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    Beautiful surroundings Bill. Thanks for sharing. And If I may, I visioned a bird of prey as the culprit here , taking off with your bag. The bird was most curious of this object you left unattended to. 😆
    That hit the sweet spot as soon as I read it. Bill-essence mobil home gets passed along. Backpack journey's onward. Love it.

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    What I admire about you Bill, is that you are the quintessential explorer of places, things, words, history and people. It is a trait many of us aspire to, as the spirit consciousness never is satiated. My understanding of a loss of something valuable is that the person who took it, needed it more.
    And why I think it was someone who lived among the rocks? We think we are alone but we are not. Nature does bear witness to our tramplings. Did you find any evidence of quinoa plants? The Incas were adept at growing that in high cool altitudes. The seeds so colorful!
    Thanks for bringing us along on your adventure. My intuition says you were standing on top of the ruins which may be below.
    When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandparent, dignified as a king. -- I Ching

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    Hi Bill
    This is my first entry on project Avalon.
    How wonderfully put, attachment is blinding and causes a sense loss rather than an acceptance of the inevitable - impermanence. To say goodbye with a sense of gratitude for the growth that loss gave is an encouraging example
    Many many thanks

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    Dear Bill

    Reminds me of getting off a bus in Belize and walking for less than a minute to find I had left my camera. I returned and the driver said he had not seen it. Kind of like being raped by someone you know and yet never knew at all. BTW got nose to nose with a black panther in a little zoo there - and saw lots of pumas too.

    Anywho - back to the Incas. They were the elite overseers and not the local people. The white sun-gods like Quetzalcoatl, Virachocha, Xolotl and the Chachapoyas all make for interesting research into why I know Balabanova's forensics on Egyptian Mummies with cocaine from this region are fact.

    You may have seen recent news about El Zotz - a new Mayan city. Zotz was the vampire god and his brooch on the Prince of Palenque found by archaeologist Ruiz to be a white man is part of my proofs. The DNA of Ainu is adding to it, and you probably know about the Sidhe or DNN I am developing proof of a connection with.

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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
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    Dear Friends:

    Here’s an interesting little tale, that got me thinking quite a lot about a whole bunch of stuff.

    The story starts with a small adventure here in Ecuador.
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    Bill,

    Lovely story and pics!

    Nice to see you are still enjoying being a mountain man.

    Best wishes,

    Kerry
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    Hi Kerry!

    Love that picture of you.


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    How was the water up there -- clean?

    Dog has a beautiful coat -- was that in any way the result of washing in the water?

    There don't seem to really be any trees?

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    How was the water up there -- clean?

    Dog has a beautiful coat -- was that in any way the result of washing in the water?

    There don't seem to really be any trees?
    • Water: very clean indeed!
    • Trees: at 12-13,000 ft, quite a bit above the treeline.
    • Mara the Dog: fell in the river and was almost swept down the rapids (I missed the video, but here she is scrambling to get out. She would have been fine, but she was a little shocked )



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    • Water: very clean indeed!
    • Mara the Dog: fell in the river and was almost swept down the rapids (I missed the video, but here she is scrambling to get out. She would have been fine, but she was a little shocked )
    Here's the video of the event (with Bill's excellent Spanish proficiency):



    Source : Tintin en el Tibet / Tintin in Tibet / Tintin au Tibet (Hergé, Belgium, 1960)

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    • Water: very clean indeed!
    • Mara the Dog: fell in the river and was almost swept down the rapids (I missed the video, but here she is scrambling to get out. She would have been fine, but she was a little shocked )

    Here's the video of the event (with Bill's excellent Spanish proficiency):



    Source : Tintin en el Tibet / Tintin in Tibet / Tintin au Tibet (Hergé, Belgium, 1960)


    That's hilarious... thank you!!

