Nugget and I fulfilled the dream last month. We took ourselves to trek in the Annapurna Ranges in Nepal, with our friends Kate and Jack #mumandsondonepal*.
Spending two weeks in Nepal was absolutely amazing. Amazing. It is a beautiful country, full of contrasts. The cities are chaotic, and noisy; the country side steep, angular and crafted. We had spectacular weather for the most part and enjoyed six days walking along the trails, through villages, tea houses, as well as forests, across rivers and in open spaces. We shared the trails with other trekkers along with the Nepali people, buffalos, donkeys, cows, goats, chickens, dogs and birdlife.
Here is a smattering of snaps that I took along the way...
|Sunrise over Kathmandu|
|Buddhartha Stupa, Kathmandu|
|Trekking in the Annapurna foothills - Annapurna South|
|Walking towards Landruk|
|Another view of Annapurna South|
|Crossing a river on a rickety swing bridge|
|Rhododendron forest near Tadapani|
|On approach to Ghandruk|
|Sunset in the Chitwan NP|
|Rhino spotting in the Chitwan|
While we had so much fun and there are so many little stories to tell, two experiences will stay with me forever in my heart. The first was watching the sun rise over the Annapurna range from Dhampus on a chilly morning; and then walking through the ancient Rhododendron forest near Tadapani taking in the scent of the wild flowers (including rhododendron, daphne, and magnolias) and complexity of the thousand year old eco-system. Both experiences touched my soul.
Finding 1:1 time with any one of my children has always been a challenge for me, but this two week quarantined time together with Nugget was a real connector for us. It highlighted everything I have always hoped was true; we are doing okay as parents. This kid is fun, intelligent, warm and, surprisingly, determined. He is alright. We are alright.
I am so grateful for the time we had in Nepal. It was the most centering experience I have had in a long time and reminded me to look around. Be mindful. Trust in nature. Trust in myself.
* That is not an actual thing by the way but it should be. It should be.