In May, one of my dearest friends mentioned that she was thinking about taking an adventure to Nepal in November. "Cool!", I said and added, "Isn't that where the Dali Lama lived?" (No, that would be Tibet.) So, Nepal...Tibet. What's the big difference, anyway? A LOT, as I have learned over the last few months and as my geography has improved. So how & why did Marilyn select Nepal? Doesn't Portugal sound like more fun?
The brother of one of the "Ladies" does trek tours in Nepal and happened to mention to his sister that she & some of her friends might be interested in a real adventure for a change. Try 18 days in Nepal, roughing it. Now a trip to Nepal, unless you are just going to the capital, Kathmandu, gives new meaning to roughing it. Everything you take must fit into a 30lb backpack and a daypack. TWO ITEMS of LUGGAGE!!! OMG! I have that much stuff as carry-on when I fly. (Notice my name is not on the list of Nepal trekkers. I think my sister's purse weighs almost 30lbs.) You must be in good physical condition considering the walking and increases in altitude. This is not hiking on the Applachian Trail; that would be considered a stroll in the woods. Four "Ladies" signed on for the adventure of a lifetime (ages 64-70) and thus began the planning.
The first thing on the agenda was inoculations. There were twenty in all. When a Polio vaccination is required to travel into a country, that should give you an idea of the living conditions. Still our "Ladies" were not deterred. Visas & passports are required. Food will consist of teas and daal. Some teas are make from Yak butter, "butter tea".
Daal is a mixture of lentils and rice, which is eaten with your hands. Utensils are not acceptable in these outlying villages. I gave Marilyn 200 hand wipes that can be used twice. Once for cleaning your hands/face and again for wiping "another" area. All trash must be burned or carried back to Kathmandu for disposal.
Another requirement was that all participants in this group be willing to improve sanitation conditions by constructing a latrine in Chupar. OY!!
Even though this was not the adventure for me, spoiled princess that I am, I was fascinated and determined to learn more about this country where my friend would be visiting. The first thing was to find a book. Sounds rather easy. Just get online; go to a bookstore or to the library. How many books have been published about Nepal? Not many. When asking for assistance, it was suggested that I read about Tibet. Sorry, I know the difference now! My first book was my favorite and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. LITTLE PRINCES, by Conor Grennan Next was the most obvious, good ol' Internet. The two most interesting are the links below:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal
Do not miss this short video on bus travel in Nepal.
Travel details: How far is it from the Charlotte, NC airport to the Kathmandu, Nepal airport? about 8,012 miles. The journey takes 34 hours. Outbound will do a 14hr layover in Qatar and return will do a 14hr layover in Delhi, India. Exotic, absolutely.
The following images are from:
Clouds and peaks, Temang, Nepal by Richard I'Anson
Buddhist Temple, Nepal by Carol PolichBodhnath Stupa in mist, Nepal by Richard I'Anson
Annapurna South and Hiunchuli, Nepal by Richard I'Anson
Kumari festival, Nepal by Jane Sweeney
From the guide, John, is the following description of their adventure in Nepal. The group will be traveling from the Helambu Region to the Tamang Village of Chupar. Ascents will start at 4,200' and range upwards to 12,000'. I am thinking oxygen?? cold??
Our journey will be a trek through the beautiful Helambu region of
project to improve sanitation in a rural hill village. We will head out of
classical 10-day trek that will take us through the heart of Helambu, the home of the Tamang
and Sherpa people, known for its lush rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, waterfalls,
Buddhist monasteries and shrines, and soaring mountain views. Dramatic views of the
At the end of our teahouse trek, we will visit the Tamang
We will be led by Uttam Rai, a very experienced trekking guide who is now a Nepali American
throughout the Nepal Himalaya before moving to the
accompany us on our entire Helambu trek.
