A cropped image. Not a good picture. But, great sight it was. I am keen on going back for them. And, soon a vulture - Egyptian ?? - glided very close to us. We went crazy. Sirish & Megha took some snaps. Megha was following its flight so closely that she stepped on a slimy rock &amp; fell ;-))
Jagadish gave the instructions and came down rappling. Sunand tried to impress us with some fast rappling, but Mamtha who was handling the ropes made sure that it wasn't loosened fast enough!!! The first to come down amongst us was Manasa. Watch her bent knees, thats a definite no-no. She came down quite cool-ly though.
Next to come down was Sirish. He was uncomfortable. He faced the classic problem of trusting. trusting the rope, and the people up. Many of us go thru it.
Sunand, at the bottom was handling the landing operations. Jagadish was pushing people down & Mamtha controlled the ropes.
Megha banthu Megha...Megha banthu Megha
Megha Neeliyya Megha...Megha mandhara Megha!!!
Hey...this girl had a cool walk down. She seems to be smilling in this snap. Boy!!!
The 'Awesome' cousins after their rapple (awesome was their most used adjective).
This is how Kiran started rappling. Notice the pond in the background.
And then me. Guyz made me stop in the middle, turn towards the camera, smile etc etc And, since I used to give funda's like look up....watch for the vultures as you come down etc. etc. They insisted that I stop, look-up & enjoy. Well, well. Thirugubanna ;-)
Last to rapple down was Ajay. He started normally, as seen here, but as he came to the middle region, started mouthing some Lalloo dialogues - guy can mimic Lalloo quite well - as he had us amused, he rappled down quite fast, continued his tirade, and..and..forgot to jump down. I mean, you walk back horizontally, when you are close to the ground, you kind-off jump down. Our man was so immersed in those lalloo dialogues, that he forgot to look down and jump, instead simply landed horizontally!!! He soon stood up all smiling ;-)
Hum ne bhi tere har ek pall ko
Galle se lagaye hey, hain na ??
Most of us had a second round of rappling. And, soon it was time to pack-off.
We went back, had a tender-coconut each, collected our ruck-sacks, and trekked back to the base-camp. A significant event on the walk was the spider hunt. Sirish noticed a spider web which had a cricket caught in it. This web was on the ground, those thick diffuse kind of web. Not the usual 2-d stuff, but proper 3-d web. So this cricket was caught, and as we watched it, a big spider showed itself from under, and attacked the cricket. The first attack though swift was unsuccessful for reasons unknown. The cricket seemed to be immobolised by the web. It showed no signs of escaping. In its second attack, the spider was successfull. It held the cricket firmly - rather seem to hug it closely - I suppose it would have injected something & immobolised it. The cricket was still. We had to hurry back. My camera battery was down.
Well guyz this is how our Ramanagara trek turned out to be. The rain gods kept away. The comradery was unbeliveable. Jagadish as a leader was superb. Frankly, what I perhaps would treasure most was the closeness the group developed, and the sharing that happened. Yes, vultures, man..... I need to get back.
Hey Zindagi galle lagga ley
Hum ne bhi, tere har ek pall ko
Galle se lagaya hey, hai na ??
Special thanks to KMA , Sunand & Jagadish for making Ramanagara happen despite the rain scare. October 28th night to 30th night.