A Tibetan Journey of a Thousand Kilometers Began with One Bold Step.
"Impossible" was what everyone told Brandon Wilson and his wife Cheryl when they began talking about walking a 1000-kilometer ancient pilgrimage trail across Tibet. But those "impossibilities" only made them more determined. Their quest to become possibly the first Western couple to trek this trail across the earth's most remote corner was far from your usual travel fare some even called it sheer lunacy. It was certainly far from easy or predictable.
Yak Butter Blues-A Tibetan Trek of Faith is an edge of your seat tale of survival. Alone, with only their stalwart Tibetan horse Sadhu, the Wilsons faced Tibet's ruthless environment head-on: the blistering winds, extreme temperatures, sandstorms, blizzards, and the thinnest of air made all the more challenging by exhaustion, hunger, illness, inflexible bureaucrats and implacable, trigger-happy Chinese soldiers.
Although the land and climate left their imprints daily, an even more lasting impression on these adventurers was created by Tibetan pilgrims, monks and generous villagers eager to share what little they possess: yak butter tea, the warmth of their family's fire, camaraderie and a steadfast trust in the Dalai Lama's return.
Inadvertently, the couple became an invaluable witness to a culture pushed to the brink of extinction by brutal occupation. The author sympathetically interweaves the story of Tibet's current plight and struggle to survive into their own.
Along this simple path, the Wilsons discovered the human link connecting us all, a link that becomes clearest on a trek that removes the distractions of modern life as it unveils the truths of "deliberate travel." In doing so, the couple found a sense of greater purpose, wonder, a renewed faith and ultimately what it takes to endure.
This colorful, candid, caring and classic tale leads readers along on a physical, spiritual and emotional pilgrimage across this startling land on a thousand-kilometer odyssey once called "Impossible."...Continua