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    In the early '80s I was working for a local TV station. Our news director was contacted by a guy named Gene Savoy about a doing a documentary on some of the ruins he found down in Peru. This was shortly after Indiana Jones came out and everyone was excited about that stuff.
    He sent us down for a little adventure. I was doing the sound recording along with a camera man and a reporter. We spent two weeks in the mountains near Chachapoyas riding mules from site to site. Of course, none of the sites were excavated so all we saw were big walls and the round foundations of their buildings. No treasure hunting on this trip! We occasionally followed the old Inca road, which in many instances was built right over former dwellings as the foundations were incorporated into the road.
    As you mentioned, I also found it curious that these people would build their sites on the tops of mountains. At one site I remember the closest running water was about 500 meters straight down the side of the mountain. Not the most convenient location if you needed to do the washing. It was certainly defensible against enemies, but I doubt that was the main reason they built there. Maybe they had helicopters.
    All the stone foundations we saw were round in shape. I assume the round style buildings were because of earthquakes (it's a seismic area). In fact, I was awakened one night to the barking of dogs and crowing of roosters right before a little temblor hit.
    Anyway, didn't lose my backpack, only my common sense when I accepted an offer to try their homemade corn liqueur. Holy Toledo!

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    Perhaps some of the pumas had never seen humans before and were just out of your sight, but not theirs... all the time watching Ya'll with penetrating curiosity so that the minute an inanimate part of you was left behind, they rushed and snatched it, dragging to a sheltered place, their strange catch. Gleeful and Victorious.

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    A tiny little anecdote below, and (maybe) an important reminder to us about some other things.

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    Yesterday evening, I went for my regular evening hike with Mara my dog, the last little bit of which is crossing the local river, with my rubber boots on, to return to the house. It's only about 10 feet across, and there are natural stepping stones. Mara and I have quickly skipped across that many hundreds of times on our way home.

    But this time, for the first time ever, I slipped and just crashed. I ended up soaked to the skin in two feet of water, but (astonishingly!) didn't hurt myself. I lost one of my trekking poles, which I failed to find. It must have been swept downstream.

    What's unusual about this is that that never happens. Just never. I don't fall, trip, slip, or stumble. Just never, ever. I have an exceptional sense of balance. I'm a rock climber. I can't remember the last time anything like that occurred.

    I'm rationalizing it, of course: I was tired. I was a little hungry. I was thinking of something I might post on the forum, to start a new and interesting thread. I was watching Mara carefully to make sure she was okay crossing the river with her one eye, now with no binocular vision to judge distances well. (She was! )

    But when I got back to my desk, after a long hot shower, I advised the other moderators on the team here to maybe drive carefully for a while.

    And I lost a trekking pole. No big deal — at all — but like my lost backpack which inspired this thread, I'd had those for 20+ years and they'd been with me everywhere. Of course, there's now the opportunity to get another pair — to last me another 20+ years.

    That's because I can't buy just one. And as poet Piet Hein wrote, one of his grooks:

    Losing one glove is certainly painful
    But nothing compared to the pain
    Of losing one glove,
    Discarding the other,
    And finding the first one again.

    2)

    Of more import, very much on my mind right now, is the impermanence of friendships.

    Like trekking poles and backpacks, one might gratefully appreciate them as trusted allies for 20 years. Or 30. Or 40.

    But they, too, can abruptly and unaccountably disappear at any moment.

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    "I was thinking of something...", I somehow imagined you were always in a delightful 'no-mind' state during those mountain walks.

    Take care.

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    I once did a paper on the mountain lion. I looked it up in the encyclopedia at the library, it said see cougar.

    So I got the correct volume and looked up cougar. It said see mountain lion!

    Maybe it's best things are impermanent. Who'd ever know anything about big cats otherwise? Newer volumes fixed the error...
    If not now, then when?

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    Yesterday my friend's dog got hit by a car, and I'm still shook up. So is he. The dog is okay, just a little scratch luckily.
    She's escaped a few times before, either his fault or mine - but this time it was no one's fault, her chain clasp just fell apart near where it clips onto her collar. The worst part is we just got her a new unbreakable collar.... *sigh*

    Close calls like that really bring things into perspective that's for sure.

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