15 February 2007

LJS-World Traveller Wannabe


Thirteen Places on Earth that LJS would like to visit

1. Italy-This kind of goes without saying. But, I can see myself saturated in Italian grappa, artwork, and mountains for a month. Or several. One of my “things to do before I die” is to spend a day inside the Sistine Chapel to adore the works of my fave TMNT-Michelangelo. Plus, I’ve heard the Dolomites are breathtaking.
2. The Colorado “fourteeners”-a bit of heaven on earth. No visas, sherpas, or extreme gear required.
3. Any marathon course-it’s a goal, and I wouldn’t be as lazy if *someone* would train with me. I’d love to see the world from mile 26.2. It’s just that the training is tough and lonely.
4. Mt. Everest trek-After years of ego-cruising on the thought I can scale Everest, I’ve returned to earth. But I’d still like to trek to the base camp or Kala Pattar. It’s still not an easy trek-you do go to 5400 meters. So, instead of climbing Everest, I’ve decided to climb…
5. Kilimanjaro-it’d be great to see the icefields before they melt
6. The Gemini and Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea
7. New Zealand-The Milford trail is the “finest walk on Earth”, so I’ve heard. Regardless, two islands of great beauty. Not to mention…I *may* just run into Viggo Mortensen and a few hobbits.
8. London, Paris, and Berlin-all the museums, all the history.
9. Torres del Paine-I’ve seen trek pictures of this national park in Chile and I fell in love. It’s been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1978. Mountains, clouds, beautiful water. Heaven.
10. Biking across ‘Merica from the saddle of a hog. Just letting the wind and skies guide the way, leaving our troubles behind.
11. Any of the sites where the Leakey’s dug
12. The Galopagos-ahhhh evolution at its finest.
13. India-spending a month, or two, or three in India sounds very exciting to me. I’d love to get a feel for the diversity in the culture and visit all the non-touristy places.


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6 comments:

Biff Spiffy said...

Quite a list, hope you're healthy and wealthy enough to complete it! Srsly.

I'm rethinking my list to include something a little more challenging than 'another mai-tai, garcon?'

Sparky Duck said...

Ill send you to Italy with mrs Duck and my digital camera. Whattaya say? I cant do the whole flying thing

nepalwriter said...

To get a real sense of what it's like to trek in the Everest region plus read a wonderful love story, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, and expedition from the porter's point of view.

Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to www.beyondthesummit-novel.com

A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

LeBlanc's vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. USABookNews.com

A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest. EverestNews.com

Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialogue. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

The book is available from amazon.com, chesslerbooks.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders Stores, and the web site for an autographed copy.

Lady Jane Scarlett said...

Gee, I wonder to whom the pseudonym *nepalwriter* is referring?
Gee, I wonder if I have a clear grasp on English grammar today.

Biff Spiffy said...

Uh.Huh.

And you said the little captcha thing kept out the spamminators.

tiff said...

I'll do all of these with you except the marathon thing. I'll cheer you ON, but I ain't runnin' one.