Climbing Kilimanjaro Day Three

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

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Writing and photography are my first and second loves and thanks to technology I have the ability to share with a larger audience, including family and friends. Gone are the days of lugging around photo albums after a trip and of keeping a written journal of the experience that only I would view. The days of the handwritten letters are gone, but blogging provides a chance to share ideas, thoughts and photographs with a few mouse clicks and to receive instant feedback from around the world. It provides an opportunity to research a new place and to see that place through the eyes of a multitude of people each with their own unique way of viewing and experiencing the world. It opens the world wide and allows us a front row seat. Blogging connects us and creates a family of support. It provides an outlet and a chance to perfect the craft of writing and story telling. When I sit in my living room drinking my coffee and see that someone from another part of the world has read my words, and then I read theirs, the world is much smaller and more attainable. We are more alike than different as we share uniquely human experiences. Once I had a dream of becoming a Journalist, but somehow life got in the way. I currently have a fantastic career in healthcare and know that I have made a difference so I have no regrets. Still, I wonder if there is time to explore the road less travelled?

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