– Broken Hill (Almora, India)
This was the first taxi we tried to get up this very steep hill in. The useless tit of a driver stalled the car, and then proceeded to flood the engine and flatten the battery. As you can see the road was VERY narrow so we resorted to being traffic police and pushing vehicles trying to keep the traffic moving. Eventually we bailed and took a jeep.
– Curd Machines (Kasar Devi, India)
We stayed here for two weeks above a family house. These cattle were in fantastic condition, a bull, a cow and a calf. The mother of the house (tough as nails) is next to where we put all our vegatable scraps which overnight get turned into milk and eventually curd. So nice to know that the curd isn't from rubbish off the street!
– Himalayan Foothills Sunrise (Kasar Devi)
Up early to see the beautiful sunrise. When the haze cleared the Himalayas proper jutted up in massive snowy peaks behind the ones you can see here. Serenley, magicallly impressive. 8000m of power.
– Sunset Guitar (Kasar Devi, India)
– Storm Front (Kasar Devi, India)
The nightly electrical storm rolls in. This one was fast and the blackest I have ever seen complete with hailstones the size of a NZ 20c coin. The stunning lightning displays sometimes lasted all night with fork after fork and thunder that shook the building.
– Sleeping Dogs Lie (Kasar Devi, India)
This attention starved local dog adopted us, possibly because we removed all his ticks. Then again he may just have liked Parle G biscuits.
– 3 smiles (Kasar Devi, India)
Afternoons whiled away with travelling friends, some of the nicest people I have ever met. Good vibrations.
– Hillside Houses (Kasar Devi, India)
Sparse, temperate vegetation reminding me on NZ in many ways. A slightly different building style however. Living on the ridge line entailed extensive water management, reusing every drop and not washing as often. A lesson in conservation.
– Improvised Shade (Kasar Devi, India)
Due to the harsh sun rays (at 2500m the air is starting to get thin) we rigged this old canvas each morning and hid under it until the winds that accompanied the evening storm rolled in.