Off to India
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3/30/2007 2:15 PM
Tick tock, tick tockâ€¦ Four days until we take off and things seem to be coming together. Cindy is the proud new owner of a lightweight down jacket for the cold nights trekking, my camera arrived intact, all the credit cards that were stolen by some ass-wipe at the library are replaced and the house is strewn with piles of clothes, electronics and toiletries ready to be packed (hopefully it will all fit...
Tomorrow we go to my god daughterâ€™s debutante/graduation dance and then head to
3/12/2007 5:54 PM
We did manage to squeeze in one last trip up to Mammoth for four fun days of somewhat spring skiing.
3/3/2007 11:24 AM
Well we finally managed to figure out at least where to go and just got off the phone with AA having booked tickets from lovely John Wayne Airport through Chicago and on to Delhi India for April till mid-July.
We are going to make a brief, one night visit to Cindyâ€™s sister Cathy and brother-in-law Robb and their three little girls (see the cute pics in the
As far as planning exactly where in India (and possibly other places, Nepal, Bhutan, ???) we are going, we havenâ€™t made it very far other than to know that we will probably start in Rajasthan (and hopefully burn some Hilton points at the lovely hotels in Jaipur and Udaipur) and definitely want to spend time in Himachal Pradesh, Laddakh and hopefully Darjeeling and Sikkim.
Wondering if all that heat will make us be wistfully dreaming of Chair 23 at Mammoth (we are hoping to get at least one more trip up there before April since it just snowed four feet) but figure that summer in the Himalayaâ€™s cannot be passed up (wonder if I could extend this sabbatical long enough to ski in Kashmir!)
We started seriously trying to plan our next venture a couple weeks back and it has been a hilariously chaotic event - if you asked us two weeks ago where we were going, it was:
Â· Option One -
Â· Option Two - If you asked ten days ago, it was probably
Â· Option Three - Next we found an interesting package trip that we could extend to India and Nepal that included about 12 days of seeing a few major tourist sites in N. India (Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi..) and ended up in Kathmandu.
Â· Option Four - That led to investigating Round the World and Circle Pacific fares with airline consolidators. The next thing you know, we were talking to one woman about a flight that went LAX -
Â· Option Five - Not being the planning sort, I was concerned about the inflexibility of the Circle Pacific fare since we had no idea how long we would be in
Â· Option Six - Then reality set in and we realized that 1) we still didnâ€™t know how long we wanted to be in India and 2) Eight weeks in New Zealand and Australia would be pricey and probably something we could do later in life (as opposed to hopefully doing some trekking in the Himalayas). The end result is that we decided to do only