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mhholden
Interests: Travel, Photography, Environmental enhancement,
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Transportation in Namibia is so conventional (with the exception that you drive on the "wrong" side, Mark going back about 35+ years to his Barbados days of learning to drive a manual on the wrong side has been fun) compared to the other places we've been. Anyway we came up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Namibia
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...from pervious. We were starting to get anxious. We'd been here four days & heard of a number of sightings, yet we kept coming up snake-eyes. On Mary's birthday, after a long day of driving from hole to hole searching, and searching we stopped one last time at Chudop waterhole;... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Namibia
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from the pervious episode.... ...at first not much was happening. Mostly a lot a birds were flying in for an evening drink, some competitive squawking & a snack of a bug or two. The sun large & orange rested for a quick moment on the tops if the short Acacia... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Namibia
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So, we've made it to Etosha. A post or two back I commented on the "culture shock" of leaving the bare bones EHRA camp and ending up at more formal rest camp/lodge. As they say adapt or die, so consider us adapted, hot showers, & soft beds; whats not to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Namibia
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At the beginning of the blog I put forth a couple of questions that some folks had asked about this trip: Where is Namibia, and why Namibia. Those of you kind enough to follow our ramblings (written & travel wise) may have "found" Namibia on Google earth or a newer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Namibia
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Okay, for those of you who know us; you know we don't generally follow the "herd" and the past couple weeks would support that cliche. However, tonight we find ourselves at Etosha Safari Camp, drinking wine surrounded by "FT's"* a cacophony of German, French & Afrikaans competes with a Namibian... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Namibia
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I need to be brief, mainly because I'm still digesting the experience. After the pervious week working on the the rock walls at the well sites, We've just returned from another week stint in the bush. We traveled light, one set of clothes, canvas bedroll and maybe a toothbrush that's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at Namibia
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Oh where to start and be brief (typing on an iphone is a pain). First a huge thanks to Janet Rhoton at the county for telling us about EHRA. We are in Uis for some swimming on our break between work and patrol week. We arrived at base camp in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at Namibia
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Noticed most of the photos didn't upload. So here we try it again. Sundowners in the Namib veld. One of many dunes in the Sossuse area. A vlei or pan in the deep dunes. Once a source of surface water, now long dried up. MH Holden PLS mhholden@bridgetreedesign.com Tacoma WA... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Namibia
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We've moved on to Namib and Desert Homestead which is about 30 clicks from Sossuse. As you can see we are roughing it. I think tonight's meal is roast pork with lentil soup and white wine. As we mentioned one of the "customs" here is something called a "sun downer".... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Namibia
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We hired a car and traveled about 350km SE of Swakopmund into the Naukluft massif. This is a sand stone & dolomite range that sits on a 1000 foot granite base. Even though it's part of the Namib desert, in the canyons, underground springs and rivers break to the surface... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at Namibia
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Did you know you could mistake the bleating of seal pups for sheep, except for the "eau du anchovy" that is. We are seriously behind on our posts, busy, busy, busy, and as we thought internet connections are available but slow and somewhat unreliably at least when it comes to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Namibia
Simple words that couldn't have been funnier considering the circumstances but I'm getting ahead of myself. In our last post we mentioned we were heading to the town of Swakopmund. Its a top vacation spot just north of of the deep water port of Walvis ( locals pronounce it Volfish)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Namibia
Casey is in 9th grade and plays netball. Netball it seems is like basketball but you can't move when you have the ball. She is one of the passengers in the van that runs between Windhoek and Swakopmund, and is returning from a school netball tournament in Windhoek. She is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Namibia
This is more of a test than anything. After a shy 20hr in flight, 5 to JFK and another 15 to Jo-Burg, the last hop to Windhoek should be a breeze. Just need to figure out what day it is, what time it is what season, (its 38 degrees and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at Namibia
Before we get to far down the trial Mary made up a calender Aug 2011 and a map how were we are suppose to be. Our Route Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at Namibia
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Right after asking where Namibia is many people have asked why? Well funny story that and perhaps all will be revealed as the month grows long. For now lets say our journey to the south of Africa is in part to fulfill a wish or two, or three? Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Namibia
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