Big Crazy Family Adventure Legs 5-9 Pictures

During the second half of their 13,000-mile journey, the Kirkby family traveled from the mountains of Tibet and into the heart of India. 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  

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Goodbye British Columbia, Hello India!

Goodbye British Columbia, Hello India!

Bodi Kirkby helps his family pack the car for the road trip from Kimberley to the Columbia River, where they will canoe 100 miles to their next stop, the Rocky Mountaineer train, which they’ll ride to Vancouver, British Columbia. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Canoeing Down the Columbia River

Canoeing Down the Columbia River

Bruce's view from the canoe as he and Christine paddle down the Columbia River. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi recaps the day with a journal entry sketch of fishing on the Columbia River. 960 1280

  

Fishing in the Columbia River

Fishing in the Columbia River

Bodi stands along the banks of the Columbia River, pole in hand, fishing. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Christine, Bodi and Taj (standing in front of Christine) wave to the oncoming Rocky Mountaineer train in Golden, British Columbia. Related: World's Best Family Train Trips 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi sketches his impression of the approaching Rocky Mountaineer train. 960 1280

  

Breathtaking Views from the Rocky Mountaineer

Breathtaking Views from the Rocky Mountaineer

Christine and Taj take in the breathtaking views of the Golden countryside from aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. The train is taking the Kirkbys to Vancouver, where they will visit with Bruce’s family for a few days before boarding the Hanjin Ottawa container ship bound for Busan, South Korea. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Goodbye, for Now, Vancouver

Goodbye, for Now, Vancouver

Bodi takes in the view from aboard the Hanjin Ottawa container ship as it slowly travels under the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi captures the trip with his journal sketches for Day 9, boarding the Hanjin Ottawa, and Day 10, setting out underneath Lions Gate Bridge. 960 1280

  

Hanjin Nears Russia

Hanjin Nears Russia

Bruce captures a misty shot of another container ship gliding along in the distance past a Russian mountain range. The green of the shore was the first sign of land the family had seen in over two weeks and was very welcome sight!  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Busan's Jagalchi Fish Market

Busan's Jagalchi Fish Market

Busan or bust! The Kirkbys arrive in Busan, South Korea, after 2 weeks. They take the opportunity to stretch their legs and explore the city’s Jagalchi Fish Market. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi captures a moment he remembers from the Jagalchi Fish Market. 960 1280

  

Dinner Prep in Seoul

Dinner Prep in Seoul

Christine prepares dinner for the boys in their second homestay in Seoul. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi’s journal sketch captures his time on the Hangang River Ferry Cruise. 960 1280

  

En Route to Qingdao, China

En Route to Qingdao, China

The Kirkby family travels on the overnight Weidong Ferry en route to Qingdao, China. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Welcome to Qingdao, China

Welcome to Qingdao, China

Bodi and Taj hang out in the Weidong Ferry Station in Qingdao, China, while Christine and Bruce are nearby making transportation arrangements for their next destination. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Photos

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  

Goodbye British Columbia, Hello India!

Goodbye British Columbia, Hello India!

Bodi Kirkby helps his family pack the car for the road trip from Kimberley to the Columbia River, where they will canoe 100 miles to their next stop, the Rocky Mountaineer train, which they’ll ride to Vancouver, British Columbia. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Canoeing Down the Columbia River

Canoeing Down the Columbia River

Bruce's view from the canoe as he and Christine paddle down the Columbia River. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi recaps the day with a journal entry sketch of fishing on the Columbia River. 960 1280

  

Fishing in the Columbia River

Fishing in the Columbia River

Bodi stands along the banks of the Columbia River, pole in hand, fishing. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Christine, Bodi and Taj (standing in front of Christine) wave to the oncoming Rocky Mountaineer train in Golden, British Columbia. Related: World's Best Family Train Trips 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi sketches his impression of the approaching Rocky Mountaineer train. 960 1280

  

Breathtaking Views from the Rocky Mountaineer

Breathtaking Views from the Rocky Mountaineer

Christine and Taj take in the breathtaking views of the Golden countryside from aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. The train is taking the Kirkbys to Vancouver, where they will visit with Bruce’s family for a few days before boarding the Hanjin Ottawa container ship bound for Busan, South Korea. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Goodbye, for Now, Vancouver

Goodbye, for Now, Vancouver

Bodi takes in the view from aboard the Hanjin Ottawa container ship as it slowly travels under the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi captures the trip with his journal sketches for Day 9, boarding the Hanjin Ottawa, and Day 10, setting out underneath Lions Gate Bridge. 960 1280

  

Hanjin Nears Russia

Hanjin Nears Russia

Bruce captures a misty shot of another container ship gliding along in the distance past a Russian mountain range. The green of the shore was the first sign of land the family had seen in over two weeks and was very welcome sight!  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Busan's Jagalchi Fish Market

Busan's Jagalchi Fish Market

Busan or bust! The Kirkbys arrive in Busan, South Korea, after 2 weeks. They take the opportunity to stretch their legs and explore the city’s Jagalchi Fish Market. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi captures a moment he remembers from the Jagalchi Fish Market. 960 1280

  

Dinner Prep in Seoul

Dinner Prep in Seoul

Christine prepares dinner for the boys in their second homestay in Seoul. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi’s journal sketch captures his time on the Hangang River Ferry Cruise. 960 1280

  

En Route to Qingdao, China

En Route to Qingdao, China

The Kirkby family travels on the overnight Weidong Ferry en route to Qingdao, China. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Welcome to Qingdao, China

Welcome to Qingdao, China

Bodi and Taj hang out in the Weidong Ferry Station in Qingdao, China, while Christine and Bruce are nearby making transportation arrangements for their next destination. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

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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