Silver Linings

Oct
28

As they say, all clouds have a silver lining. On my way back from Tanzania, my flight out of Amsterdam was delayed due to very high winds over Europe. Even once we were able to take off, the flight time was increased due to flying at reduced altitude into the wind. Sounds horrible, right?

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Safari Day 7: Tangire

Oct
27

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The dreaded final day. All things must come to an end and today is the end of this wonderful trip.

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Safari Day 4: Serengeti

Oct
24

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Today was a day quality over quantity. An injured black mamba, feeding vultures and eagles, a pack of mongoose, lions basking on rocks, acrobatic bateleur eagles, bat-eared foxes, another leopard, oh...and the wildebeest migration. I guess I lied--today was a day of quality and quantity.

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Safari Day 3: Serengeti with Balloon Safari

Oct
23

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Our fist full day in the Serengeti. We started with a sunrise balloon ride over the plains (with a few issues causing sunrise itself to happen under our feet...) where we saw lots of animals from a unique perspective. This was followed by a full English breakfast with sparkling wine served on the plains of the Serengeti, with zebra and a few other animals slowly strolling by. Despite the technical issues, a quite fun way to spend the morning.

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Safari Day 1: Lake Manyara

Oct
21

So, have you ever wanted to do a safari? Well, it's worth it. Just on the first day, at Lake Manyara, we've already seen tons of baboons, elephants, antelopes, baboons, warthogs, zebra, baboons, flamingos, toucan, baboons, wildebeest, giraffes, baboons and more (Did I mention baboons? There were quite a few of those). And they don't even run off when you drive up (they're not hunted in the reserves here). You see things better than you would in a zoo and the animals get to live in their natural homes. There are also a lot more of them around.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 8

Oct
20

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After yesterday's long ordeal, today was a pleasant and joyous celebration. A few hours of hiking down through the beautiful rainforest (including finding the endemic Impassion Kilimajaro flower) brought us to the Mweka Gate. We signed the log book a final time, after which several people paid for boot cleaning--it's amazing how dirt colored an originally black boot can become.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 7

Oct
19

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Summit day. Team Kelele Kilele (noisy summit) awoke around 11 PM to get ready for our push to the summit. We left around midnight with a full moon overhead--while some people used headlamps, the terrain was clearly visible without one. The weather was cold but movement helped keep that from being too big an issue.

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