Mon, 06/09/2008 - 21:22 — skress
Hi everyone, I returned home a week ago. Sorry I have not posted until now. I had a good flight from Kathmandu to Hong Kong and spent a night in Hong Kong with some friends. I want to say thank you to Jeff and Christie for being such great hosts for my short stay in your home. It was a pleasure. It was also great to see Eddy. What a coincidence that he was in Hong Kong at the same time as me. From Hong Kong I flew to Vancouver and then home.
Upon arrival in Toronto I was met be Susan, Amy and Colin. It was amazing to see them. Everyone was very excited, including me. I had been away from home for 10 weeks by this point. Amy and Colin were holding a welcome home sign that they had made. The sign said that “our Daddy climbed Mount Everest”. This got them a fair bit of attention as they were waiting for me. Everyone wanted to talk to them to hear about it. When I arrived, many of these same people also came up to shake my hand and congratulate me.
Amy and Colin looked so big when I saw them. It seems they have grown a lot in ten weeks. They were taller and bigger and knew so many new things.
When I got home I was hoping to spend a few days decompressing, but once people heard I was home they wanted to talk to me and see me. I went right back to work preparing for meetings and training sessions. Pretty quickly it seemed as though I had never left.
The question now is what did this experience mean for me? I’m not sure I can answer that question just yet. I may need some time to digest it all. It still seems a little unreal. I had always wanted to climb Everest, but it always seemed a little out of my reach. Perhaps for this reason it does not seem real. Did I really climb Mount Everest? Yes I did!
It is great to be home and I thank you all for following and supporting me. This blog was an important part of my Everest experience and you were all a part of it.
I will do one last posting that will be a wrap up of the expedition, my thoughts, feelings, learnings etc. Keep a look out for it in a week or so.