Jody's Adventures

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Back to civilization- sort of

Me at 17,769 feet, and I walked the whole way!
My favorite Mountain Machhapuchhre as Seen from Annapurna South Base Camp
Annapurna South at sunrise
Well I'm back in Pokhara- Nepal's second largest city (still no buildings over 4 stories. I've spent 33 glorious days trekking around and among the Annapurna mountains. The Annapurna Circuit, and Annapurna Sanctuary treks. Over a 17,769 ft pass, and into the sanctuary where you are surrounded on all sides by amazing Himalayan peaks. Now I'm busy trying to put weight back on by eating steak, and anything else that strikes my fancy... and is available here. For the last month I've subsisted on potatoes and eggs, only slightly better than the typical Nepali diet of rice and lentils, but that is travel. I tell you Applebee's sounds really good right now. I'm missing things like salad, rare meat, and mom's meatloaf. There is plenty of chocolate here, french fries, and coke, but clean raw vegetables, and the kind of steak you guys have likely been enjoying grilled in the backyard are pretty tough to find. Yes I'm missing home a bit, and as you might have guessed protein! Despite the amazing beauty I am still in a country where you have to squat to pee, wipe with your hand, and watch your step on the sidewalks to avoid the cow shit! I should be home soon though- still shooting for mid June. I plan to head to India for a bit. It is incredibly hot there now, and the monsoon is fast approaching, but I'm so close that I really want to spend at least a bit of time there. Thinking of you all!