The Hunza Valley is said to be the inspiration behind the mythical valley of Shangri-La in James Hilton’s 1933 novel ‘Lost Horizon.’ It’s really not difficult to see the reason.
Rehman is well-known in the Pakistani network of travelers for accommodating foreigners at his family home in Ghulkin, a small village in the Hunza Valley only 15 minutes from Gulmit.
We have contacted him a few days before to see if we can stay overnight. Busy about touring for Pakistani British families, he arranged for his wife Sitara to look after us. He called us the night before to arrange for a family friend to pick us up from our Gulmit guesthouse Saturday morning.
This is Pakistan, so only a few walk on time and our lift is almost an hour late. We didn’t mind, we enjoyed walking after breakfast in the guesthouse garden, watching apples fall from trees and apricots drying on the shelves.
When we drove to Ghulkin, we passed the Dutch and Hamish left. A man from Singapore at Rehan’s house (also left that day) said that they had all been there for the past 2 nights (Karakoram Bikers, the agency we all use in Gilgit recommended Rehman). We were the only ones there that night that we wanted to hear when everyone slept together in their room, the traditional Hunza room, and that meant we had …
Rafting in Bali, of course challenging! Want to try it?
Rafting or also known as rafting has become a trend nowadays. Aside from being a sports facility, rafting is also preferred because it is very challenging for the adrenaline of the actors. Rafting is mostly done in steep river areas. Because that’s where the challenge is.
The meaning of Rafting
Rafting is an activity of rafting a part of a river that is considered cascade or rafting using certain means such as rubber boats, kayaks, canoes and paddles. There are a number of things you want to achieve in this rafting, which are for sports, recreation and expeditions.
This white water rafting Bali sport is carried out in groups. So it relies heavily on solidarity and teamwork as a whole. In fact, it can be said that the main factor in running this rafting sport is teamwork in an effort to get past all the obstacles faced in the river.
Skills are absolutely necessary in this sport. Like the ability to know the nature of the river, the ability to paddle and paddle in a steep river. In addition, physical abilities also become the main support in white water rafting.
The place that is usually chosen for white water rafting is usually a river that has a fairly strong current. This is where the challenge for each person is to …
Yellowstone is located on an active volcano! Three major eruptions have occurred in the last 2.1 million years, most recently 650,000 years ago. Magma only 3-8 miles down provides heat for thermal features at Yellowstone. The Upper Geyser Basin, home to the old faithful, is one of 3 large hot fountain basins along the Firehole River. We were there on a sunny day and we were treated to an eruption from 3 other geysers besides Old Faithful. For miles from the boardwalk, we passed many hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles.
At the north end of the park, boiling water and steam flow to the surface through limestone, which dissolves to form weak carbonic acid. When hot water reaches the surface, calcium carbonate is deposited to form a travertine terrace from Mammoth Hot Springs. This is the same process that forms a travertine pond in Pamukkale, Turkey.
The visitor center in Canyon Village has the incredible geological appearance of Yellowstone. Yellowstone River Canyon has thunderous waterfalls and multi-colored canyon walls resulting from ongoing geothermal activity.
The crater was left after the last eruption was filled with lava flows. Across the canyon from Tower falls is a remarkable example of the lava flow that cools slowly to form a Basaltic column.
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Friday May 31 – Walton Health – wake up this morning with tired feet after an attempt to climb yesterday’s hill on St George. Graham had been looking forward to playing Walton Heath for years. When we started ordering courses for this trip our only disappointment was that we couldn’t get a reservation at Walton Heath in the Old Course because everything had been ordered and we were offered a round in the New Course. We decided that New would be better than skipping it all. Imagine our joy when we talked to the starter and he remembered our booking request for the Old Course and he said we had come this far, he would blackmail us into the Old Course field. We were really happy and it set the tone for the day.
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About 25 km farther away, we saw our van and trailer entering the deep ditch and Ken looked confused. Apparently he stopped to take a photo and failed to apply the hand brake where he chose the least resistant road – vertically down. Ken called to ask for help, but fortunately after an hour or so, a passing truck pulled him out to continue the trip safely. Meanwhile we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant in Fukushima. Egg noodle soup is noodles and bean sprouts in soy sauce with a piece of pork floating on it without any signs of eggs.
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