When you return home from a trip of this magnitude, you deal with all the post-travel tasks i.e. laundry, bills, email followups, etc. Then you have an opportunity to think a little bit about your adventure.
A few random thoughts:
- I will remember and think often of the people we met along the trail and at the base hotel. The folks we met from Norway, Detroit, Australia, Chicago, London and yes…even Amherst, Nova Scotia… they were unique or special in their own way.
- The young people working at the hotel who taught us Swahili words, brought us beer and knocked on our door when dinner was ready. You rock! You made us feel “at home” and “welcomed”. I know you have it tough at home and you do this to help out your families. I hope your future is as bright as your SMILES that greeted us daily.
- The climb was probably the toughest thing I ever attempted and I freely admit, I near “crapped my pants” in anticipation but at the end of the day, it was a crazy, fantastic ride. Jump out of that comfort zone once in a while – it feels good.
- We took a two-week vacation but so many people are taking 6, 8, or 12-month treks to travel the world. Maybe in a few years I will be able to do that…here’s hoping!
- Yes, I took a lot of pictures so if you are interested in a seeing a few more outside of the blog, I posted a set of photos on my FLICKR site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/blaisem/sets/72157633958513662/
- Check back soon to see if I up to anything else worth blogging about 🙂