When I used to visit the Appalachian mountains as a kid I once said to myself, “Those are mountains.” My troop leader at the time turned to me and with a knowing smile said, “No son, those are only hills.”
From that time I’ve experienced the French Alps, the Rockies, and since moving to Washington, the Cascades. I think my troop leader would agree these are mountains.
…..but anyone who has visited Nepal might give that same knowing smile to that statement.
In September of 2019 my dear adventure companion, David Wolfer aka “D-Wolf,” and I had the chance to travel to the other side of mother Earth in order to spend two weeks hiking in the Annapurna Circuit. What ensued was a wild adventure. From rogue taxi drivers, to blood sucking leaches, to acute mountain sickness, Nepal dished it all out as a meal best served hot. Specifically over rice and with a complimentary refill. There isn’t a lot to say because, for me, this adventures is contained in the time spent on the trail itself. Below are bits and pieces of the adventure but my hope is that by only supplying a taste, both you and I, can appreciate that which is left unsaid, and in turn hunger for the place itself.
Ah D-WOLF! Such a sweet and hilarious human, what a beautiful journey through Nepal! A random memory of dashing through downtown Columbia to make it for the New Years drop with you followed by dancing had me wondering what ever happening to Ethan Washam? Hey was a cool guy. A quick google search led men here and I was surprised to see you were also in the Seattle area in recent years, I was me until last week (I’m in Portland now.) Are you still in the area? How is post-pandemic life treating you? Welcome to 2023!
Shekinah Alegra (Hannah Schell)
PS. Love the photos of your bike trip! I’ve always wanted to do something similar. Somebody needs to drop a spinoff of “I like Big Butts” called with “I Like Big Bikes” and with a ton of bike lingo.