Call It Backpacking

Occasionally, the heavy pack can be off your shoulders – here I've just bartered my knife for two pounds of delicious cheese, which made the young shepherd (note the characteristic Romanian cowboy hat) we met in the Lala Valley on our first day in the Rodnei Mountains (August 1981) so happy that he insisted on his poor horse carrying my backpack. I'm not sure that I got it right (Romanian is similar to French) but it seems he was carrying back some of the cheese made at the shepherds' hut that they were obliged to deliver to the dairy in the town before they could re-purchase it from the co-op (actually state-owned). When I asked about the bears, he said they preferred horse meat or mutton to humans. All the local people we met in the mountains of Romania in those days, although they often looked wild, were friendly and helpful.

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yatsek

yatsek - Jul 12, 2009 5:16 pm - Hasn't voted

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Thanks very much, Marc. Talking of Summit Post, I just couldn't agree more. SP combined with the English language make our Global Campground absolutely amazing. I can see CA's Sierra Nevada through your eyes, visit corners of the Balkans I didn't manage to get to (not to mention the Red Larryzona:)), and talk to mountain souls living quite near here whose first language is completely incomprehensible to me.

Cheers
Jacek

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jul 12, 2009 7:20 pm - Voted 10/10

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Yes, I guess you could say I've had a lot of
fun behind the "Iron Oxide" curtain.

I still feel my learning experience is far
from over in life. Even though the internet
can be viewed as a "window," I still feel the
URGE to look into people's actual faces,
and discover the true story in their eyes.

Besides, I haven't seen one of THESE yet !!!

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Jul 12, 2009 8:04 pm - Voted 10/10

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Pretty cool, Larry.
Very creative, as usual.
I feel that this is a pretty big world, and I have no doubt these guys actually exist. I trust a few people who have actually seen them in Nepal and Tibet.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jul 12, 2009 9:14 pm - Voted 10/10

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You're correct, Marc!

Just look at Jacek's photograph. Check out
those cool trees in the background.

Just speculating, but there could be unknown
species living amongst those trees that
mortal man has not yet witnessed.

In fact, the possibilities are endless ...

yatsek

yatsek - Jul 13, 2009 5:08 am - Hasn't voted

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Larry,
Why don't you come over here then? You'll see mysterious tracks, and if you pop in a pub on the edge of the forest, you'll see more than one of THOSE; what's more - if you take a closer look through a golden pint - you may be lucky enough to recognize a virtual pal and look him straight in the eye.

yatsek

yatsek - Dec 31, 2011 7:35 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Actually, it seems to me it's you who's awesome: an artist, scientist and goat-keeper in one! You make me think of one of my favourite books by Ursula Le Guin. As to the photo, it's one of my favs too.

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