Monthly Archives: March 2009

Beautiful Blossoms

It is Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Japan! Hanami has been a custom in Japan since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed the beautiful Sakura (cherry blossom) and wrote poems about them. Sakura is a symbol of Japan and it is said that there are over four hundred varieties of trees. The blossoms flower…

Dingboche Internet Cafe

We are currently in Dingboche, 14500 ft and we have found an internet cafe that is run on a generator. IF they don’t have enough people wanting access they don’t crank up the generator. We spent last night at Dingboche and will spend the night here tonight to acclimitize. This morning we took a short…

Wasting Food in Japan

Did you know that Japan’s agricultural ministry estimates that 23 million tons of food was discarded in 2007, about JPY11 trillion worth – that is the monetary equivalent of Japan’s annual agricultural output. It also cost about JPY2 trillion to process that waste. In Tokyo alone food accounts for 30 percent of all household waste….

Trekking At Altitude

We finally made it to Lukla. Wow what an airport or should I say runway. The strip is on a slight incline and very short. If the plane can’t stop in such a short distance you end up in the mountain side. There is no room for error and a touch and go is impossible….

Another Attempt At Lukla

After yesterdays aborted landing at Lukla we returned to Kathmandu and waited until 12 noon to see if the weather would clear and allow us a second opportunity. Unfortunately the weather never cleared and we returned to the hotel. Lily was happy to see that they had down graded our room. Smaller room and the…

Back In Kathmandu

We were to fly to Lukla at 7am this morning. Had to rise at 4am to have quick breakfast and depart for Kathmandu airport. Our flight departed on time. Small 2 prop airplane that holds 14. We flew to Lukla, our starting point for our trek to Everest Base Camp. While attempting to land it…

Another Day In Kathmandu

A miracle in Kathamandu! The electricity came on at 4am in the morning and stayed on until 9am. Lily was ecstatic because for the first time she could use the hair blower to dry her hair. Today was the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from his home in Tibet (March 11, 1959). We…

Kathmandu, First Stop To Everest Base Camp

Lily and Edward are currently in Kathmandu making final preparations for their trek to Everest Base Camp. During our stay here we have visited a few sites – Kopan Monastery, Boudanath Stupa and Bhaktapur. Today was the Water Festival and all commercial businesses were closed for the holiday. During this time all the younger people…

Mt. Everest Base Camp

Lily and Edward Noon will be taking off for the month of March to climb from Lukla, Nepal to Everest Base Camp. They are climbing to raise money for Camp Camelot, a nonprofit working with alternative therapies for autistic and disabled children and young adults. Lily in training.