From Steve King (Dog Man)
Good bye Jake, Hello Everest-Today we traveled from Namche Bazar to Khumjung. This was a spiritual day for me-never to be forgotten. My morning started at 5 AM, when I went outside to clears and refresh my mind by observing the beauty around me. Following breakfast, we left Namche and I started one of the most life altering days of my life. Our climb up the steep hill trail led north, where we visited the local dental clinic. Further along our exit from this location, I scattered the ashes of my deceased 15 yrs old Labrador retriever, Jake, in the bushes along the trail. I did this because Wongchu informed me that it would be bad Karma to deposit Jake near Mt. Everest, because Himalaya god do not dogs. Wonchu felt that perhaps our recent bad weather was due to carrying Jake. So, with this wisdom, I entered a grove of junipers and spread Jake with beauty, peace and harmony on moss-covered boulder. I managed to hold my tears when the clouds broke and we saw the unveiling of Thamserku, a 6500 m. peak. My life has now christened "dog man" and the peak re-named 'Jake's Peak. My life as changed and Buddhism will be apart of it. We continued upward to Syangboche, where I completed the ceremony by washing the bottle that held Jake's ashes, then burning juniper and incense. The remainder of the day was spectacular and fascinating, with first views of Everest, lohtse, Nuptse and Amadablam from the Everest View Hotel, a wonderful tour of the hospital at Khunde and a glorious sunset of our campsite framed by alpenglow upon Amadablam. I am a changed man and cherish my family and friends more than ever.