DAILY PHOTO: David Scott Trail, Meghalaya

 

 

 

Taken on April 17, 2017 on the David Scott Trail

 

This was the view were we came off the trail near Lad-Mawphlang

 

I’m back after three weeks traveling about the Indian Northeast, i.e. the states of Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. And I’ve got a pile of pics.

The David Scott Trail is a hiking trail that was built as a carriage trail from Burma into India at the behest of the British colonial leader whose name it bears. Since it was made for traffic by animal-drawn carriages, it makes for easy hiking. It’s a scenic trail. It should be noted that (like most trails in India) it isn’t well-marked, however, the fact that it is wider than most trails and has old paving stones along much of the route makes it fairly easy to avoid getting lost.

We hiked only the section from Mawphlang to Lad-Maphlang. It’s an easy day hike.

POEM: The Certain Man

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I met a man

along the road

who thought he knew

which way to go.


Certain was he;

he knew the path.

He had a map.

He’d done the math.


“Your map won’t help

you now, I fear.

Past the map’s edge

the world turns queer.”


“I’ll find my way,

be sure of that,”

the man dismissed

with words he spat.


When I returned,

an hour ago,

I passed a car-

cass in the snow.


No doubt, twas he,

the certain man–

hit a blizzard

in burning sands.

DAILY PHOTO: Sign of Our Times

Taken in Great Himalaya National Park in July of 2015

Taken in Great Himalayan National Park in July of 2015

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Back in my day, we had the “Scenic Overlook.” Now when you’re trekking they have the “Mobile Phone Access Point.” Thoreau would cry.

DAILY PHOTO: Mountain Shrines

Taken in July of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

Taken in July of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

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DAILY PHOTO: One Mountain, Two Lightings

Taken in July of 2015 at Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

Taken in July of 2015 at Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

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DAILY PHOTO: Himalayan Valley

Taken in June of 2015 in the Great Himalayan National Park

Taken in June of 2015 in the Great Himalayan National Park

DAILY PHOTO: Mountain Scene

Taken in June of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

Taken in June of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

DAILY PHOTO: Across a Great Valley

Taken in June of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

Taken in June of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park