Nice teahouses or trekking lodges are located every couple of hours or so along the main
trekking route through Helambu. We will walk from to 6 hours a day, stopping for lunch in
teahouses along the trail. A few more hours of walking after lunch will take us to a teahouse
where we will have dinner and lodge for the night. Porters will carry our trekking gear in
duffles, leaving us free to carry only a light day-pack. No technical climbing or other special
abilities are required for this trip. During our visit to the
Okay. So now you have an idea of Marilyn's adventure. She will be keeping a journal and taking pictures. Hopefully, I will be allowed to post these when she returns. Bon Voyage, Marilyn, on Halloween!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
|My #1 fan, Mom!|
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsZEeHqlI68&feature=related Do you like my "link"? Those BIG BOYS are my idols. I am a groupie for the beer horses. I may be shorter but I think BIG, really BIG. Alpha horse is the only way to be.
|Cross Creek Stables, Mills River, NC My barn is the best. Check out those fans on every "room". Room is the new "in" word for stall according to my dentist.|
Last week was "Odie Fan Club" week at Cross Creek Stables, which means all the visitors were for me. Mom said if I kept doing MY blog, I might become "like so viral". What?? (Odie, that means you will become well-known worldwide. This could be awesome for Haflingers but more so for you. Remember that cat, MARU, from Japan who is totally famous & even has a his own book? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C60_WTWaPfs )
Helllllooooo, Mom! That cat is so stupid running into boxes that are too small. Plez tell me that you don't watch that Maru show??? (I love cats, so of course, I watch Maru. You like attention & fans. Keep writing. Stop whining.)
Hay. I think Luke is my #2 fan at the barn. He sorta looks like me in a really, really, really small version. Reckon Luke would like to have his picture taken sitting on my back? This could be like the barn mascot photo which would have horse owners begging to board at Cross Creek Stables.
|My buddy, Luke, the Corgi.|
|Why is that kid petting him? She is here to see ME!|
|Yeah, I like to have my feathers brushed.|
|Keep brushing. Why isn't your sister helping?|
NOOOOOO WAAAAY. I am not going to put that muzzle on again today. Forget it. I wore it all morning and you are not...(Odie, enough already. Stop fidgeting. This is your new muzzle. Remember, you broke the old one; the one Palisander's owner gave you? This one is padded; won't rub your face. Winter is coming and then there will be no muzzle. This one looks good on you.) [I look stupid. Can I have a carrot piece, plez? Just to try out this contraption??] Wow. Mom let the kids give me a treat. Mom must be feeling really bad about making me wear this "thing".
|Seems to be working with carrots.|
|Haffie love with the sisters:|
|Sister likes Luke.||IS ANYONE READING MY BLOG??? (Odie)|
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
|Me & Dr. Z...where are my feet going?|
I should have known that this was not going to be a good day when Mars and I did not get turned out in our big pasture. Okay, so I messed up my grazing muzzle but no reason to keep us inside. (no kidding...had to buy you a brand new one.) Mars said the docs must be coming since it was not bad weather. So, what does that mean? I have had all my shots. Do not need no docs. Not just a doc but a dentist, one who works on your teeth. Say, what!!? Mars said to be quiet and watch. I tried but the sound was so loud that I just looked out my window, hoping no one would notice me.
Ha! Aunt Janet had called Mom to tell her I needed "work" on my teeth. Plez. My teeth are fine. I eat grass, well, sort of with this muzzle and I eat hay. (Odie, you get plenty of grass and plenty of hay. Haffies do not eat grain unless they are working hard.That would be like pulling a wagon or a plow. You play.) My teeth are doing great. I cannot stand that high piercing noise much longer!
Oh, thanks for shutting that off. I was going a bit batty. WAIT, who are you and why are you taking me out of my stall? I don't know you. You are a stranger. Leave me alone. OUCH!!!! Did you just poke a needle in my neck? I hate, hate, hate needles!! That hurt. Iz dat Mom in barn? Mom, help! (Odie, you are fine just a tad dazed & woozy from the shot. I will be right here to protect you. Your teeth are very sharp & pointy where they should be smooth & round. You have bitten the inside of your cheeks with these sharp points. Poor guy, I did not know you could have mouth sores like I do. Now relax.) Easy for you to say. Oops, mai feet iz going in all different ways. iz i drunk? i wants to lie down for nap. stop makin me hold up mai head; iz just too heavy. u wants to put that in mai mouf??? mom!!!
