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Interests: travel, food, hiking, writing, photography
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25 February 2017 We left Africa a week ago. On the Friday night, a troupe from the Ikoma tribe came to dance us farewell and safe trip. Their costumes were bright and colorful in blues and greens. Beaded jewelry and animal skins and feathers in their hair gave them a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Writing from Home
We are home safely in the Mojave Desert. I will have a final wrap-up post tomorrow. What a trip! We were so lucky to have seen so many animals, and in such amazing situations. See you in late April! ))
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Victoria Falls at Writing from Home
We are home safely, jet lagged of course. There will be one final post tomorrow. See you in April!
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17 February 2017, Day 30, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Late yesterday afternoon clouds built up in the east. Rain fell in curtains many miles away, on the bordering mountains. There were a couple of rumbles of thunder. This morning we leave early, at 6:30 a.m., for a morning drive. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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16 February 2017, Day 29, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Our drive starts again at 7 a.m. We head down the hill and through the Ikoma Village. Simon does the paperwork, and both vehicles proceed through the park gates. Our first stop is a lion kill. Only one lioness is left,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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15 February 2017, Day 28, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Two of our party depart at 4 a.m. for a balloon ride over the Serengeti Plain. We sleep on, but still awake early. I slept well, so am ready for the day. On our way to the park we see a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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14 February, 2017, Day 27, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania We make an early departure, wind our way up to the Ngorongoro Crater rim, and skirt around the crater on a flat plain to head north. We see zebras, wildebeest, a large group of giraffes (12+), herd of goats and cattle,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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13 February 2017, Day 26 Today we leave at 6:30 a.m., bound for Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.The just-past-full moon is still high in the western sky when the sun breaks through in the east. Courtesy of Wikipedia, these facts: the crater is in fact a caldera. A volcanic mountain, somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Writing from Home
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12 February 2017, Day 25, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania We make a leisurely 8:30 a.m. departure from Karatu Simba. We traverse the dirt road through fields. We pass a woman carrying firewood – pigeon pea stalks. These are much used here because there are few trees. As we near the town... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Writing from Home
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11 February 2017, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania Qwarda is from the Datoga tribe Today we make an early start, leaving in the dark at 6 a.m. We’re headed for a jam-packed cultural exchange experience. Today we ride with Mahunga as our driver and local guide. We wind our way over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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10 February 2017, Day 23, Lake Manyara, Tanzania East wall, Great Rift Valley Today is a long travel day, moving from Tangarire to the foothills of the Ngorongoro Highlands. After breakfast we are delighted to observe a large herd of zebras who come to visit our waterhole. I enjoy the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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9 February 2017, Day 22, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Vervet monkey Today is a long drive in Tarangire National Park. We will drive the length of the park, from north to south. Along the way we will see distinct regions where soil and vegetation change. As we begin, a jackal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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8 February, 2018, Day 21, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Our journey today began at 7 a.m. We traveled in safari vehicles back through Amboseli National Park and across the dry lake, out the gates. Then followed an hour drive on the washboard road to the pavement, and a quick drive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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Maasai Giraffe 7 February 2017, Day 20 Afternoon, Amboseli National Park We set out at 4 for an afternoon game drive within the 392 square kilometers of Amboseli, which is Maasai for “salty soil”. This is certainly an apt name! We see common waterbuck, impalas, zebras, gazelles, more zebras, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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7 February 2017, Day 20, near Amboseli National Park Maasai Chief Joseph We spend the entire morning in a Maasai village. This an extraordinary amount of time to take these people from the tasks of daily life, but they seem happy to entertain us. The chief and his people have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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6 February 2017, Day 19 After a cold shower, breakfast, and checking the superbowl scores, we climb into Amos’s vehicle and depart at 7 a.m. It will be a very long travel day. We travel back to Nairobi, branching off on an alternate route over the mountain, where large trucks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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5 February 2017, Day 19, Lake Nakuru, Kenya Which would you rather do – watch the superbowl or see rhinos. Oh, ok, I see. I chose the rhinos. This morning we regained the westward highway and hied us to Lake Nakuru National Park. The strips of shops along the road... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Writing from Home
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4 February 2017, Day 18, Nairobi to Lake Elementaita, Great Rift Valley Kenya This morning we meet our guides, Amos and Benson, beside their closed safari vehicles. We will make a couple of stops near Nairobi and then head west to our camp, Sentrim Elementaita on Lake Elementaita. Most of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Writing from Home
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2-3 February, 2017, Days 16-17, Nairobi, Kenya Weston Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya After an uneventful Air Kenya flight from Johannesburg to Nairobi (4 hours +), we clear Passport Control and emerge into the airport lobby, where we meet our guide for this last half of our trip. His name is Witress... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Writing from Home
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30-31 January, 1 February 2017, Days 13-15, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe We arrived in Victoria Falls at noon on a rainy day. Lunch had been arranged at the restaurant in the falls park. After lunch we take a walk along the falls. We each have a raincoat courtesy the falls concession,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Writing from Home
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29 January 2017, Day 12, Kashawe Concessions, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe CAUTION: Graphic photos of lions killing a zebra The night is peaceful – no ruckus in the valley. Thunder echoes in the early morning, although the rain holds off until we are under way. Today we are doing a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Writing from Home
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28 January 2017, Day 11 Afternoon, Kashawe Concession, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe Impalas, the McDonald's of the bush Our afternoon begins with a talk on Zimbabwe customs, in this case polygamy. Mufuka, the guide who looks like everyone’s kindly grandfather, candidly tells us he has three wives. He describes how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Writing from Home
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28 January 2017, Day 11 Morning, Kashawe Concession, Hwange Nationial Park, Zimbabwe The rain begins early in the morning, around 4:30 a.m. Inside our tent it sounds like a gentle patter; the double roof mutes the noise. Outside it is really pouring. We are up early, eager to enjoy a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Writing from Home
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27 January 2017, Day 10, Kashawe, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe Today we return to Livingstone. From there we will take a short bus ride to the Zimbabwe border, where we will board yet another bus. Our flights are uneventful, Bob and I once more in the 4-seater. As we get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Writing from Home
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26 January 2017, Day 9 Afternoon, Kafue National Park, Zambia Rain on the Kafue River This afternoon Siza talks to us about Zimbabwe, his country, to which we will be going tomorrow. He talks us through the history, from the time the kingdom was established in 1840,, the competition between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Writing from Home