Friday, June 09, 2006

The Nicest Army the World


At the end of our eight day trek we came upon a group of Indian Army soldiers who had just completed training. They had spent a month in the backcountry and had climbed the massive Baigrathi Peak.

Nick and I spent the last grueling day walking back over the Gangotri glacier, towards civilization, hot chai and tasty parathas. We ran into some bad luck the last two days in the backcountry as our butane stove had problems and basically we had been without hot food for two days.

After a four hour hike we reached the Army's staging post and base camp. There were about seventy five army soldiers hanging out and forty tents set up. The senior most army man invited us into the field kitchen and we were treated to rice and daal and a whole bowl full of dehydrated potato chips. It was the tastiest food we had eaten in days. And we were shocked by the welcoming we recieved by the army.

They were incredibly nice. For the time being our faith was restored. The Indian Army was really, really nice to us.

Love to all.

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