Reading a Ruskin Bond book in the mountains is a feeling that can only be described by him!
After walking for 16kms, after which even I was pretty dead, I had plenty of time to relax and hardly anything to help me pass time. Everyone had slept, while some were roaming here and there, and I was too excited to read this book as I had bought it just for the trek.
But by the time I reached Base camp, I was worried about some things related to the trek. The fact that we had to cross the Pass tomorrow instead of day after, some of the trekkers were getting ill, the weather was not good and there were no prediction for the next day, and how we would have to leave early in order to make it up there in time.
When at that exact moment, thankfully, I was reminded that worrying up there is the last thing I should be doing.
"The pleasure of travel is in the journey, and not so much in reaching one's destination. Destinations rarely live up to the traveller's expectations. And the pleasure is further reduced if you're checking your watch all the time. In travel, as in life, give yourself plenty of time, so that you won't have to rush." - RB
Yes, when in Mountains, one should always be careful and alert, but there's no point in sitting and worrying about the future results, you can prepare for it, happily, or just spend your time thinking about things that are pointless, and miss seeing the beauty around you.
I have always focussed on enjoying all my trips, even when I was pretty much dying cycling up to high altitude roads, and whenever I would forget that and start worrying, something or someone would always remind me the right thing, and that day at base camp, it was this book.
And now as I write this looking at this picture, I can't believe I even had to have a reminder for such a thing.
Just look at that view, at the border of Kinnaur and Spiti, the two most beautiful places,
how can one not be overwhelmed by the pure magic of this region?
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