Everest Base Camp & Other Stories

T Minus 48 Hours

Over the past couple of weeks, the normal everyday distractions of life have taken over and any thoughts of our trip were resigned to the back burner.

Until yesterday that is – when a Sky news reporter announced that a passenger plane had crashed at Kathmandu airport. Suddenly our trip was brought into stark focus.

I couldn’t help but watch the news footage. It wasn’t the pictures of the twisted, smouldering wreckage or the stories of the poor souls that had perished that caught my attention – it was the faces of the rescue and airport staff as they scurried to manage an impossible situation.

I couldn’t help but think that in some 48 hours, our fate will be in their hands. A sobering but wholly unhelpful thought.

In the circumstances, I was thrilled to arrive home tonight to find two beautiful St. Christopher medals sitting on the kitchen table (Thanks Marie & Mai).


Shiny & New they are the embodiment of a higher power and while we will be glad of the comfort and reassurance they provide as we make our journey – the wreckage we pass as we arrive in Kathmandu will reminded us that we are all part of a greater plan.

Flight BS211 – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

To all of us – Bí Curamach.


6 thoughts on “T Minus 48 Hours

  1. Olivia Buckley - March 13, 2018

    Best of luck Pat, wishing you health and happiness on this exciting adventure! Stay safe mind yourselves! Kindest regards, Olivia

    1. chawkey111 - March 14, 2018

      Hi Olivia,
      it was lovely to meet up on Saturday night. Even if I’d had a vino or six too many. Thanks for your lovely note. I’ll keep an eye out for a loaded Sherpa looking for an event genius…

  2. Breeda Lucey - March 14, 2018

    Safe travelling Pat .Be careful, thinking of you on your long journey Breeda Lucey.

    1. chawkey111 - March 15, 2018

      Thank you so much Brenda, a little nervous but frankly looking forward to it. Hi to all the gang.

  3. Paul Hession - March 15, 2018

    Best of luck Pat what an amazing adventure you are going to have I hope you enjoy every minute and keep safe dude

    1. chawkey111 - March 16, 2018

      Thanks Paul. Hope all is good. See you when we get back.

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