Today I had reason to open the box containing some of my most prized possessions–you know, the items you might take with you when asked to evacuate–my travel journals. As I picked up each one, and turned the pages, memories came flooding back. In particular I spent a lot of time browsing through the pages of my journal from my travels in Nepal and India (1998-1999). This was the last extended, independent journey I would take. I went “backpacking” for 4 months through Nepal and India, including a challenging and amazing trek in the Himalayas. Below are but a few of the notes from my trek.