Big Crazy Family Adventure Leg 1 & Leg 2 Pictures

On Legs 1 and 2 of their 13,000-mile journey, the Kirkby family travels from Kimberley, British Columbia, to Busan, South Korea. See their pictures from the road, including Bodi’s sketches!

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Tibetan Mastiffs

Tibetan Mastiffs

The dogs in Lhasa, Tibet — called Tibetan mastiffs — may be stray, but Christine and Taj found out how friendly they can be. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's drawing of the family's train ride to Lhasa in the Chinese region of Tibet. 960 1280

  

To the Heart of Tibet

To the Heart of Tibet

The Kirkbys’ train from Xining to Lhasa, China, passes majestic mountains as it travels toward the heart of Tibet. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal drawing shows his visit with Yungla’s parents. 960 1280

  

Tibetan Mountains

Tibetan Mountains

Yungla's home is surrounded by the Tibetan mountains. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Bodi feeds the sheep during their visit to Yungla’s family home near Shigatse, Tibet. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's drawing of the drive to Old Tingri in Tibet. 960 1280

  

Gyatso La Pass

Gyatso La Pass

Prayer flags adorn the top of the 17,257-foot-high Gyatso La Pass, the highest point of the Friendship Highway. The Kirkbys stopped here on their way to Old Tingri and the Mount Everest base camp in Tibet.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Time to Stretch

Time to Stretch

Christine Kirkby gets Bodi and Taj out for a break and a leg stretch during the 10-hour drive from Shigatse to Old Tingri, China, along the Friendship Highway. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

The Mount Everest base camp, as Bodi drew it in his journal. 960 1280

  

We Made It!

We Made It!

Bruce, Christine and Taj Kirkby celebrate their arrival at the Rongbuk Monastery on the north side of Mount Everest. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

A little brotherly love between Bodi and Taj Kirkby as they rest at the base of Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath stupa. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus

New adventures are ahead for an excited Taj Kirkby as he and his family prepare to depart on the local bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park in Nepal. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Cooling Off

Cooling Off

Mother Christine Pitkanen keeps her cool in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park as the elephant she’s riding bathes after their morning safari.   960 1280

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Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's sketch of riding elephants and swimming in Chitwan National Park. 960 1280

  

Twilight on the Ganges

Twilight on the Ganges

Twilight along the revered Ganges River, where the Kirkbys’ chartered boat moors for the evening as the family rests inside.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Making Lassi

Making Lassi

The chief lassi maker at the Blue Lassi shop in Varanasi, India, entices Taj Kirkby to make his very own version of the drink. Taj eventually gets into the action and mixes pomegranates and yogurt into his handmade creation. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal sketch of the Taj Mahal and the horse and carriage that he helped steer to get to the landmark.  960 1280

  

Visiting the Taj Mahal

Visiting the Taj Mahal

“A pinch of perfect!” Bodi gets his hands on the very top of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal sketch of the Kirkby family’s experience driving from Agra to New Delhi, India, during a rainstorm at the start of monsoon season.  960 1280

  

Riding in Style

Riding in Style

The famed Hindustan Ambassador, an Indian-made car that, even though outdated and no longer in production, remains a ubiquitous icon of the country’s automotive industry. For this leg of the journey, the Kirkbys hire an Ambassador driver to take them from Agra to New Delhi, India.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Fresh 'Ink'

Fresh 'Ink'

The Kirkbys show off their henna tattoos at the Dilli Haat market in Delhi, India.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Train Games

Train Games

Bodi and Taj Kirkby enjoying a little game time as they travel through India, from Shimla to Manali, on a narrow gauge train.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Woodville Palace Hotel

Woodville Palace Hotel

The main entrance into the fabulous Woodville Palace Hotel, which was formerly the home of an Indian maharaja. The hotel boasts old-world style and character, coupled with modern amenities for travelers looking for a place to rest in Shimla, India. At the hotel, Bruce Kirkby explores family history and enjoys visiting with the royal family of Shimla. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Under the Stars

Under the Stars

As night settles, the Kirkbys enjoy another restful sleep under the Himalayan stars before continuing their 10-day trek into the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh, India. 960 1280

  

Walking the Ridge

Walking the Ridge

Bodi takes the lead with Christine and his younger brother, Taj, while trekking across a ridge through the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh, India.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley

Bodi looks over the Karsha village and Zanskar Valley from his new temporary home at the Karsha Gompa monastery. Over the past 3 months, Bodi has grown personally and spiritually in his journey to this remote outpost. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Gompa Monastery

Gompa Monastery

Lama Wangyal stands against the famed Karsha Gompa monastery, where he has lived his entire life, in the heart of the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh, India.  960 1280

GURMEET SAPAL  

Playtime

Playtime

Bodi and Taj Kirkby play with one of the student monks at the Karsha Gompa monastery in Ladakh, India.  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

'We Made It!'

'We Made It!'

The Kirkbys rejoice after they finally make it 13,000 miles, from their home in British Columbia to the tiny room where they will stay for the next few months at the Karsha Gompa monastery in Ladakh, India. 960 1280

GURMEET SAPAL  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal entry depicting the cliffside Kasha Gompa monastery in the Zanskar Valley, the final destination in the family’s 13,000-mile journey. 960 1280

  

Visiting the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall of China

The Kirkbys pose for a picture during their visit to the Great Wall of China. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi re-creates the family’s trip to the Great Wall of China. 960 1280

  

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Bodi Kirkby stands on the train platform as Taj and Christine get their gear unpacked from the overnight trek to Xining, China. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

This picture from Bodi’s journal was drawn after the family took a train from Xining, China. 960 1280

  

Prayer Wheel

Prayer Wheel

The Kirkbys explore a large prayer wheel in Guìdé, China, and Bodi and Taj attempt to rotate the mighty structure. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi draws his version of a large prayer wheel in China. 960 1280

  

Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night

The glow of tent lanterns illuminates the night as the Kirkbys camp on shore of Qinghai Lake in Amdo province, on he border with Tibet 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi Rides a Yak

Bodi Rides a Yak

While on the road to Qinghai Lake, the Kirkbys get the opportunity to meet some local farmers. They persuade Bodi to take a ride on one of the farmers' yaks as the family migrates along the lake. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's drawing of fishing in Tibet. 960 1280

  

Guìdé’s Prayer Flags

Guìdé’s Prayer Flags

The family takes an afternoon hike to Guìdé’s prayer flags. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

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