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Abandoning the trek was the right decision. Even the 2.5-hour hike back down today was strenuous. With our short-sleeved clothes still wet, we were sweating buckets in our reserve long-sleeved shirts. I think that I (temporarily) lost five pounds.

I have to hand it to the Nepalese villagers. They’re strong, hearty, and hardworking. We don’t see the idleness that we witnessed in African villages. (Granted, it is a little cooler here.) They are either washing clothes in the river or at the village faucet, gathering grasses and ferns in giant baskets on their backs for their meals or to feed their cows and buffalo, or harvesting rice in the paddies. Both young and old work. Of course, there’s tremendous poverty here. But the Nepalese have one thing that Africans don’t: an unlimited supply of clean, mountain water.

From Nathan: Probably to Aidan’s delight, it was a much shorter trek. I am kinda happy to be not trekking, because the teahouse was dirty and very small. We still get to see the Himalayas on an airplane, which is still cool.

We checked into the Temple Tree Resort and Spa. Perhaps we should be ashamed of ourselves, but it was a relief to walk into the room and find a Western-style toilet. I was so excited that I took a picture. The boys were focused on the pool.

From Aidan: We are now staying in a resort – a nice resort. Today Nathan and I swam for a long time in the pool. It was the nicest pool we have had on the trip. Surprisingly, we found it in Nepal.

We worked out an arrangement with the tour operator, Outshine Adventure.  Since we won’t need four nights of lodging and meals on the trek and we won’t need the services of our guide and porter, the manager will cover the expense of this hotel for four nights. He’s being very accommodating, as I know that the change is eating into his profits. We will incur added expenses for food and any excursions, but I’m willing to live with that.