About a year ago, a friend approached me about going to Nepal and doing the Annapurna Trek. After visiting Nepal twice in my life, I had still considered it a magical place from my youth. But I had no strong yearning to return, especially given the pollution and degradation that has happened in Kathmandu since my last visit. I figured it would be too much of a disappointment.
But I thought about it, and it seems more tangible in my mind, especially the aspect of doing a 2-3 week Trek around the Annapurnas. My friend eventually decided she couldn't do it, but the dream had already solidified in my own mind. I've encouraged other friends to consider the possibility of going, and found my close friend, Liz, from San Francisco was game, especially when she found out that there would probably be internet access on parts of the trip (which blows my mind in itself!).
It's probably still crazy for me to think of such an adventure. I know all the drugs I will have to carry along with me, the huge package of Fuzeon with its vials, needles, and syringes for the twice daily injections. Also the huge potential for water born illnesses and well as other diseases and injuries. I think back to the article that Gus wrote on peak experiences, and unfortunately (or fortunately?), that is the things that keep me alive and embracing life. I wish it was easier, that a Sunday afternoon stroll was enough to do that. That I did not need to go to the edge, again and again.