18th April, 2010- Lobuche

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Started off our morning saying good bye to Vicki.  The trail started off in a flat river bed.  We then stopped for an early lunch, before the grunt up hill.  Made it to the Everest Memorial, where they memorialize climbers who have died on Everest.  No worse for the wear, we made it to Lobuche.  It took us about 5 hours to go approximately 2.5 miles. Whew!  Now at 16,269 feet.  We then took a short rest and then took about a half mile walk UP.  The views were great of the Khumbu Glaciers.  Definitely a change in the scenery and weather.  Starting to spit snow across the barren landscapes.  Have been enjoying trees  and flowers.  Now harsh in contrast.  Tomorrow we will go to Gorakshep.  If weather is cloudy will go on to Everest base camp.  If weather is clear, will see view from Kalapathar.  We are all still feeling well.  However, do see an occasional person being  “assisted” down.  Feeling thankful and lucky to have such great Sherpa guides.

Stacee, Marcie, Lexi, Jasmina