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The first leg, up the Machema (ma-CHE-may) route was 7 miles and over 4000 feet of elevation gain, but most of it on the second half. Felt a lot like doing Robertson from the Old Rag parking lot, but twice, and at 9000 feet above sea level.
One thing I forgot from my briefing is that they stressed that the trick to Kilimanjaro is "Pole Pole" (PO-lay PO-lay) - slowly slowly. This is a marathon being done only by me, most of it over that ...
... try a normal and assisted delivery on 9cm primip). The worst part was, he couldn’t even make up his mind what kind of tear it was and so we wonder, if you don’t even know the classification of the tear, how on earth can you repair it properly? It was a really challenging day mentally, emotionally, morally and professionally for both Danica and Tanya who were involved in rebutting the idea and supporting the woman and her family. It was also a real tragedy ...
... boots. I regret now not buying some good hiking boots! I had a little selection to choose from! I got some boots but they are very big and the laces are a bit broken, but oh well!
Tonight we had a great dinner in town with our team and two other directors of the school, Perry and Lizzy. They are not joining us on the trek but they came to wish us good luck!
We enjoyed a nice meal and some Kili beers. Tomorrow is the day!!
Last night, the last members of the charity climb arrived.
We were overjoyed to see the O'Briens. Kellie O'Brien is the founder of The O'Brien School for the Maasai. Her son, Matt came too. Matt has been my friend for many years and he is the one who encouraged me to volunteer at the school 2 years ago. I also met Nancy, Kellie's friend from Chicago, who was also joining us on our trek!
Poor Matt... Our group consists of 5 women and ...
... Tomorrow we would be going to the hot springs. How exciting. Something to look forward to.
In the morning we pile into the minivan to take us to the hot springs. I actually said to Danica on the way “what could go wrong?” as a joke. 45 minutes into our drive and the driver announces that we have to go back because of the heavy down pour yesterday, the bridge to get to the hot springs was flooded. Ahhh, just perfect! Haha, we are becoming the most ...