|Page 48 of Into the Heart of the Himalayas, by Jono Lineen.|
|Johnny Walker Red? Walk on?|
The mention of alcohol in this post is to tell my own personal story only.
Regular drinking of spirits especially, is a sure way to a very sorry life.
Like anything, moderation is the key to a happy life.
It all started around Father's Day (which is in early September in Australia where I live) when I received the above leaflet in my junk mail advertising liquour specials as gifts to give for Father's Day.
|Thirsty Camel? Tracks? Brisbane Lions?|
The Tracks of Synchronicity?
I also found it amusing to stubble across this Camel Balls bubblegum while putting my lotto on one day while I was in the middle of reading the book Tracks, and Robyn had written about castrating her camels, so they wouldn't be aggressive on the trek.
|Walk on?! Ouch!|
With all these camel synchs and talk of scotch I thought I should treat myself to a bottle of Johnny Walker Red for Father's Day, since this was the first time that I would not be living under the same roof as my boys, even though I normally just drink beer, or wine, I felt there was some message here in my intended purchase.
So, since I don't normally buy alcohol from the Thirsty Camel, I had to find out where the closest store to me was.
I knew that there was a bottle shop in there, but I didn't know it was part of the Thirsty Camel franchise.
|The Family brick that was outside the Gabba for 13 years from 2002, til now.|
A Meditation on Life and Death
Apparently after all of these years the Brisbane City Council deemed the bricks too dangerous to WALK ON?!
|Robyn Davidson and Jono Lineen at the BBWF, 2014.|
A Walk Through the Bindis
And congratulations to Bindi Irwin for taking out Dancing with the Stars in the US, since I wrote that post.
I'm sure Dad is a proud father right now...and yes people, I know he is dead, but I happen to believe, and with good reason, that there is life after death.
Into the Heart of the Himalayas and the strange synchs that I had while reading it.
I never ended up meeting Jono at the BBWF in 2014, but I did attend the talk he was involved in on Saturday the 2nd of August 2014, titled Traveler's Tales.
I didn't go to see Jono speak though, I went to see and hear Robyn Davidson, but I was impressed by what Jono had to say during this talk and I decided to by his book the next day.
Jono's book sat in my "To Read" pile until about September this year when I saw that the film Everest was going to start at the local cinema soon and with all of the upheaval in that region in 2015 with earthquakes I wanted to get through Jono's book before the movie came out.
Mt Everest avalanche: Queensland teenager Alyssa Azar determined to reach summit despite disaster
I see that Alyssa is going to try to get to the top a third time now.
I think I would have countered my lucky stars and given up on it, but I admire her spirit and will surely be interested in following her progress after watching the movie Everest and thinking how brave, stupid, or both these people are who attempt the climb.
Queensland adventurer Alyssa Azar survives second Nepal tragedy
I certainly wish her luck and acknowledge that she has bigger balls than I do, metaphorically speaking, that is.
Two of us: Glenn and Alyssa Azar
In the movie Everest they talk about the "Death Zone" which is pretty much the area I have circled in Jono's book cover above
(I hope that is a picture of Everest on Jono's book cover, or I'm going to look pretty stupid...again;-) where your body literally starts to die because of lack of oxygen (unless you have an oxygen tank, you dirty cheat;-).
Remember that the movie Everest is based on a real life story, it is not something that was made up by a Hollywood script writer...for once.
After seeing the movie Everest I now know that there are a lot of dead climbers bodies still frozen up there in that circled "Dead Zone" that I have marked with the red ring on the cover of Jono's book.
I notice that Alyssa has the above motivation poster on her webpage and while I half concede that she is right, after watching the movie Everest and seeing more experienced climbers than her lose their lives, I would say that it's not so much the mountain that you have to worry about, but the weather.
Every time that I picked up Into the Heart of the Himalayas after having seen the movie Everest, I couldn't help looking at the picture on the front cover of Jono's book and seeing the "Death Zone" and imagining those frozen corpses that are still up there to this day.
Climbing Solfar's photoreal Mt Everest is virtually the real thing
I certainly can see the attraction of climbing, but I'll stick to my own league when it comes to hill climbs.
Climb Every Mountain?
Everest will never be placed on my bucket list, I'm afraid...and I mean I'm afraid in literal terms.
And I'm sure the Buddha wasn't throwing in a product placement for Johnny Walker scotch, either, since most Buddhists don't drink alcohol...and besides scotch hadn't been invented yet.
Jono later realized the walk he did was a personal pilgrimage to try and come to terms with Gareth's death and the book explains many of Jono's thoughts along the way,
I remember thinking how freaky that accident that took Jono's brother's life was and how it wasn't something you would read about in news stories as common a car crash death, for instance.
And then a few days later I read this story in the news -
Two Monash University students die in New Zealand kayaking accident, police say
New Zealand Police said US national Daniel Hollnsteiner, 21 and James Murphy, 20, from London, died after they were thrown into the icy water when a strong wind change whipped up waves.
Local police commander David Gaskin said the two men were part of a group of 11 people from the university who got into trouble on the lake.
|Lake Tekapo, in New Zealand, where two students died when they were thrown from their kayaks into icy water.|
A lot of recent books and movies that I have read, or watched over the past year, or two have carried the same theme of the pilgrimage from A to B in a quest to find something, or prove something on some unconscious, or spiritual level to that person, or person's being.
The thing I have found out on most occasions after reading, or viewing these personal stories is that the journey doesn't really end for that person at point B, even though that was the imagined destination point of the treker.
On an inner sense these authors are still walking that journey and will continue to walk that journey for the rest of their lives.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Usually the walk never really ends for these people at point B, because point A was just the beginning of a life walk.
The Way To Byron Bay Via Spain
It was probably Ailsa Piper who got me hooked on these walking/journey books when I happened to go to her talk at the 2012 Byron Bay Writer's Festival.
|Chapter 11 of Into the Heart of the Himalayas, Gratitude.|
The Goodwill, Grace and Goodwill
And the elephant in the room in most of these stories seems to be a supernatural feeling of connectedness, or even fate to some degree.
And while talking about elephants in the room, just about everywhere Jono went in Tibet and surrounds the locals kept offering him Chang.
I thought this must be one hell of a popular brand of beer throughout Asia, but it wasn't the Thai beer the locals were offering him, chang must be the word for beer in those parts, so I learned something a little extra while reading Jono's story.
And still on the subject of elephants in the room, I still have this box of stuff to sort out from my recent move:-)
On a personal note, I had to have a chuckle when Jono wrote that the 19th November was one of the worst days on his trek because these kids followed him and threw rocks at him.
November 19th is my wedding anniversary and that date came up as a bad day in my last post oddly enough,
Jono ends the November 19th entry by writing the "walking is my yoga", all I could think about that date was that walking down the isle was my folly;-)
|Scene from Peter Jackson's King Kong.|
I don't think I have ever sat down and watched the whole movie before, as I could never really be bothered to watch yet another Kong movie, I only decided to rent it after watching Jake Kotze's
420 Kong vimeo.
|Scene from Peter Jackson's King Kong.|
|Scene from Peter Jackson's King Kong. Keep walking?|
Great show (there will be a post on that show soon) and Shannon even sung the song he wrote about his father called,
Now I Run
"I'm just my fathers son
Taught me to walk, now I run