21th April, 2010- At Chhukung

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At Chhukung

Once again we hit the trail with clear blue skies .  We headed down hill to Chukkung today.  Will be nice to be at 15,609 feet for a few days.  We started out our morning with a small fording of the river.  Sounds like a glacial dam broke above, releasing flood waters.  The bridge that we had crossed less than a week ago was partially intact, but surrounded by rapids.  Once again, Ang Dawa and Ang Karma literally pulled us through.  We passed above Pheriche and remembered fondly the steamy hot shower we all enjoyed there.   From above Dingboche we had an amazing view of Island Peak.  Looks pretty small in comparison to nearby mountains, but still a little intimidating.  After lunch in Dingboche, began a gradual uphill to finish off our day in Chhukkung.  Marcie has added french fries to her list of things not to eat prior to afternoon uphill walks.   Jasminna is stiil trying to figure out a way to give water to the Sherpa  dogs along the trail.  After showers, ginger tea, and digestive crackers, we got to spend time talking with people who had just gotten back from Island Peak.  Sounds challenging, but we are feeling strong and ready.  We plan on practicing with our climbing gear tomorrow and getting pumped up.  Also, will be resting up for our big summit attempt in the wee hours  of the morning on April 24th. 

Stacee, Marcie, Lexi and Jasminna