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Asia » Nepal » Gorepani May 9th 2014

TREKKING DAY 2 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 2860m May 9, 2014 Having lost my original text I have tried to enter just a few pieces of information about this part of the trek and will rely more on photos. It just seemed to get hotter and hotter, and the trek itself was unlike any other hiking I had experienced. There was no tent, no camp stove, and no water purifier. Our food was provided and prepared for us. And I had a comfortable bed in a private room. Usually the bathroom was down the hall, or even down the stairs, and most often of the Turkish type. I had my own emergency stash of tp but I didn’t bring my hiking towel; a napkin from the dining hall or my bandana sufficed. I kept trying to ground ... read more
Horses, mules, donkeys, goats, buffalo
School on the hillside.
Sign at a restaurant

Asia » Nepal » Pokhara May 8th 2014

TREKKING DAY 1 Nayapaul to Tikhedhunga 1,577m 5/8/2014 I met my guide downstairs in the Himalayan Inn Hotel in Pokara. He looks fifteen, but he is twenty-two and has a wonderful wide grin…all the time. On the way to dinner we stopped at an outfitter store and I bought a beautiful turquoise rain jacket, North Face, for $19. I hope it doesn’t rain, though, because I am wearing my Keane sandals. The next morning we caught the 6:30 a.m. bus to Nayapaul. We got off on the side of the road. I had a cup of sweet tea at a little restaurant there and then we went down some stone steps behind the restaurant and walked through little settlements for hours. My guide had told me it would be flat. It was almost entirely uphill. He ... read more
A wonderful rock garden
The staircase...regular route for the mountain dwellers

Asia » Nepal » Chitwan May 1st 2014

Well, I am off to a good start. I have been in Nepal for two weeks on this year’s dive journey in Asia and Australia. Diving? Yes, I will be diving, but I want to experience places in my travels with magical names and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Nepal. I still have hopes that somehow my visit will include a spiritual dimension. So far…not so much. I spent four days in Khatmandu in the tourist area of Thamel, and visited three of the many historic sites. It was hot and I discovered I am not all that interested in looking at structures. I prefer wandering around with my eyes wide and mostly forgetting the camera. I have so many photos. Khatmandu was wet and crowded. The hotel was comfortable and there ... read more
Dancing Peacock
Bathing Elephants

Asia » Philippines » Puerto Galera April 7th 2014

Asia 2013 Hi! I am thick in the middle of planning for this year’s dive/travel adventure. Nepal has been on my tongue for weeks now so I have decided to start there. I haven’t researched what I might do but I am thinking I will make it a “vacation”: sleep, eat, walk, meditate, and take some land photos. I tell people that my SE Asia sojourn (five months) last year was not a vacation. Traveling is a way of living. The focus of the trip was diving some of the exotic places I have read and heard about in the thirty years I have been diving. However, during those five months decisions had to be made…where to stay, what to eat, what to see, what to wear? That is not a vacation. My friend Debbie and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan April 4th 2014

Finally I am able to share the photos with you guys. Look for more photos of my trip last year. read more

Asia » Philippines » Mindoro August 30th 2013

I didn't take a lot of land photos, since our focus was on diving, at least for the first two months. These nudibranch photos were some of my first underwater photos. They were taken in Sabang near Puerta Galera, our first dive destination. Some sea slugs are exquisite, and some are just ho hum. They come in every color and size. I am familiar with nudibranchs of the Pacific Northwest, but I have had fun finding the new and unusual here in S.E. Asia. For my non diver friends, there are two kinds of nudibranchs, or sea slugs, the dorids and the aeloids. Dorids have a "...branchial (gill) plume which forms a cluster on the posterior part of the body, around the anus." Our favorite biologist likes to tell visiting students that they breathe through their ... read more
Nembrotha Cristata

Asia » Philippines » Manila August 30th 2013

SCUBA DIVING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA The Joke “I have a friend who is looking for a dive buddy for a six to nine month dive trip in S.E. Asia…I thought of you and Skip.” There was an email address at the end of this cryptic message, with a name I didn’t recognize. The email was signed by a member of my dive club whom I had not heard from for years. My first thought was, “Who has the money to go off diving for six to nine months? I sure don’t.” Then I thought, “I wonder what Skip thinks of this message just popping up on his screen, out of the blue?” I went on clearing my in-box, checking for anything that needed a response. When I turned off the computer, as I waited for it ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Negros August 26th 2013

Allow me to introduce my Blog and give you a little background information. I am just finishing up a five month scuba diving adventure in S.E. Asia. Several people I met along the way asked me to think about writing a blog. They actually want to see my dive photos! So I am going to give it a whirl. I’ll be learning as I go. Having left middle age in the dust, I had begun to wonder if there was anything exciting left to look forward to. This trip came as a big surprise to me. A woman I had never met dared to dream, and she dropped that dream in my lap. I was scared and uncertain, but I took that giant leap of faith and set off on the trip of a lifetime. I ... read more

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