16.10.2012 - 16.10.2012
Had a good nights sleep except the monkeys did visit after dark for the first time. Usually they are our morning friends. Also Glenn did get to hear whatever it is running in the space above our bed. It was a little cloudy when we woke up, a first for the trip. We are hoping it clears up for our hike up Flag hill. We ordered and ate our breakfast with the Weidmans up in our lounge area. We could sure get used to having someone fix and deliver breakfast every morning. Afterwards we got water and headed out for our hike. I can now say I hiked in the Himalaya mountains. We had to walk quite a ways just to get to our hiking spot. Flag Hill is a Tibetan holy mountain that has...you guessed it flags hanging all over up the trail and at the summit. They are Tibetan prayer flags and they made a lovely noise as the wind blew them. The hike was pretty steep at times and the trail was narrow but not a bad hike over all. When we reached the summit it was still cloudy over the snows, which are the Himalayan mountains that are perpetually covered in snow. We had hope to be able to see them but unfortunately didn't. The view was still breathtakingly beautiful. On our hike back, luckily as we were near the end, my boot felt funny and I looked down and noticed the heel was coming off my left boot. It was just part of it so I sort of hobbled the rest of the way. According to Glenn's GPS we hiked about 8.8 miles so not a bad day's hike and I figured we could pretty much eat whatever we wanted for lunch and feel we deserved it! We had momos and shaphaley. Spaphaley is fried bread stuffed with meat, ours was pork, and veggies. It is very yummy. Think of a cross between a giant eggroll and a calzone, fried. Of course we had hot tea as we have had with most meals except dinners due to caffeine intake. And of course the tea was with milk and sugar. Yum! After a bit of a rest Glenn took my boots to the bazaar to the shoemaker, sorry not elves involved, and left them to be fixed while he walked around the bazaar. I was up at Doma's reading and resting my poor little piggies. But now my boots are once again made for walking or hiking as the case may be. It cost all of 50 Ruppees which is roughly but not quite a dollar! A bargain at twice the price. We also got our laundry back, all nicely cleaned, ironed and folded! I usually don't iron my socks but hey, it's all good. We went to Tenzing's house for dinner tonight. Several of us that were there were together last night. It was a great evening of laughter and more stories. We had a wonderful Burmese dinner and lots of wine and/or other drinks. A great time was had by all! We are now home and trying to get things ready for leaving here tomorrow.