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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Poonhill, Nepal - My Mountaintop Experience
This was both, the highest point we were going to get to on this trek, and the highest point in this, my post operative journey. I'm a goal setter, and along time ago, I had set myself the goal of doing the Camino Pilgrimage this year, but having time off work for my hip replacement, meant I couldn't have the time off also for the full Spanish holiday I wanted. Next best thing, climb a mountain!! And I did. (Although for Nepalese standards, Poonhill is not a mountain).
Our little party, guides and trekkers, took selfies, snapped photos from every vantage point and angle, but eventually you couldn't take anymore photos, it was time just to sit and be. (Luckily for my partner, there was a little tea stand on the top of that hill with hot coffee on offer).
We were on the top of Poonhill for probably 90 mins, before the steep stepped walk back to our trekkers lodge (teahouse) for a big breakfast. But those 90 minutes were really special. It was a time to reflect on just how big our world is, how diverse we all are, but yet how much were are the same. I saw the beauty of the pristine mountain ranges around us, and was reminded of what we do to the lands we have ready access to and how we must care and respect the earth in the places we live. Rescuing damaged lands is not an easy thing and protecting and maintaining natural environments is so important.
I was encouraged to come home and make a place where I will focus on these reflections, where I can find peace in my place, where I can remember and honour the people of the world.
When I share photos of Poonhill with others who have been there, they all gasp as they recall their own experience of being ontop of this hill. I hope I will be the same for along time.
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I cannot tell you how much I truly love this post. The photos take my breath away and in my deepest part of imagination I can only begin to envision the majesty and beauty you must have felt as you watched this miracle of light change your world.
And it did change your world. Now you have your special spot.
I loved the part where you spoke of taking loads of photos and finally, enough. Just BE. I think we're sometimes in such a hurry when we are "someplace else" that we forget to stop after the photos and just BE. I'm so glad you did.
What an amazing, inspiring trek Tamara! I've so enjoyed seeing your pics in Insta and this is a lovely post to finish with :-)
I feel like I traveled there with you today, so thank you for letting me tag along.
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