have friends have commented during the last few days
that they are having “dispatch withdrawal.” So this is
offered not as a “formal dispatch” by any means, but
just a piece of an e-mail received today by the family
that you may enjoy. (As background, the Rum Doodle is
a well know climbers pub, of historical renown, in
Rum Doodle was another interesting experience. When I
got there they didn't believe that I was a summiteer.
Fortunately, I had just picked up my slides and had
the digicam with me so I went through the pictures in
traditional and digital formats. It was really funny
to see all the Nepalese scrutinizing the evidence like
it was a crime scene. After that they called the
Ministry to confirm and then Elizabeth Hawley (the BBC
archiver). When they finally got the word everyone
was very happy and the book came right out as they
pushed me to the wall to sign. It was really nice. I
was the only person there and they all made a big
fuss… lots of photos, first signing things, and then
portraits with all the staff members. They kept
pouring fresh drinks and in the end told me everything
was on the house.
Like Mohan told me when I got
here, "Nepal starts sour and finishes very sweet."
Off to bed now; a busy day
here tomorrow before a 2 o’clock flight.
Those of us following Charlie
have been brought together and have shared many moments and emotions over the
past several months. He will be bringing back a few things from Nepal and the
expedition, photographs, and many stories, a few of which we’ll get him to
share on Friday night, June 6, 7:00 at the Val Air in West Des Moines. You
are welcome to join the celebration!