Breath taking. Was the word of the weekend. We’ve lived in Nepal for 5 months now and finally got out of the dusty valley to enjoy the wonder that God’s created here. We travelled by bus with our friends Matt, Rupa, and Elijah to a lovely lakeside town, Pokhara, which boasts incredible mountain views. The journey was 10 hours door to door (a little longer than anticipated), but the scenic route scaling the jungly foothills of the Himalayas, following the rushing Seti river made it worth it. Abyala and her friend Elijah did amazing. They slept and played the entire way. We were so proud of our little travelers.
Our first evening we strolled the lakeside streets. No dust. Little traffic. A sense of peacefulness came over us. We found a quaint restaurant and ordered some delicious Italian food which we ate in a romantic candle-lit ambiance. Not because the power was out, but because it made the experience beautiful. It was shocking to us that this place existed in Nepal. We haven’t found such nice restaurants in Kathmandu yet. We loved it.
The next day we decided to take a boat ride across Pokhara lake and then scaled a steep ridge to get to a place called World Peace Pagoda. Phil strapped Abyala to his back and our friend Matt guided us on up. It was awesome just breathing in the fresh air and being in nature. Abyala loved backpacking with Daddy. She was all smiles – when she was awake. At the top, we couldn’t have been more excited … we were dancing all around with Abyala. Smiling. Laughing. Snapping photos. God gave us a gorgeous clear sky so that we could see the panoramic view of the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas. The super sharp peak is called Fish Tail (Machapuchare) which rests at 22,900 ft.
Our third day, we woke up at 4:30 to catch a super early taxi up to a village called Saragkot so that we could hike up to their tallest point and watch the sunrise over the mountains. This time Mel strapped Abyala on and we trekked on up. The little one slept the entire way and woke up just in time to catch the sun reflect off the snowy peaks. Again, breath taking. The funniest part was when the Dads held their babies … everyone (at least 30 people) pulled out their cameras and started taking pictures like the paparazzi! I’m convinced our kids are total celebrities in Asia now…I fully expect to see Abyala’s face plastered on a box of Cerelac soon.
Other great memories include meeting up with my beautiful friend Danielle and her husband Steve. They just happened to be trekking through. I love how small the world is and how God gives us these sweet serendipitous moments. Danielle held Abyala. We chatted about life. Laughed about how crazy it was meeting in Nepal after exactly 10 years had gone by since we became friends in Aix en Provence, France. God is so amazing.
We left on a rainy fourth day. No mountains in sight. God obviously blessed us with perfect weather. He is so generous!
Grateful for our Lord, Jesus — who created all of this beauty for us to enjoy! And grateful for sharing this experience with our wonderful friends Matt, Rupa, and Elijah! This was indeed a weekend to remember…