Odie had his teeth "floated" with a power drill and a file. It was painful to watch Odie trying to regain his balance but he was not in danger of falling. The shots relaxed him, really relaxed him, so that Dr. Z could work inside his mouth without the worry that Odie might bite him or move quickly. The head set and "bumper" held Odie's head in place. The whole process took about an hour. You can read about Dr. Z on the link & find out more about equine dentistry. Horses should have a dental appointment once a year for good general health, just like humans go every six months or every two months to Dr. Roeder for my braces.
OHHH, my aching head! iz over? can i go to mai room? plez?? (Odie, you did fine but you are still a tad wobbly. You will be feeling perky in about an hour. Probably no pasture today.) Mai room, oops, missed that step into room. i iz starved after "operation" so where mai hay? (Well, Odie is certainly my horse. I need food after any ordeal.)here iz wall... lean on it for nap...
Whew! What happened? Let's have some fresh air and then a bite of hay. Ha! Ha! That doc thought he had removed all my hay...there are still some choice pieces. Hmmm...a bit sore in the mouth but chewing hay will help. MOM!!! Aunt Janet!!! I want to go outside to play. NOW!!
See photos of this awful event. (ODIE...be nice. All horses and humans need to visit the dentist.) WHATEVER! Let me outside,plez.
|trying to cross my legs & still stand|
|extreme instruments of torture|
|wait, dat iz a lot in mai mouf|
|mai mouf iz open, wide!|
|lean on mai wall|
|whew! fresh air. hey, would someone get that yellow ick off my mouth?|
Monday, October 3, 2011
|Here I am in my new pasture, totally ignoring Mom.|
Now, Aunt Janet decided that I needed this black thing on my nose and mouth. Mom said it was a grazing muzzle and would keep me from overeating & getting really sick. PLEZZ! Eating lots of grass is what horses do. Whoever heard of grass making a horse sick?? I decided to ask Mars about that. Mars told me that he had gotten so very sick from eating too much grass that he thought he might die from the pain. His belly hurt and his feet hurt and all the shots and treatments were terrible. I asked him what this "sick" was called and he said colic. The other two horses in the barn told me that colic is the worst thing ever; they had surgery for it.
|Yep, I had been rolling and rubbing my face in the hopes I could remove this thing.|
|Not my best look but you get the idea of "muzzle".|
So I will wear this muzzle thing and be glad that my humans care about my health. It is not cute. I cannot get hunks of grass in my mouth but I can get carrot pieces from my humans!
Mom told me that my muzzle was a gift from another boarder. Her incredible Hanoverian, Palisander, had worn it when he lived at Cross Creek. Palisander was a great and famous dressage horse, who spent nine years at Cross Creek. Palisander died last year; there a monument to honor him near the barn.
Knowing all this makes it better to be wearing my muzzle. Did I mention that Aunt Janet gave me one of her leather halters? It is comfortable and fits perfectly. Mom sold her leather halter. Guess she figured I would not need it. (Odie, you have a leather trail halter/bridle, a rope halter, a bath halter...stop sounding pitiful. Now you have a leather pasture halter. Be nice.)
ALL RIGHT! I get the message...I am such a lucky horse!! (Yes, you do not even know how lucky you are.)
Mom still cannot ride me for that nasty bite on my back. She takes me for long walks to show me where I live. On our walk, she told me that my favorite "fans" were coming to visit me this week. C & M are the sweetest little girls. They love to pet & brush me. Hope Mom takes some good, new pictures of my fan club. Here are some from March when my mane was still growing.