Lakes and Mountains, oh my!

Trip Start Jun 06, 2006
Trip End Dec 16, 2006

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Greetings to all!
I hope this message finds all of you who read it to be in wonderful space.
I talked to my Mom, Mary and Mamoosh via computer -and its only
$0.02 a minute!!! Mary asked me "How's China?"- love her!
Traveling is made so easy these days...except in some of the places I choose!
Sorry I haven't been in touch - lots happening always and sometimes it isn't so easy to spend time writing....but here goes.... Jason, Leigh and a guy from New Mexico named
Chris and our driver, ventured to some magical places over the past week.....
First stop, Lake Nam-tso- the highest lake in the world!!!!!!!!! And
it's salty because it used to be an ocean milions of years ago,
before the Himalayas were formed... so bacically I traveled from the
lowest point (and body of water) on earth, the Dead Sea, to the
highest body of water on earth...and boy did I feel fact,
after hiking around the lake at about 15,500ft. I became very light
headed and had a case of altitude sickness....This was not like the
sickness I encurred summitting Mt. Kenya however, where I thought it
was the end of me, and I told Todd to tell my family I loved them....
no, this was not so serious, but it did call for help from my little
friend-- oxygen!! I had to huff on a tank in order to get my blood
circulating again and to make sure my brain was recieving air....the
air is so dry and thin that if felt as if my brain was enlarged but my
head was not growing, just pounding on the sides....see pics of me
meditating with O2 and Jason on the oxygen- everyone had to try it-
....and, it was pretty much an instantious cure! That night we slept
in an army stlye tent on the edge of the lake with 17,000+ ft.
mountains 360 degrees around surrounding our camp....we played
scrabble as dogs howled as I recouperated back to life.
The next day we ventured through the most beautiful valley of all
time! There were so many wildflowers it was amazing- (and I could even
identify them , atleast to family~!) There were bright vibrant
yellows, blues and greens on the valley floor, mainly mustard seeds
and barley being cultivated but also infused with a raging river and
huge green velvet moutnains all around.... it was heavenly!The roads,
or lack there of, more like bumpy torn up gravel, provided a rollar
coaster experience....but the beauty outside the windows made for
smoothe sailing...To the nunnery!
We ventured to a nunnery nestled high up the valley, built into a
mountian side with the best HOT SPRINGS EVER! We were greeted by super
hot bubbling natural spring waters...we soaked our soar bumpy road
bodies and curled up with a bottle of wine and again, a game of
scrabble (love scrabble!!)
When we woke the next day we planned a hike up to another nunnery - we
decided to hike there in order to meet with a Condrum (a very high nun) She is
named to be the reincarnation of the first enlightened woman, a
Tibetan. We literally hiked straight up a mountain, taking a step then
a breath- step breath- step was the ultimate challenge
and quite rewarding- the views were spectular- the hills were alive
with the sound of music scenery and when we reached our destiantion we
met the Nun and spent the afternoon chatting with her- Leigh
translated everythign she said for us- and even our driver joined on
the quest since he had never met her....she blessed us all and offered
us little pebbles of red sugar to promote longevity (Leigh was given
about 10 pebbles- but we all got 1...we got a kick out of this!) We
talked about everything spirtual, religion, politics and
China..etc. it ws an amazing experience -to sit on top of a mtn. and
talk to a woman that people dream to speak to...the journey was very
difficult (even Jason was impressed with the hike)- but there is
nothing that could compare to being so humbled by her presence. we
soaked in the springs again that night as the full moon was glowing
over head!! Absolutly Beautiful!
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