3 sisters from Racine climb one of world's highest mountains
By RACHEL KUBIK - Racine Journal Times
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Elizabeth DeKraay Dunlap never wants to see an energy drink or energy bar again.
“They’re just disgusting,” she said.
Elizabeth, along with her two sisters, Carolyn DeKraay Dickens and Sarah DeKraay, had to drink an electrolyte powder drink and eat energy bars as a part of their big hike: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the dormant volcano in Tanzania. It’s the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world at an elevation of about 19,340 feet above sea level.
The electrolyte mix was to make sure the three sisters and the rest of their group were full of nutrients and well-hydrated with 3-4 liters of water a day. “We threw them away when we got down the mountain,” Elizabeth said.
Additionally? “I think I’m done with hiking mountains for a while. I need something tropical.”
The three sisters, who lived in Racine, agreed last year hiking Mount Kilimanjaro would be a fabulous bucket list trip in conjunction with celebrating Elizabeth and Carolyn’s milestone 60th and 50th birthdays, respectively. They started coordinating schedules.
“Everything was going fine until the delta variant. We couldn’t put it off another year. If we didn’t do it now, it was now or never,” Elizabeth said.
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