Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Himalayan Humor

The following pictures bring a smile to my face, and I figured now was a good time to share them while the boys are still making their way to base camp.

Mmm Mmm Good!

With the exception of eggs, we were all vegetarian while in the mountains. Some of you carnivores out there may wonder how this was possible. Well, when the menu looked like the one below it was actually a lot easier than you'd think.

Because there are no trees, the tea houses burn dried yak dung for heat. The dried dung has no smell, and seemed to provide the same amount of heat as wood.

It was always interesting to watch a tea house owner place dried yak dung in the stove (as seen below), and then walk over and pick up our dinner to serve us in one fowl swoop - as if the two activities were always meant to go hand-in-hand.

It's a....uh, kangaroo rat deer thing?!?!?!?

Part of the fun of being somewhere for weeks without cell phones, TV, radio, newspapers, or even other English speaking people, is that you have to find things to talk about in order to stay entertained.

The following is my favorite example of this principle. This is a picture that we found on the wall of a tea house. I have no idea what the animal is, or what the text below the animal says. However, for twenty minutes we all debated over what the animal was, or rather, what various animals were used to create this one. We eventually agreed that the animal had the head of a kangaroo, a rabbit's ears and hind legs, the back of a rat, but the spirit of a dragon (did you notice the two enormous teeth?) - har!

I challenge any of you readers out there to come up with a better name than we did, which was The Himalayan Sabre-Toothed Kanga-Rat!!!

Please post your replies, haha.

Brian Oestrike Captures a Yeti

Another fun thing to do when trekking through the Himalayas is to tell Yeti stories to as many local people as possible, claiming that the Yeti has been following you on your trip. This is especially easy to do when you have your own gorilla mask.

Here we see Brian with the first ever photo of a Yeti, as captured on the summit of Island Peak.


Blogger Sue said...

I love you guys! I anticipate that we'll be enjoying much more of your 'Himalayan Humor' in the weeks to come. Was also delighted to see the gorilla mask again! Keep your spirits high-love to both of you!

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Blogger oldeverestguy said...

Way to go guys. The "crap" work is done and now the fun starts. I can smell the tea houses just looking at the pictures, not a pretty smell folks. May the higher power be with you and your team.


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