My three errant bags arrived late yesterday, felt like Christmas! Clean clothes, a hairbrush, shoes ahhhhh all the luxuries one could hope for. It was getting a tad weary to wash my one outfit out in the sink every night and put it on damp in the morning. I’m smelling and feeling like a new person today. Most of last night was spent organizing the gear and preparing for our now delayed departure. The expedition bags will fly possibly separately from us and reconnect with us somewhere in the Khumbu. We prepared a small backpack for a minimum of three days travel. How is it the guy’s bags look reasonably small and light while Brooke and I look like we have enough gear for a small country? I have my light sleeping bag, the -40 bag goes on to base camp, a light down coat, gortex in case of rain, various things like toothpaste, sunblock and ipod and a decant luxury -my old flat feather pillow! Imagine that a down pillow complete with a Laura Ashley pillowcase is accompanying me to Everest…be still my heart.
But now we wait and wait and well…wait. Weather is the supreme decision maker in the mountains and certainly rules in the Himalaya and the weather is not looking too great for a departure today.
Good thing I am at the Hyatt reminded of the exotic world outside my door and reminded of the abundance of culture, sights and sounds that await. I think the Buddha Eyes are smiling.