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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Goin' back to Kathmandu

Hello fellow arm chair travelers,

Robert has made his plans and packed his bags. He has or will soon walk the 5 or 6 hours down the mountain from EBC to the helicopter site at Pheriche.  He will have a (awesome/scenic) flight back to the capitol city of Nepal, Kathmandu and then a (always interesting) ride from the airport to the Hotel Courtyard where I am sure he will be warmly greeted by our friends, Pujan and Michelle, owners of this quiet oasis in Thamel. Robert will be able to unwind from his travels with a clean and quiet room and a warm shower (Heaven or close to it.)  The grill will most likely be fired up with steaks and chicken on the menu. I am sure there will be a lively conversation and a friendly atmosphere, a most welcome change from the past week of stress, sorrow and disappointment.

Ruth Kay,  Robert's Mom is finishing her packing after rescheduling her flights and will arrive in Kathmandu on Wednesday April 30.  Together, she and Robert will visit our extended family before she is off to Perth, Australia to visit family and friends there.

Robert has not scheduled his return to Nebraska.  I am sure he will have to wait a week or more for his gear bags to arrive from EBC. With the shortage of Sherpa staff, this could be longer.

Our son Chris said that, when on the phone with his Dad, people from National Geographic were arriving at EBC by helicopter and that yaks were bringing up, (did I hear him right) 20,000 lbs. of camera equipment and gear. Robert told Chris that they may be interviewing him. Cool.

There is not much else to report from here but you might want to check out for more details on the Everest closure.

Thanks for your interest,
Patty Kay
Lincoln, NE

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