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While i knew from movies and myths that such “otherworldly places” were hard to reach, nothing prepared me for day two. As we trudged up the Paro River valley, the trail was awful � wet, muddy, and filled with ankle-breaking rocks. In fact, I struggled to find the adjectives to describe the trail, but as a rock rolled and I twisted my ankle, expletives poured out of me in an angry torrent. Making matters worse, the trail couldn’t seem to make up its mind about what direction it wanted to go. It was like the stock market on a day of panicked trading � up one moment, down the next, up, down, up, down � and my heart was a roller coaster in my ribs.
She had written two successful memoirs and numerous travel articles and traveled to most everyplace that began with a D as in Dangerous: Mozambique, Rwanda, Madagascar, Borneo, Burma, the Congo, Papua New Guinea, Iran, and Libya. She’d also done a six hundred–mile solo kayak expedition on the Niger River from Mali to Timbuktu, and dodged grizzly bears on an eight hundred–mile bike ride through Alaska to the Arctic Ocean. Given the nature of her trips and the descriptions I’d read of her in the media, I expected Kira to be 30 loud, rough, and tough, but when I first met her in Bhutan, she was sitting shyly on the couch in the hotel lobby with her hands politely folded across her lap.
No! I rolled over, not only wanting sleep but also desperately needing to because I was still horribly jet-lagged. m. for my Druk Air flight to Bhutan. I eased myself onto my back and took a deep breath, imagining I was at the end of a yoga class in corpse pose. “Breathe,” I told myself. ” I started to settle in, but as a wave of relaxation dropped over me like a warm, wonderful blanket, my inner critic reminded me that doing corpse pose on the Snowman Trek may not be an auspicious omen. I was quickly learning the toughest part of the toughest trek in the world may not be the trail but rather the mind games I would play with myself.
Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World by Kevin Grange