Another Mountain Adventure

Living life on the edge of the world is inherently complicated. The simplicity of a normal life continues to be replaced by a challenging reality, which often turns menial tasks into adventures. Ironically, it’s one of the things that I enjoy the most about our life on the mountain.

Before October break, we were informed that Ally and Kylee needed new passports by mid-January. In true Tembagapura-fashion, the task of getting those passports was anything but simple. The application process requires applicants and both parents to appear in person at a U.S. embassy or consulate so, we scheduled a trip to the embassy in Jakarta. Our initial plan was to go immediately after Ally returned from China in late-October, but we ended up having to reschedule it because of the wildfires, airport closures, an erupting volcano, more airport closures, Chris’s work schedule, and the rescheduling of the China trip (which was postponed until the last week of November due to the wildfires and airport closures). It’s never one thing that complicates things; it’s always a series of things.

Kylee and I flew to Bali last Thursday to meet Ally when she was in transit from China. Chris joined us on Saturday. It was a perfect set of circumstances that offered us three days to enjoy good food, shopping, and the sun before continuing on to Jakarta. Less than twenty-four hours of arriving in Jakarta (and, after a twenty-minute appointment at the embassy), we were back in the air on GA652, the wretched red-eye flight to Timika.

Until our next adventure…


The U.S. Embassy of Jakarta (photo courtesy of ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

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4 Responses to Another Mountain Adventure

  1. Don Doody says:

    I guess you have to develop a sense of patience living there. I’d frankly go mad. Keep ’em coming. I enjoy reading your travails.


  2. Bel Doyle says:

    Hi Kriste. A good friend of yours pointed me in the direction of your blog when we were up on the mountain recently for our site visit. Since then, I’ve read your blog inside out and have been following along. Thank you for sharing your adventure. You write with such honesty, and I really enjoy your wit and good humour! Bel.

    • Kriste Rose says:

      Hi Bel! I believe you were on the mountain having lunch with the ladies when we returned from Jakarta. I hope all went well during your visit. If you’re interested in reading other blogs, Google “Tembagapura Blogs” and you’ll find a handful of other great blogs. I clicked on the link to your blog and looked through it; you’re a great photographer! If you decide to make the move over — you’re all set to begin documenting your own adventures!! Nice to hear from you! – Kriste

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