Over the years, our dear friend Scotty has reminded us of the saying “Where there is water, there is life”.
The long and wide Sun Kosi (Soon-Ko-See) River gave us a beautiful, life abundant corridor through rural village life in Nepal. In our week long float we saw so many kids out fishing, swimming, and floating down the river. Most of the time they were out there on there own – no adults around, totally free and totally fine. It made me wish the kids in the states could run around like that experiencing nature. There were many animals everywhere including buffalo, goats, pigs, monkeys, chickens, and cows!
The people living along the river were super curious about our river crew. They would come to the beaches that we camped at and check things out. A man named Tak Bhaduru Khaoka greeted us at our camp and then invited us to his village. It was an incredibly beautiful village with mango and banana trees, terraced fields for growing rice, corn and millet, tons of animals and TONS of KIDS! It turns out that Tak has two wives in neighboring houses and together they have 16 kids! Most of his kids are grown and he has 7 grand kids now too! This was a happy man. One of his wives gave us bananas and fresh buffalo curd- which seemed like a yogurt and cottage cheese combo. It was very rich and felt so treaty!
It was different going down the river as clients. The guides took great care of us. They cooked, cleaned and basically did all the work. We got to row and kayak and enjoy not having any of the responsibility. It was great to learn different systems and to be with good river people! These four had so much river time and they had known each other forever too. The water was flat for the most part due to low water, but there were some good sized rapids and I (Lil) managed to flip our boat in a wave on a rapid called Rhino Rock. The weather was warm and the water was a beautiful green. When we would pull up to camp every night we always has a giant white and gold sand beach to host us.
After a week of river time it was time to take out. First, everything went onto a jeep and we drove to meet the bus. Then, everything went onto a public bus! Justin says that the Nepali are can do people and I agree- They make things happen. For example, not only did we ride a public but 15 hours back to Kathmandu with all of our gear: kayaks, oar rigs everything in it and on-top of it but for the first hour a man had to ride on the top of the bus to make sure no power lines would get caught on the gear! They made it happen.