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Howard Taylor
Trying to enjoy what this beautiful planet has to offer!
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Howard Taylor May 8
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Howard Taylor May 8
........ I hope everyone found it interesting and enjoyed it, including your class Jake. I tried to keep it as real as possible. Peace, health and good fortune to all. Howard......
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Howard Taylor May 8
.....Thanks for the “likes” and kind words, including those from several of you I’m not familiar with. Your words meant so much, especially when I wished I was somewhere else.......
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Howard Taylor May 8
......Would I do it again? I don’t know. Perhaps if someone I knew wanted to. Would I like to go higher? Yes. It’s addictive. The views cannot be described or captured. Until then, I’ll move onto the next chapter......
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Howard Taylor May 8
.....It’s like being on the moon. Boulders, gravel, snow, ice and rock. Freezing temperatures. Nothing grows except heartache and longing. A longing for that special person or creature comforts of the western world.......
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Howard Taylor May 8
...The journey up and down the Khumbu Glacier/Valley was spectacular, after all, it’s the highest point on the planet, but what comes with it is desolation, and for me personally, loneliness. (I wore my wedding band for three weeks.) ....
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Howard Taylor May 8
.... I pictured John Q. on the summit and another “Holy Shit” rang out, this time in admiration, not just for summiting, but for the two months of extreme unpleasantries you must go through. One night was all I could take, but at least I’ve experienced a part of what it takes....
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Howard Taylor May 8
.... I went for the beauty, majesty, curiosity and physical challenge. There were no tears when I turned around atop Karla Patthar and saw Everest. However, a very loud “Holy Shit” did ring out! Of course, I thought of Sara. I’m a lucky guy to carry her in my heart......
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Howard Taylor May 8
So was my Everest trip fun and enjoyable? No. But it wasn’t supposed to be. You are going to a solemn place where hundreds of people have died and will die. People who made the exact same trek as me, except theirs was a one way ticket.
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Howard Taylor May 7
Three days ago we said goodbye to LG’s 16+19 nephew and cousin who were our porters. We bought them a haircut first before they began their 3 day walk home. Below is million dollar vehicle in Doha airport. Makes on one wonder.
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Howard Taylor May 7
...... The Himalayas make the smoky mountains look like the Sahara desert. I never knew anything was wrong because I felt great the entire journey apart from a couple of hours of altitude sickness.
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Howard Taylor May 7
........my urine had turned dark brown because of severe dehydration. We walked for 12 straight days with an average distance of 7.6 miles per day, which is no that much, but I guess it’s the altitude and terrain that gets you.......
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Howard Taylor May 7
.......... it’s bloody Ramadan, so you can’t buy any alcohol for a month!!!!!!!!So here I am in bed writing this with a half pound of Skittles I bought at the duty-free. On a more serious note, my urine is returning to normal. On the last day of the trek.......
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Howard Taylor May 7
........boarded my Qatar Airlines flight yesterday! I ate everything in sight. Mainly Indian. I hadn’t drank any alcohol on the trek for 12 days and my plan was to celebrate and make up for it during my overnight stay here in Doha. Well guess what?..............
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Howard Taylor May 7
........The last two nights before I left Nepal I went back to my pizza diet. It was very frustrating not eating the local food I wanted to eat. But I didn’t get stomach problems, so my prudence was rewarded. But boy, did things change yesterday when I........
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Howard Taylor May 7
........I ate crispy pizza for 5 nights straight when I first arrived. Just sauce and cheese. Didn’t want to risk eating veg. or meat. On the trek I ate nothing but roast potatoes for 12 days, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I knew that what I was eating was thoroughly cooked.....
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Howard Taylor May 7
Doha, Qatar - just had my first shower in 3 weeks! I was warned not to risk getting water on my lips in Nepal. You can’t trust bottled water either. I would purify everything. Out of six in my group, 3 developed stomach problems.......
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Howard Taylor May 6
Replying to @billydykevfl
Very much so, because you have no choice. Everest/Khumbu Valley is Sherpa territory and they are devout Buddhists.
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Howard Taylor May 6
West shoulder of Everest to the left. Nuptse to the right. Lhotse is behind Nuptse and is connected to Everest.
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Howard Taylor May 6
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