Day 27 ~ Highest Heights ~ Hiawatha Trail


“If you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights. But if you run with dogs, you will learn how to bark.”
― Ojo Michael E.

“Don’t tell me you’re afraid of heights,” she said, shimmying along the edge.
“Not heights,” he murmured. “Just falling.”
― Victoria Schwab

Originally the route of the Hiawatha train, my sister and I biked this trail back in July or August.  I will add other amazing pictures later.  It was something I had wanted to bike it for years but like most things you think of in life, you just never get around to it.  My favorite views were from the railroad bridges.  So cool.  We had a blast.  You drive to the top, ride your bike down, and then get bussed back up to the top to your car.  Now that i have done it once, I would consider starting earlier, from the bottom.  I would ride to the top and then coast back down.  It’s a 15 mile ride, which sounds horrible at first, but i watched older folks down to kids biking up and it’s not really horrible.  Coasting down would be the best.  It was the best.  I hope you enjoy the bridge photos up there but if you ever get the chance to visit Idaho. I would highly recommend this bike ride. (you can also rent the bikes directly at the top.  So much fun.

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Day 23 ~ When we all were black and white


When I think of black and white photos .. I think of the olden days.. like… you know.. my mom and dad’s era and before.. A romantic period of time that was all black and white. The photos were glorious in that you just can not determine when they were taken.  There is something so special about them that it makes me want to go back to that time and meet all of the folks in the photos.  I think that black and white photos are more interpretive.  When photos are in color you can often guess the era and sometimes even the location the photo was taken.

“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” – Kim Hunter

I think that is why I love black and white photos.  With black and white, you can get away from the distractions and focus on the content.  It’s like an Alfred Hitchcock show.  When you are not allowed to see all of the details, your mind has to make up what is not obvious. It’s more attractive and more mysterious in my opinion.

A final few of my favorites from the past.  Just can’t get enough of the black and whites.

Land of Confusion- perspectives of people and regret


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“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
― Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind

I constantly have a story running in my head.  It might be about myself, a person or sometimes even an object.  Physical posture and minute facial expressions cause my mind to whirl into motion creating entire histories about a person’s happiness or sadness and the entire story behind the slump or jump of an individual.

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The following photos are of people that caught my attention in motion or manner.  I’m sure you can imagine some of the stories I made up about them.  Of course I have no real idea of what’s going on in these pictures but oh the stories I can come up with.  I hope you enjoy.

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“Tell the story that’s been growing in your heart, the characters you can’t keep out of your head, the tale story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning.”
― Jennifer Weiner

Yes, they are sweeping the road which is 90% dirt

6:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  Sun barely up and YES, they are sweeping the road which is 90% dirt.  Did I mention it was a dirt road?

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”
― Brandon SandersonThe Way of Kings

Daily Prompt: Land of Confusion;  Perspective; Humble Pie – Regret.

“I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us. ”
― Chris CleaveLittle Bee

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) Kathmandu, Nepal


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This week I’m going to be tackling two different challenges.  Height from Ailsa’s Where’s my Backpack and Childlike from the Daily post.  Easy peasy after visiting the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu.  Between thousands of stairs and hundreds of monkeys, I think I got it covered.

Being new to Nepal, I’m very unsure of getting around.  I’ve been taking taxi’s and walking so far.  Everything seems very far away from where I live. I’m sure as I am here longer, things will start to feel closer.  I went with some friends to Swayambhunath Stupa (स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप) also known as the Monkey Temple.  I didn’t realize it while in the back of a taxi zipping past cycles, people and cars (sometimes on the left and sometimes on the right side of the road) but this is actually only about a 20 minute walk from Thamel which is located about a 15 minute walk from my apartment.  I will try to walk it at some point, but need to get my bearings first.

This temple is a great tourist site as well as a place that many Buddhists and Hindus from around the world visit.  It sits above the city with amazing panoramic views that you reach after climbing over 365 uneven steps.

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Along the climb you can see dozens of monkeys at play or scavenging food and hoarding it from the many dogs.  The monkeys are considered Holy though to me they appeared to be from the same typical mischievous monkey family that I have witnessed the world over.  However, there were moments I did in fact wonder if they were not of a higher level.

The complex houses several stupas, temples and shrines and along the route there are active prayer rituals occurring and prayer candles being lit.  The colorful prayer flags are everywhere as are several stalls hawking everything from prayer flags to etched stones. Both young and old make this trek and it really is well worth it.  After enjoying a light lunch with some fresh juice and Nepali tea we headed back down to the bottom.

It was definitely an amazing place to visit and I will be back as I wasn’t able to visit the other stupas and points of interest that are attached to this one.  You can complete the visit to this stupa in less than 1/2 a day or you can spread it out over an entire day if you have the time.