Modi River Valley

[is where we are hiking. No connectivity. update when I return to the comforts of hot water and electricity] Note – there was plenty of hot water and a generator several times a day …

If you get up early enough, and you are lucky – you might see mountains – Annapurna South and Fishtail. That is, of course, if the pollution isn’t too bad.

What you have to remember is that the mountains aren’t exactly close and the two two main peaks (only one of which is at all visible) are both well over 8000 meters….

So it was that after breakfast we hiked to one of the villages up the hill.

One of the houses has been turned in to a museum…

A young woman from the south married one of the local men, established one of the many small tea houses/over night stops along this hiking trail. For not all that much, overnight in an actual bed and 1-2 meals. There is running water at a pump and a decent toilet to boot. As it turns out, she was also one of our porters.

Many of the men from the village work in the mid-east, especially UAE.

Meanwhile, one of the younger women manages their local micro-economic fund/bank.

fund manager, now 19

fund manager, now 19

everyone contributes a small amount per month. Loans can be granted. Interest rate is significant…

Hiking back down, we stopped at the local health clinic

and looked at life as we walked

There were only two of us who elected to take a second hike in the afternoon.

and I will admit that in total it was a lot of stairs…

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fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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