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August 26, 2008

Experiencing Travel

Filed under: Travel in the U.S. — Heligypsy @ 9:26 am

I have always liked to travel, to explore and have adventures. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I was doing the day Keith and I met on the boardwalk in Santa Barbara eight years ago. I was out exploring and it has become the adventure of a lifetime.

We all travel differently, and for different reasons, with different expectations. I love to sit quietly in public places for long periods of time and people watch, get the “feel” for an area. Sometimes it takes me a few days to get my bearings and sort out what “attractions” I want to see. Major touristy areas are not really my bag, but I also hate to miss worthwhile sights simply because there are too many other people looking at the same thing.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading on this six week trip. Mostly the books have been travel related, and seemingly (though unknowingly when I collected them) have had very common themes. Travel and spirituality. I have enjoyed three very different authors with stories on yoga, meditation and india.

The other day, finishing Michael Cricton’s Travels a book of sometimes extremely short travel/life stories, I found the best little piece, it made me smile so much to read, that I thought I would share it here with you. Here is the except from his book:

A few years earlier, during a trek in Nepal, my Sherpa guide took me to the top of a hill at a place called Ghorapani, pointed to the view and said,

“The Kali-Gandaki Gorge.”

“Uh-huh,” I said. I was sweating and tired. It was cold. My feet hurt. I could hardly pay attention to this view.

“The Kali-Gandaki Gorge,” he repeated, significantly.

“Uh-huh,” I said.

What I was seeing wasn’t even a gorge, it was just a big valley with snowy mountain peaks on both sides. Spectacular, but all the mountain views in Nepal are spectacular, and I was tired at the end of the day.

“The Kali-Gandaki Gorge,” he said a third time. Like I still wasn’t getting the point.

“Great,” I said. “When’s dinner?”

It wasn’t until I returned home that I found out what the Kali-Gandaki Gorge is.

The Kali-Gandaki river cuts between the peaks of Dhaulagiri to the west and Annapurna 1 to the east – respectively the sixth and tenth highest mountains in the world. Both peaks rise more than four miles above the river below, making a canyon so enormous that the eye can hardly see it for what it is. It is four times as deep as the Grand Canyon, and far wider: between two peaks, you could roughly fit twenty Grand Canyons.

The Kali-Gandaki Gorge is the deepest canyon in the world.

That’s what it is.

I’d like to go back and see it sometime.



  1. Somethings are too big to comprehend. The first time I flew in the Arctic and looked 100 miles distant at an Island in front of me I had to check the map twice to make sure the distance was right.

    Comment by Keith — August 26, 2008 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  2. I’ve always liked to interact with the people who have travelled to Nepal. Reason behind this might be because I want to make a difference in the experience of their Nepal tour.

    Comment by Miresh — August 26, 2008 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  3. I’ve seen many things on my travels not appreciating the moment nor realizing their significance until after I return home.

    Comment by JA Huber — September 9, 2008 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

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