Pic- Hike to Kedarnath
A few months before our move, the Watkinson family joined us for a hike to the Gangotri Glacier. We had done the hike to up to Kedarnath with the Ferreiras and Jono and Char in 1996 and now we were going to the source of the great Ganga River.
From my journal:
Left at 4.30 a.m. Gorgeous drive to Gangotri. Huge landslides and incredibly steep gorges. Drove over a 410-foot bridge. Awesome and scary. Nice weather with soft rain most of the way. Arrived at 2 pm. The trainees were waiting for us. Had lunch and all slept for two hours. Woke up with such a bad headache. This place is full of the dark side. Little men sitting in caves and tents doing all kinds of cultic stuff. Incredibly powerful waterfall and amazing rock formations.
Good sleep. Girls in one dorm, guys in another. Set off early for Bhojbasa. Vasanti pulled something in her leg and was in a lot of pain. She was determined to get there. Hiked for fourteen kilometres up to 12,385 feet. The guys took turns to carry Jordan in his carry seat. When the girls got tired they went on the mules; SO close to the edge at times. It was so good to get to Bhojwasa. Heard mice scuttling around all night.
Hike to Gangotri
Found all kinds of things in our shoes in the morning. The mice had fun while we were sleeping. Left early for Gaumukh. It was a challenging nine kilometre hike but not difficult. We went up to 13,000 feet. Did a lot of boulder climbing. Vasanti said it was too humiliating to get on the mule, so hobbled almost the entire way. When she finally gave in, she was healed instantly! SO funny. Amazing to be at the source of the Ganga. The glacier is HUGE. Saw massive blocks of ice breaking off and floating down the river.
We all stood on a big rock and prayed and prophesied over India for an hour. Good time. Really felt God’s presence.
It was a long walk back to Bhojbasa. I walked most of the way with Esther. Talked about how spiritually easy it had all been.
That night I had a really oppressive dream. It may have been a vision because I wasn’t able to get to sleep. I dreamt that I was thinking how easy it had been. Suddenly, Shiva’s face appeared. His mouth was huge and he was laughing right in my face. He said, “It was easy because I’m not afraid of you; twelve people praying on a rock. This has been my territory for decades. What do you think you can do?” The laughter was loud and intimidating. I was struggling to breathe but didn’t want to wake anyone up.
I woke up feeling really discouraged and oppressed. I told Tony about the dream on the hike back to Gangotri. I felt my throat closing up and I started gasping for air. Everyone prayed for me and I was fine. I knew it wasn’t true. I knew our prayers had made an impact. I knew Jesus was more powerful and that He had been there not just for decades, but from the beginning of time.
After a night in Gangotri we drove back to Mussoorie. It was going well until we hit very thick winter mist. It was so scary. We could barely see the road in front of us. Just before we got home, Tony and I saw two huge black holes in the mist. If we had been too distracted by them, we would have been over the cliff. When we got to our house, we were all shaken up but so happy.
A cup of tea later and we were all in bed. As my granddad used to say, “A nice cuppa tea and I won’t need no rockin’ tonight.