First Africa, and now Nepal. The day has finally arrived!!
It is with great excitement that I report that I am finally leaving for my Nepal adventure: 38 days away from my family, beloved husky and friends, to pursue something that makes me happy, to conquer another goal, another dream; to make new friends, to learn and grow, to build strength and conquer new challenges and of course, to come home with a story to tell! This shy and introvert girl has come a long way in the past 40+ years I think ☺
When I first found out about this adventure, I thought to myself there is no way I could ever leave home for so long and paddle down rivers across the world in a kayak, on white waters … but after sleeping on the idea, I just had that gut feeling that I needed to do this. I felt ready to conquer a new challenge, learn, grow, make new friends, face my fears of white waters and spend some time with my new awesome Aussie girlfriend. After all, learning the ropes of white water kayaking sounded way more appealing to do so in Nepal than on the Ottawa River ☺!!! So I signed up and here I am.
Bag packed and ready to go; ready to learn, ready to grow.
I believe in the importance of building experiences instead of collecting things;
I believe in the importance of creating unique, long-lasting, memories instead of living the same life day after day.
I believe in the importance of living each day to the fullest instead of dwelling on the things that I cannot change or cannot do – although I admit, fully, that some days just totally suck; that’s life – it’s not always perfect and it never will be; you get over those days and go on!
I believe in the importance of learning new things, goal setting, growth, overcoming challenges and stepping out of the comfort zone, instead of settling in the comfortable and avoiding the fear zone (on the other side of fear, you will find growth, strength and happiness, amongst many other beautiful things!)
I share my story in hope to inspire others around me, especially middle-aged mothers like myself, to have dreams and goals, but most of all, to chase those dreams and goals and make it happen! The journey is not always easy, but the rewards are always priceless: growth, satisfaction, pride, accomplishment, strength, happiness, …
We are all different; no matter who we are, we all have something to bring into the world; we are all special in our own way. Climbing mountains, learning the ropes of white water kayaking and training to run ultra marathons is not for everyone. Cool enough! Find your thing and do it because tomorrow might be too late …
I will try and provide updates on my Nepal journey as much as I can, however I understand internet connections in Nepal are not the greatest ☺ Once on the river adventure for 27 days, I will be texting home and friends, whom in turn will post to facebook or my website on my behalf.
If you are interested, here is my itinerary:
- March 18: Leave Ottawa at 6:30am
- March 19: Arrive in Kathmandu at 3:10pm
- March 21: Traveling to Pokhara
- March 22-26: Mountain biking, running, soaking in Nepal, a bit of shopping ☺
River adventure – March 26 to April 21
DAY 1 – Arrive
DAY 2 – Fewa Lake: basic strokes, rolling, and T-rescues. Intermediate and advanced paddlers can enjoy a paddle around the lake with one of our local guides.
DAY 3 to 5: Lower Seti River
DAY 6 : Canyoning – It is a moderate 30 minute walk up to the start point, where we will be rewarded with spectacular views of lush jungle and a 130 meter waterfall. Our Canyoning Zone actually has 8 main waterfalls; however we do not rappel down all of them. This massive drop simply set the stage for our training and briefing before we slip slide our way down the remaining 7 cascading falls.
DAY 7 to 8: Tirsuli River – Grade: II/III (one class IV on Upper Trisuli depending on the level, portage or chicken shoot available)
DAY 9: River rescue skills day or Day Trek
DAY 10: Rest Day, Pokhara
DAY 11: Rest Day, Pokhara
DAY 12 to 15: Kaligandaki – Grade: mix of grade II/III with 3 grade IV (Grade IV rapids may need to be portaged by some paddlers)
DAY 16 : Rest Day in Pokhara
DAY 17: Rest Day in Pokhara
DAY 18: Karnali Travel Day
DAY 19 to 26: Karnali River Expedition – Grade: Mix of grade II/III/IV
DAY 27: Return Travel Day from Karnali and Good Bye Dinner.
April 22: travel back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
April 23: Flying home
April 24: Landing in Ottawa at 10:13pm.
What are my goals for this trip?
- Learn as much as possible about the Nepali culture
- Make new friends!
- Conquer class III rapids
Lastly, giving back is also important to me and I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your support in my journey to running my first ultra marathon event this coming August. I am running to support impossible2Possible, an organization that aims at educating, empowering and inspiring youth worldwide. This is a cause that truly aligns with my beliefs – reaching out to kids today to provide a better future for tomorrow! You can show your support here:
Thank you for following. Thank you for your support, and a special thank you for your friendships!
Next update from Kathmandu ☺
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