Familiar Territory. And a Beetle. (Rachel Rawlings)

Today, we got to Chamba. It is so great to be back in familiar territory.  Before heading up to the Orchard Hut, our team made a stop in Chamba town to get our bags. James and I made a quick detour over to the Temple Ashram to see the girls really quick. Soni peeked around the corner, and I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to see somebody in my entire life. My happiness exponentially increased when Soni screamed my name at the top of her lungs and came running into my arms. I love her so so much!  We then proceeded to say hi to the rest of the girls. Janbibi has grown so much in the past year into a beautiful young woman. Saroj, Monika, Shilpa, Priyanka, Rohini…all of the girls are so beautiful. They were so happy to see us, and it was so good to hear that they all remembered me. Best hugs in the whole world! The Orchard Hut is as wonderful as ever. The best part here so far was jumping in the refreshing freshwater spring with the entire team. Such a thrill!

Yo H-Bomb (Hilari). You better be reading this. I just one-upped you at the Orchard Hut. You ate a caterpillar? Oh well, I just ate a Hercules Beetle. NBD.

I love my team. I love the Temple girls. I love India!