Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Change of Plans

Our first full day in Kathmandu was spent visiting temples (along with a group of school children),

city squares,

monasteries,

and exploring the area around our hotel.

The next day, we hit the road headed for our next stopping point of Pokhara. Although the two cities are only about 90 miles apart, the trip would take approximately 6 hours because of the condition of the roadways.

Besides encountering cows ...

goats ...

and people carrying goods.

We also had to contend with heavy rains ...

rockslides ..

and a river run. A tour bus carrying over 20 passengers tried to cross the road where the river had overflowed. The water actually swept through the bus and everyone on board had to be rescued by rope.

After waiting a couple of hours, it was determined that no one would be getting through for quite some time. I was thankful for my crochet as I got so many projects done during times of travel and waiting.

Yusef took this picture of me and hubby as we were walking back to the bus. When nature calls, you gotta go! And in the middle of nowhere, you go anywhere you can.

The tour company we booked with made arrangements for us to backtrack and make our way instead to Chitwan National Park which was to be our next destination. (We later found out that traffic on the road to Pokhara was at a standstill for 10 hours because of the river run.)

The closer to we got to the National Park, roads were no longer paved and it was quite a bumpy, slippery ride.

This lodge would be where we would stay for the next couple of days. No air conditioning, no tv, and if you like sleeping with salamanders, then this is the place for you.

Next up, our jungle adventures. Have a wonderful Wednesday! Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

25 comments:

pattas said...

A trip full of the unexpected.. But oh the rain ...
Glad you made the lodge ok :))

LP Vintage said...

What an adventure for you and your family! Great that you have your crochet with you!

Sheila R said...

Oh my goodness! I definitely do not like bed critters!!

Wishing you a cooler and critter free week.

Rizzi said...

WOW!!!!! THOUGHT THIS ONLY HAPPENED IN THE MOVIES, HOW EXCITING, AND INTERESTING. SALAMANDERS ARE CUTE, BUT NOT IN BED. :) TAKE CARE MY FRIEND.....RIZZI

YOU DID SOME LOVELY PIECES WITH YOUR CROCHETING.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Thank you for stopping by "Ocean Breezes & Country Sneezes" the other day! It was nice to meet you!

Wow, you've seen some amazing places in your travels. I can only imagine what your scrap books look like!

Please stop by anytime, I love company and new friends are always welcome!

Mary

Zuzu said...

Wow! Talk about an adventure, Tammy! I don't remember any vacations being this exciting!!!
Hugs,
Zuzu

lisaroyhandbags said...

oh my gosh! what an adventure you have had! your pics are amazing - the sunsets, nature, people. How unfortunate that it was so wet - did you find the rain a nice change from home or were you happy to come back to dry skies? After living in Ireland for 4 years where it rains constantly, I'm quite enjoying the dry of Dubai, for now anyway. :)

GWENNY said...

What a experiance! That cow is huge! Did you wittness the bus event? I don't know if I could have handled all those events. You know me....
Looking forward to what's next.
hugs~

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I am definitely a city girl. I need to get where ever I'm going fast and comfortable. No air conditioning is also an issue, I get cranky and weepy. Boy, maybe I am more high maintenance than I thought. I will have to broaden my horizons and learn to go with the flow. So glad you and your family got settled safely.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I loved the tour, me oh my, that cow, unbelievable to find your in front of you outside a yard or zoo!

Have a happy midweek, Tammy xxxxx

nanny said...

What an experience....I am glad the people were rescued from the bus!
Your crochet pieces are beautiful! I love them!

Pam said...

So glad you didn't get stuck in the mud. Looking forward to seeing tomorrow's jungle post.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh my goodness what a trip...Cannot imagine 90 miles taking 6 hours...You are a real trooper.
It would be wonderful to visit the places that you have been.
I am so glad I came by for a visit
Stay safe
Love
Maggie

crochet lady said...

Wow, that sounds like quite an adventure! Crochet sure is the ever pleasant travel companion :)

The Garden Bell said...

What a trip. I am so glad you have some yarn and hook along. But, I think I might have been a little nervous. You are a true adventurer. Continue to be safe.

Kate

Rebecca said...

OK all I can say is... you are a brave and crazy girl!
This is a little too much of an adventure for this Chicago girl.
I hope you are having fun and please stay safe, it doesn't sound real safe with rivers running amuck.
Blessings
Rebecca
PS Lost me when you said sleeping with salamanders

LV said...

How nice it would be to see the world in this fashion. I used to travel a lot, but age slows downa lot of things.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love the storytelling through your photos - just amazing

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Tammy, what wonderful pictures! I thought your crochet was from nepal at first because of the colors and because it was so finely made! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Oh what a fun packed holiday and so glad that you got there safely. The rock slide and the flooding looks very scary.
It does look like it could have been from a movie.
Have a happy day

Hugs
Carolyn

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

What a great natural adventure you lived!

Despite the rains, so much to observe!

Lots of love,

Mariette

Barbara Jean said...

WOW! what an adventure!!!

That bus and the river thing. whew! Glad all made it. what a mess

blessings and having so much fun!

bj

Serena said...

WOW...quite an adventure! I wouldn't mind salamanders throughout the day where I can actually see them and avoid them but not at night when I'm asleep. :)

A Cottage Muse said...

I am so enjoying your trip as you look back Tammy! This leg of it looks like quite an adventure!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing day!! The temples, and squares around the city are just amazing. It must have been such a thrill to see such old, spectacular buildings. The trip along those roads reminds me of the conditions that were written about in Three Cups of Tea. I cannot imagine the bus that was overcome with water, and the people needing to be rescued by rope. Just amazing.
I read about the hotel you stayed in. I am guessing Omar would have been miserable without the air conditioning, and the boys would have made me miserable without a TV to keep them occupied. Personally, I think it all sounds amazing. What an adventure!!!!!! I can't wait to hear more!

Love you,
Renee

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