Day 188: Groundhog Day
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: John (Sotland), Dan (Scotland) & Tom (UK)
First D.J.: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's coooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that mist thing.
Second D.J.: That mist - thing. That mist - thing. Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a "big mist thing!"
First D.J.: Yessss, they are. But you know, there's another reason why today is especially exciting.
Second D.J.: Especially cold!
First D.J.: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody's lips.
Second D.J.: - On their chapped lips...
First D.J.: - On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
Second D.J.: Punxsutawney Phil!
First D.J.: Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's GROUNDHOG DAY!
I woke up at 6 and peeked out of the window. It was misty outside. I went back to bed and slept for another two hours. Just a little over 8 I met Dan and Tom in the breakfast room. All this seemed awfully familiar. Had we lived this day before?
There was no way we would be getting out today. We joined up with John and spent the day pretty much in the same way as yesterday. Had some coffees at Starbucks, played scrabble, cards, pool, got hammered... Well, the last part wasn't true, actually, all four of us were pretty hungover, so we didn't touch any alcohol.
Another change from yesterday was that more and more people arrived in town, quickly filling up all the hangout places like Starbucks. Pretty much everybody I had met up at the mountain had arrived by now, though strangely enough I never saw Nick and Sebastien again. They had planned to be back in Lukla yesterday, but I never saw them again.
The good news was that the weather forecast showed a clearing between 5 and 11 tomorrow morning, so we would most likely be able to leave. Flight schedules came through, and Dan & Tom were scheduled for the first flight at 7:15, John for the second and I would leave on flight number 3, scheduled for 8 o'clock. We made arrangements to meet up in Kathmandu tomorrow afternoon.