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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek: Photos, Baby!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Day ten was our final day of trekking. Just a short 2 hour walk down to the bottom of the Annapurna Range, about a half hour drive from the town of Pokhara. Rather than bore you with more words, given that it was a pretty uneventful last day (save for the feeling I got when we first got back in a car. After not having seen a vehicle for ten days, and going everywhere on foot, the sensation of sitting still but moving along at amazing speeds (well, maybe 60km/hr, so only really amazing if you’ve just spent ten days in the mountains. And did I just put a bracket within a bracket?! Damn, somebody help me here) was incredible. Although it lasted for all of about ten minutes before it felt normal again.), I’m going to throw a whole crap load of photos at you. Mostly these will just be snaps that help tell the stories I’ve been trying to get across here (the better, more picturesque shots I’ll save for flickr). So, if you like looking at photos of gorgeous mountains, bustling rivers, and skinny white guys with red beards and nerdy glasses sweating buckets, then by golly this is your lucky day!

Day One self portrait:
I made sure I took at least one self portrait a day. These generally range between me looking absolutely buggered and covered in sweat, and me looking absolutely stoked to be in the mountains. This one is during our thigh-burning climb at the end of day one. It was about at this point that I thought I would actually die on the trek. (click on the picture for a larger view)


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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Nine: Dry the Rain

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

It had been a restless night’s sleep, with the fierce storm keeping me awake, and, when I finally slept, thoughts of horror movies racing through my mind.

I continued to doze in the morning well after the sun had come up; half awake, half asleep. It was around 7am when I turned in bed from my side onto my stomach, pushing the pillow to one side.

That was when I saw it. I began to lay my head down onto my arms, but stopped, frozen, shocked. It was massive. The biggest fucking spider I’ve ever seen in my entire twenty-seven years, sitting on the bed’s head-board. And I’m from Australia, so I’ve seen some big-arse spiders in my time. But this fuckin’ monster was HUGE. I’m talking the size of my entire hand. Its body was the size of an egg, and it’s legs bent up and out like the type of spiders you see in horror movies where they’re the size of houses. And it was just inches from my head. I thought it was going to eat me.

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