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