Cat Tien National Park

vietnam_crocodile lake

Gibbons, and crocodiles, and bears, oh my! Every now and then I get the itch for campfires, s’mores, & sleepless nights in a tent. Living in polluted Saigon, where stars don’t even exist, and fresh air is a thing of the past made my campfire urge soar out of control! First problem: where can we … Continue reading

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Photo Friday: Son of a Sonamarg Shepherd

Indian shepherd boy

On our trek through the Kashmiri Himalayas we saw lots of hardened youngsters, punching well above the weight in maturity. This young shepherd was one of the toughest though. He was helping his father lead their herd of goats through the valley, wearing shoes 4 sizes to big & a heavy sack slung over his shoulder. It … Continue reading

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Everest Base Camp: Do’s & Don’ts

himalya mountain clouds

We covered most of the preparation questions in our post, Everest Base Camp Tips & Preparation. I thought I’d add in these few do’s & don’ts about the hike itself. EVERY Tea House provides big warm blankets, so don’t stress too much over sleeping bags. We went at the very end of November 12-22 and we … Continue reading

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Life on the Trail to Everest

Our life on the TRAIL to EVEREST, 9 days up & 3 days down:  A really nice, top of the line, 5 star tea house toilet consists of squatting on top of a missing floorboard and having the pleasure of covering up the mess with leaves laying in the corner. The ones without leaves were just rancid! Compost is key. … Continue reading

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Mt. Everest Base Camp

mt everest base camp trek

Day 9: Gorak Shep to Mt. Everest Base Camp, 2 hours After a relentless 9 day hike deep into the heart of the Himalayas, 7 mountain villages, over 25 hours of hiking, ascending 3,000m, altitude headaches, 2 acclimatization days, plenty of midnight toilet runs, indulging in Sherpa Stew, lemon tea, and momo’s at every chance, game after game … Continue reading

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