“In my experience, the yak-cattle crossbreed tends to lose the gentle temperament.” – Dr. Kevin A. Wellington, DVM 
Morning dawned cool and misty gray in the mountain village of Phakding. I awoke to the sound of yak bells ringing softly in the hazy morning. This was the day we would hike to Namche Bazaar.
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“He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
The Trails of Nepal, music by the Iambic Dream Project on Identity Crisis
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” When the iron eagle flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered over the earth and the Dhamma will go to the land of the red man”– Padmasambhava 
Landing at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal was a mind blowing experience. I was taking that first single step in purging my mind and body of corporate burnout. I needed to be here. Continue reading Lukla
“The Shiva in me Salutes the Shiva in you”
An interpretation of the Nepalese greeting ‘Namaste’.
Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple on the banks of the River Bagmati, east of Kathmandu. Continue reading Pashupatinath
“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.” – Thich Nhat Han
The city of Bhaktapur is the ancient home of Newar people within what is known as the Nepal Mandala, or the Kathmandu Vallley. Newari royalty built a city over the centuries known for beautiful temples and culturally unique architecture. Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue reading Bhaktapur
“That’s why I’m going to Katmandu, up to the mountain’s where I’m going to, and if I ever get out of here, that’s what I’m gonna do.” – Bob Seger
I was strung-out from the long journey to Nepal. Traveling from Chicago, I passed through the airport in Qatar. The Qatar airlines flight from Chicago was fairly comfortable. The last leg of the journey from Qatar to Kathmandu was a different story. Continue reading Kathmandu