We wake, I’m still not convinced I slept. I shake John gently and we wish each other a happy anniversary. How amazing to spend our seventh wedding anniversary on Mount Kilimanjaro with Porters, Guides and 25 of our new, best friends.
We get dressed, though this is now a struggle as I dig through my bag to find an item, set it aside and then start digging through my bag for the same item again. It’s frustrating but I’m aware enough to know that this new wrinkle is related to the altitude and my lower oxygen saturations. After much time, I make my way to the dining tent to save a seat for John while John takes our water bladders to the Porters to be filled.
Throughout the day our group makes this day special for us, by well wishes, charades, balloon flowers, special napkins and taking our pictures so many times. I am certain our seventh anniversary will be very difficult to top.
The hike today is steeper. The terrain is grassy but at times its difficult as we scramble over boulders. As we reach our destination, of third cave camp, the vegetation ends. Our elevation is now at 12,700 feet. We spend the day at third camp and I’m content to rest. Later we go on a acclimatization hike. At times during this hike, it is very difficult and I channel strong people in my life to get me through the tough sections.
Dinner tonight is potato soup, very tasty and filling. Soon it’s time for bed and I spend the final minutes digging through my bag for something that I can’t quite remember. The day ends much like it began
I sleep most of the night and awaken in the early morning with nausea, headache, diarrhea and a full bladder