March 4, 2017
Namaste Family & Friends:
So far, this trip has gone just too perfect. I haven’t fallen asleep and missed a flight. I had a great time in Hong Kong. I enjoyed a full night of sleep last night in Kathmandu. The meeting at the Ministry of Tourism was fun, and I have the permit in hand. All my electronics checked out. My climbing-trekking bags are packed. And, I fly to Lukla tomorrow morning. Life is good!
Flight to Hong Kong
The flight passed by quickly. I watched 4 movies, including some featured in the Academy Awards. I don’t go to movies, so this is my way to catch up. I heard La La Land was awarded Best Picture. Hell or High Water was far better. Jeff Bridges is the best. Have you seen The Big Lebowski or True Grit? I didn’t think so.
When I arrived in Hong Kong, I had a 10-hour layover. So, I took the train into the City and enjoyed the day. Sharon and I lived in HK for 3 years-1996-1999. We loved this City. Sharon would go back and forth, not wanting to be away from our 14 grandchildren for long stretches. In the year 2000, I was asked to be Managing Partner of my Firm’s Tokyo office. So, I had offices in both HK and Tokyo. Those were some of my best years of practicing law. I really enjoyed my trip down memory lane in HK.
The flight from HK to KTM is 5 hours. I slept the whole way. The guy seated next to me was blowing his nose the whole way. That freaked me out as I can’t get sick. Fingers crossed.
I arrived in KTM at 11 pm last night. Believe it or not, I slept soundly until 6:30 am. Is that a good omen?
Ministry of Tourism
Kaju and I met at the Ministry at 10 am this morning. The Ministry is closed, so the officials came in just for me. How cool is that? I love the people of Nepal. The Chief Ministry Official asked about Trump. I said my motto is “Make Nepal Great Again.” That went over well. I left with Permit in hand.
I take lots of electronics on these journeys, all the better to stay in touch with you. This includes, satellite telephones, mobile telephones, inReach satellite messaging devices, i-Pads, solar chargers, still photo cameras, video cameras and Go Pro cameras. So far, everything checks out AOK.
Tomorrow, I’m up a 6 am to get ready for a 7:30 am flight to Lukla. This flight is always exhilarating because Lukla is the most dangerous and deadly airport in the world. Once in Lukla, I’ll start the solo 50-mile trek to Burke Khang.
My next report will be from the village of Phakding.
I just can’t believe I’m back in Nepal for the 12th time in 12 years.