There's no other way to put it than I feel incredibly lucky today. I didn't realize there were curtains in my room so I woke up with the sun to Ama Dablam hanging out outside of my window. Downstairs at breakfast everyone was in great spirits primarily due to the clear sky view and the lack of any adverse altitude effects. This string of clear sky days is very unexpected as June marks the beginning of the monsoon season where rain and clouds become the norm, but supposedly most mornings are clear and then the clouds roll in throughout the day until it rains at night- in a sense it's just like the weather in Florida!... Just a bit colder I guess.
Adding to my lucky day, I was able to catch the elusive cell service up here, which was just wonderful. After getting off the phone, I ended up hiking the ridge behind Dingboche, where I sit and write this entry from. Pictures are too big to upload online with the Internet now (which I am just happy the Internet is still working!), but I'm overlooking Dingboche with Ama Dablam across Imja Khola, which you can follow up towards Imja Lake to see Island Peak and Lhotse in the background. It's incredibly peaceful up here with prayer flags blowing around me and the ridge shading me from the valley wind.
This afternoon we'll relax and go over our day-to-day schedule of fieldwork that will begin in two days. We've got a lot of work to do and trekking around the glacier is going to be hard work, but I look forward to embracing it. For now, I simply feel incredibly lucky that this is my "office" for the next month.