…and we must go!
Dear friends and family,
We are back from a stimulating week at SECMOL, and about to head out for our trek – the last of our Himalayan adventures before we descend to the plains. Over the next 10 days, our feet will take us across 100 kms of stunning terrain and some uncharted emotional landscapes. We cannot wait to unzip our tents to snow-capped peaks in the mornings, and huddle together for warmth in the dinner tent after dark! We will be trekking along the Markha river for the first half, and then going over 4 passes, dipping in and out of valleys of purple and green scree on our way to Stok Village, where our trek ends on October 16.
Please be patient with our inactivity on the Yak board in the coming days – we will be trekking in a remote area and will have no access to the internet until we return. We will be in touch with the office every couple of days and they will pass along brief updates about our whereabouts and adventures.
Everyone is well and strong, ready, and moved by the combustible mix of emotions described by this Wendell Berry classic:
Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into. What you are doing is exploring. You are undertaking the first experience, not of the place, but of yourself in that place. It is an experience of our essential loneliness; for nobody can discover the world for anybody else. It is only after we have discovered it for ourselves that it becomes a common ground and a common bond, and we cease to be alone.