Up Through the Atmosphere

“Yesterday, I woke up at 1:30 a.m. to one hundred people banging around the dorm getting ready.  Okay, it was probably only twenty or thirty, but it sounded like a hundred.

At 2 a.m., I gave up on sleeping and went to “supper,” which consisted of breakfast.

At 3 a.m., a long line of headlamps scaled the mountain in the dark for 2.7 kilometers, up, up, up to the summit, 4,095 meters high.  At times, we were walking on a ledge about 6 inches wide and holding onto a rope with two hands, pulling ourselves along.  (It’s safe! Only a few people die a year.)

We reached the summit just as the very first rays of sun peeked over the mountains.  It was breathtaking…and freezing!  By the time I reached the top, I was wearing three layers of pants, four layers on top, mittens and a stocking cap.”

–August 23, 2013

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge verse for this week:

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

With tuppence for paper and strings, You can have your own set of wings, With your feet on the ground, You’re a bird in a flight, With your fist holding tight, To the string of your kite. Oh, oh, oh! Let’s go fly a kite, Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring, Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear, Oh, let’s go fly a kite!


10 thoughts on “Up Through the Atmosphere

    1. It was so crazy! I want to do a longer post on it with some other funnier, more disturbing pictures. However, it didn’t seem appropriate for the photo challenge today. Also, I’m afraid I’m getting a certain reputation. You know, for worms and graveyards and gore.

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      1. It’s a good adventure, but not a BIG adventure. It’s an ordinary, once-a-year adventure. Good adventures happen everyday, maybe even in your living room. Big adventures generally take some time and maybe even a little planning. A BIG adventure is putting all of your worldly possessions in a storage unit and backpacking through Malaysia for a month. We were supposed to go to Iran last year, but as of yet, we haven’t been able to get our visas.


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