As the night winds down, we have our two guides, CP and Mayer, over for dinner. By dinner I mean one of four types of freeze dried food. There are, however, lots of laughs about the day's events or past stories of our lives. These are two of most rock solid guys you could ever meet. They are patient, wise and inspire confidence. It is hard to believe that CP graduated from high school just 8 years ago and Mayer just before him. This is Mayer's 6th trip to the North Pole. And CP's 4th. When they speak, we listen. When you go to bed, you have to put everything in your sleeping bag to keep it warm with your body or it will freeze solid.
We are having the trip of a lifetime. It is epic beyond words. While we miss all of our loved ones, we both agree that this challenge is perfect for our spirits.
P.S. We are both thankful that our friend, Jay, is not here. This is a lot harder than the Seattle Marathon. He would have been evacuated by now,