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Items received - sleeping pads, thermal water and trekking poles

Items have been coming to the door (or through the door), like crazy! After a trip to the Denver REI, where we purchased a couple more Nalgene bottles, some caribiners for clipping stuff onto our backpacks, and our headlamps, we went across the street to a place called the WILDERNESS EXCHANGE, which, if you live in or around Denver (or Colorado really) and are doing outdoorsy kinds of things, is worth a visit.

Their selection isn't as good as an REI or EMS, but many of their prices were better on a variety of outdoors gear. I got a couple pairs of wool socks, and Carrie and I both got our trekking poles there, for $20/pair, which is, BY FAR, the cheapest we've found to purchase trekking poles.

Much of what we ordered has come to the door as well... Our sleeping pads are currently spending the night overfilled with air (per the instructions the sleeping pads came with), so that they can get stretched and prepped for when we actually use them on the mountain. I was kind of thinking that sleeping pads might not be necessary, and they're probably not, unless you're the kind of person who doesn't sleep well on rocky surfaces - A.K.A. Jonathan and Carrie (and most North Americans...and Europeans...)

Another item which showed up is our thermal water carrier for our Nalgene bottles. Since water freezes at higher elevations (and colder temperatures), it's good for us to have these to prevent our water from freezing.

More stuff coming in the mail soon - and we'll be including pictures shortly!

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Official Travel Pictures
(What's online and available at the moment...)

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                              Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 16 - Third Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                                 Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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