Preparation — Diane’s Perspective

To say the last month has been stressful would be a bit of an understatement. As Patrick already told you in his blog post, things have been a bit crazy for us. He has worked extremely hard getting things ready for our trip, finalizing stuff for his parents’ estates, etc. Yes, we’ve done lots of shopping which under any different circumstances, I would say would be terrific. However, with a list that measures as long as the height of Kilimanjaro (4 miles), I don’t think that even Paris Hilton could go the distance. One list after another and I thought that I might lose my mind. After organizing, sorting and reviewing several times it was afternoon on Saturday (departure day) and we were finally ready to start packing. I must say that even I was a bit impressed with our ability to get everything into two 38 litre packs. This really was due to Patrick’s attention to detail and endless lists, but boy oh boy it was a tough process for me. You will need to check back with me in a few months to see how I am faring with only one pair of shoes, a pair of sandals, and limited clothing.

Patrick and I had lots of help from family and friends in preparing for our world adventure. I want to tell you all again how much we appreciate your support along the way. Even my precious Skyler thought he should test out my new down North Face jacket for comfort and warmth. I think he thought that it would pass the test. What do you think?

Patrick and I also tested out our stuff by washing and wearing it several times to make sure that everything fit right and would be appropriate for our trip.

Waxing our boots with the use of Kevin’s hot air gun worked great and hopefully this will keep the rain/snow out when we climb Kili.

But by far for me, the most challenging part of preparing for this trip was saying goodbye to family and friends. The goodbye parties were greatly appreciated and we both feel extremely privileged to have such great family and friends. We love you all and will miss you.

I know that we are blessed to have an opportunity to embark on such a fabulous adventure and we are both looking forward to sharing our experiences with you. I am sure that I will be feeling home sick much sooner than later so please feel free to post your comments and send email.

Until next time, lots of love,
Diane

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2 Responses to Preparation — Diane’s Perspective

  1. Annette says:

    Hey DianeWe miss you already!! I’m thinking you didn’t train well enough for your shopping adventures. If any one else decides to take on this type of adventure, I will volunteer my time and train long and hard for the shopping part of the preparation for this race. Take care Diane, I will be thinking of you often in the months ahead. Keep up the “Diane’s Perspective” of the trip.

  2. Bev says:

    Hi Diane and Pat.All I can say is WOW. I saw the bags you take when you go away. It is amazing. You two should have a workshop for us poor saps who don’t know how to pack. That way we can shop when we get there and bring it all back. ha ha. Have fun kids. Can’t wait to hear about more adventures. Don’t worry Diane I would have bailed when I saw the helicopter too.CheerioBev

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