Do you remember some of the posts that I did for Cinthol’s Alive is Awesome contest? There were some prizes associated with it. I was extremely reluctant in the beginning but the person who was in charge of the contest was one persuasive person. Once I committed I did all the posts that were required. And it was fun reliving some of those water filled memories.
So last week I was very pleasantly surprised when I got a mail saying I won an iPad! And the next day evening I got the iPad too!
This is my first Apple product. Daughter considers it her tab. I get to use it in between sometimes. May write more if I get to use it more. Have to say I never expect to win! And among all the thing iPad was what I was eyeing most!
It was a cloudy morning and I was out even before the first rays of sun! It was my last day in the paradise and I wanted to make it special. I walked the few steps from my hotel and I was at the beach. There was no one around apart from a few dogs. Thankfully they paid no attention to me. I soaked in the serene atmosphere and inhaled the sea air without any residue of fumes!
There was the lone Mangrove tree with its root all exposed due to the low tide, I could spot a few birds as well. I was content to wait for the sun to come out. For a while it felt that clouds would rule, like they did the previous evening and I was really thinking why did I even get out of my comfortable bed?
But then the sun came out and it was gorgeous! Havelock looked even more beautiful if that was possible.
After the sun got too high to get any more reasonable shots, I decided to take a walk. I love walking and I love walking barefoot. By now if you are wondering what happened to my most expensive dip, just have some patience.
With my Canon D 350 and a brand new 70-300 zoom mounted on it, I decided to click a few bird pictures. I put my cell phone (my first with touch screen and 5 megapixel camera) in my pocket and concentrated on spotting the birds. I managed to click a few pictures but of the type that never even made it to my blog! Walking with my head firmly stuck in the trees above I started wading through the shallow water to get closer to a bird. Something poked in my heel rather sharply and I started falling in slow motion. I ‘saw’ myself falling, I was falling so slow. At the same time I tried desperately tried to break my fall because I could see clearly what was going to happen.
In the end I heard a loud thud and there I was, in the water with my SLR, my brand new lens and my cell phone. This ladies and gentlemen has been my most expensive dip ever! The camera and lens were immediately gone, never to be recovered. I could salvage my cell phone after I came back and but after a few fits and starts it conked off too. However when I was narrating my woes to my husband he said, “Don’t you think you were lucky that you didn’t break a bone?” In the end we still had to say Alive is Awesome!
I have construed many ‘what if’ scenarios since then. The most prominent was that I should have just slept till late, after all it is an easy thing to do! That way I would not have the sunrise experience but I would still have my camera and cell phone. But in the end I had to let go, what happened, happened. I thought I would not buy a camera but I bought another one (my current Canon D 550) within five months along with another zoom lens. Add this too to the cost and I am sure the Havelock fall is going to remain my most expensive ‘bath’ in a long long time, hopefully forever!
PS. This post is part of Alive is Awesome Bathing Experience by Cinthol. It has been great fun reliving my memories with this series. It is also awesome to see what time does to the experiences! Many memories become dim but not the awesome ones!
They say into each life some rain must fall. I say it is a given that in each trek some rain will fall! We were trekking in the Triund region in Himachal Pradesh and I had been lugging two heavy raincoats for the past two days. I asked my husband if he would carry the raincoats while we walked from Ilkaka to Lehs Cave and beyond. He refused and in a fit of anger I also dumped both the raincoats in the tent. After all it had been bright and sunny for the last two days and I was tired with all the weight in my small backpack. With hindsight I wonder why did I dump both the raincoats? I could have carried mine but such is the air higher up in the mountains and such is hindsight! The base for the trek to Triund is McLeod Ganj.
The third day on our Triund trek also dawned bright and clear. The walk up to the Lehs cave is gradual till you cross a nalla (small stream); after that it decides to go sharply uphill. Both us walk slowly, but we can walk for hours, so we were OK. We reached Lehs Cave, admired it, and then decided to go further.
Now when I look at the photos I can see the dark clouds even before we crossed the Nalla but at that time we were blissfully ignorant of that fact! And soon enough two fat rain drops fell and we decided to turn back. The trouble with both of us is that even though we don’t get tired, we descend almost at the same speed we ascend! And soon enough there was hail. By the time we reached Lehs Cave again I was wondering who had asked me to climb higher up ignoring all those clouds?
We asked Babu (our guide) if we should stop there and take shelter. He said, “You never know how long this would last. If we keep walking we would reach the camp soon.”
So walk we did in hail and rain and wind for two hours. My hands were quite numb by the end of it, but otherwise I was not too cold as we were walking as fast as we could. So after this unscheduled bathing experience we reached the campsite again and that chai shop made out of wood and plastic was heaven for us!
After a change of clothes we ran to the shop for food. We decided to go back to the tent and read our books. But the wind was howling by this time and we felt that the tent would be blown away. We crept out of it and ran into the shop again to confer with Babu.
They decided to put the tent down. In the meanwhile a nearby kitchen tent (of a marriage party, yes people sometimes trek to get married!) got partially blown away and had to be flattened too. After a while it was calm again and we had a peaceful night’s rest in our tent.
The next day the weather turned bad again but thankfully by that time we had already reached Triund and we were sitting inside one of the permanent huts. After a while the sun came out once and rewarded us with a magnificent rainbow. It was a great prize for all the soaking we got the day before, it was a truly Alive is Awesome Moment.
In the picture the colorful stuff on the ground is our tent, which had to be flattened once again as before the rainbow the winds and the rain were really trying to lift it off the ground!
PS. This post is part of Alive is Awesome Bathing Experience by Cinthol.