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Mantralogy Tour: Trouble on the way to Tahoe

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August 21st, 2009

Stopping yet again to fill up on gas, hot air blasted into the car. Moving gradually westward, we’d finally reached the dry state of Utah.

‘This must be some kind of hell,’ someone complained. We were all hot, tired and after fifteen hours of driving, pretty cranky. We piled back in and continued driving. Suddenly, the landscape changed dramatically.Vast stretches of white salt lakes spread out in every direct – almost blinding in the bright sunlight.

‘Hey we should do a photoshoot,’ shouted Rasa from the back. ‘Pull over!’

Before any of us knew what was going on, Gaura veered off the road and into the sand of the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was only a matter of seconds before we realized the wheels had become complete stuck. In the searing heat of the day, we were stranded. Fortunately, we had some kirtan power on our side. Chanting mantras and using all our strength, we managed to unhook the trailer and lever it out of the sand.

Powered by kirtan! SOS!

Still time to space out. Plan B: Unpack the trailer and roll back to safety.

The desert heat makes Vish's Indian half happy Photoshoot time

‘Ok guys, get out your clothes, we’re still doing a photoshoot’, said Rasa, who’d been happily taking photos of us pushing the van. After a little protesting, we realized we might as well make the most of the opportunity, and got busy jumping and posing. Passing drivers must have been taken aback at the sight of eight people holding strange instruments and dressed in Indian clothes, jumping crazily around in the sand.

Before we packed up and continued to Tahoe, we decided to take one last shot of us all pretending to hitchhike. We didn’t expect anyone to actually stop, but only three minutes after we stuck out our thumbs, a big truck pulled over, offering to tow us to safety! He drove off again, looking more than a little confused and holding a copy of Ten Million Moons.

Spreading out on the roadside A rescuer pulls over as we pretend to hitchhike

Gaura explains that we're not really stranded Take a free CD!

Maybe hitching a ride out isn't such a bad idea...

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4 Comments on “Mantralogy Tour: Trouble on the way to Tahoe”

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be actually something which I feel I might by no means understand. It seems too complicated and extremely large for me. I am taking a look forward to your next publish, I will try to get the grasp of it!

  2. aishwarya says:

    hari hari bol pamho dear devotees those pics r really so nice n the kirtans r awesome …….
    continue ur journey of preaching with such kirtans ….

  3. Gopika priya says:

    I love you all!!
    thanks for making me happy with your fantastic kirtans!
    i wish u all a hapyy life in krishna conciouss,
    Gopika priya
    from Rosario, Argentina(U should come one time :p)

  4. Bhavesh Das says:

    Did you get a chance to see the beautiful Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork Utah?

    I live in Salt Lake City. If I would have known you were coming through I would have invited you all to rest for a bit and have some prasad.

    I wish you well on your journey.

    I really love that last pic of you all. It Rocks!


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