Day 2 | ABC Trek
I was by myself, cold and tired, when I walked up through the last village for today's trail section. No mountains were in sight, just the green hillsides and valley below and behind. I walked through the narrow alley leading to our guesthouse. When I stepped into this big courtyard opening, my jaw literally dropped at the sight of the massive Dhaulagiri peak towering above, the 6th highest mountain in the world, and the cheerful Nepali dudes playing volleyball. I was not prepared for such visceral beauty. If you know me, you know that there's no way I could just walk past this and not play! Even though I just hiked for 6 hours, I dropped my backpack in my room, bundled up bc it was bitterly cold, and jumped in the game. We played until dark. I sprained my ankle like 30 minutes in, and maybe because my foot was already kind of numb from the cold, or adrenaline, it didn't feel bad in the moment. I though it was a very mild because my ankle didn't hurt. So I kept playing on it. After dinner, walking was a struggle. The next morning it was swollen and bruised, terribly painful to even just stand on. Luckily one of the guests in our group was a doctor. He said I sprained some metatarsal ligaments below the ankle and called it some sort of tendinitis. He wrapped it for me, I put on my crocs to soften the blow with each step, strapped into my backpack, grabbed my bamboo trekking stick I didn't think I'd end up using, and kept on hiking- now with a little spiritual gangsta swagger in my step♀️
Needless to say the next 8 days of trekking were much different than the first two. I became hyper aware of each step, my right foot had to compensate which caused more discomfort.
But it was a beautiful thing. I went much slower, took more pauses, listened to my body as best I could, stayed positive, accepted it, and honored my strength.
Im still nursing my foot back to health in Kathmandu, when I'd much rather be solo exploring and hiking the Langtang valley. I almost went anyway, as Langtang isn't gnarley, but I honored the lesson of less doing and more being, and decided to be still and content healing instead 🏼
#poonhill #volleyball #annapurnas #abctrek - 7 hours ago