I tell you, one really has to want to travel to Namibia because it is a bitch getting here. I’m sitting here in Frankfurt waiting for my connecting flight to Windhoek which will take place at 10PM tonight. I’ve been here since 10AM after a 10 hour flight. The next flight takes 10 hours. And, finally I will be in Windhoek, Namibia. So, 30+ hours, not including getting to the airport 2 hours early. Yikes!

I’m still excited, believe it or not. Namibia has been on my bucket list for a long time. There’s something fascinating about the landscape and the desert animals and the remoteness. I’m meeting up with a group from Wilderness Travel for their Giraffe Conservation Foundation program and safari which they run every two years. The “group” consists of two: me and Marty (from Kentucky). It seems a bit crazy to run a “tour” with only two individuals but I guess the giraffes really need our money! With the Covid variants still making the rounds, peeps are just not taking the chance that plans will be cancelled. Unfortunately or fortunately, I seem to be a risk-taker of sorts.

We’ll spend two days with the giraffe, helping with tracking and tagging and who knows what else. I think I’ll be doing more looking than acting. We’ll see. We’ll be flying over the Skeleton Coast, sledding down the dunes (?), catching glimpses of desert elephants, rhinos, etc.; sleeping under the stars. Also, I’m looking forward to Twyfelfontein with pre-historic sandstone rock art…the largest and finest petroglyphs in Africa supposedly.

Well, my travel buddy just texted me and she’s here in Frankfurt as well. But she doesn’t have an ongoing boarding pass to Windhoek for some god-awful reason. Anyway, I guess she’s dealing with that. She only has 5 more hours to figure it out…almost enough time to travel back to the East Coast to get one. I haven’t met her yet and I’m sure she’s just as concerned as I with getting along since we’re the only ones on this safari…for 2 weeks!! I hope our guide is able to put up with us.

More later…

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It seems we’re on an upswing…so I hope everyone is hanging in there and looking forward to July 4th! Restaurants are opening, museums are opening and Spring is here. I’ve been walking alot and lovin’ being outside by the Bay. I have a few pics to share with you.

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I hope everyone is surviving out there and breathing a little easier. Four years of insomnia are ready to be put to bed. In light of being lighter here are some cheery photos I’ve taken over the last few months.

Oh, wait…not so cheery…and not so recent. I’ll try to be better.

There, is that better?

Apologies for those 70+ million who did not get their way. But please, just suck it up.

If you remember, there was even a greater percentage who were disappointed in 2016 and we made it through these last four years. So, anything is possible. Try to mend the bridges, welcome your libtards back into your family and let’s all support our new/old President, Joe Biden and our new/young Vice President, Kamala Harris.

We are all part of this wonderful history.

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Wandering around within my self-imposed boundaries, not much has changed. Yes, folks are being pretty good about distancing and wearing masks to protect their neighbors and reduce the spread of the coronavirus but, as always, there are the put-upon with very little consideration for others. Oh well, just a reflection of intelligence and carelessness.

Anyway, enough about that. I am still loving getting outside and walking around taking pictures of scenery and people. Hope you enjoy some of the offerings.

At the Arboretum…mom and kits

Bye for now…it won’t be long before we can meet in person

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Yes, we’re into month four of hibernation…everyone jonesin’ for personal contact. Even though I’m pretty comfortable on my own it’s very different when being told what to do…even for your own health and others. It reminds me a bit of the isolation when in the Peace Corps. A bit of pacing and wandering around with no real purpose; having limited choices for dining; suffering with my own cooking (or whatever you call it); relying on sparse electronic communication, etc. Waaaah…

Just wanted to get that out of my hair…so enough complaining. I’m living in one of the most beautiful places in the world with the ability to get outside and enjoy nature…which seems to be thriving with we (us?) polluters sequestered. On my recent walks around the Bay spring is in full bloom and here are some pics to entice you.

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay...wasting time. You looking at me? 

And, I couldn’t help but add this photo from far far away and a long time ago…Nepal (reminds me to go take a shower today)

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This is crazy but it’s been 20 years since I traveled with my sister (Kathleen…see above heading) to Nepal. Looking over the photos from that trip it seems I wasn’t really there. The only proof is one picture that I guess K took of me (not included). So, really, it was Kathleen’s trip and she’s in the foreground of many a photo. It appears as if she had a good time.

I recommend Nepal to anyone who has a chance to go. We were on a National Geographic trip with about 20 people which started in Kathmandu. We hiked through a myriad of small villages, rafted along a river to a Gurkha lodge, flew to Annapurna and visited a school. At the end of the trip we made our way to Tiger Tops where we rode (and bathed) elephants. I guess riding on elephants is a bit frowned on now but it sure was fun.

Enjoy the show.

Mount Everest

Beating the bush on our way to camp
Looking for Tiger King
Our Luggage Carrier
Yes, this is Kathmandu…B.C.V. I wonder if it’s cleared up now?
Just to end on a higher note.
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Come join me on my trip to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara

Coming of Age…me not them.
Not a velvet painting
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One of my faves…all dressed up and everywhere to go.
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How long has it been?  What day is it?  Who’s that person in the mirror?  What crazy thing can I do today?

Well, I decided to get my old…and I do mean old…slides out to see what the heck was happening in day’s (daze) past.  Back to the future of 1989 and my first trip to the African continent.  Now, my slide projector does not have a USB port or the like, so I set out to convert the slides (slides are kind of like film (film is what used to be used in cameras (cameras are big clunky things that you use to take pictures with))).  I unwrapped my slide converter that I had bought about 8 years ago to complete this project.  Who knew if it would work to get those slides into a digital format and load it up on my Mac?

Well, here are the results…this first batch is from Egypt (1989)  Enjoy.

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Dusk at the Pyramids

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Mother and Child

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A parade?

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Valley of the Queens

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A stolen pic Valley of the Kings

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Colossus

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Our Guide and fellow travelers

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Before cabin fever

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Commiserating

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Walk like an Egyptian

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Our Egyptologist & Cool Guy

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Ah!  Still some color after 3500 years

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Those Christians!

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What Cairo looked like in 1989…any change?

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Biblical

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Everywhere futbol

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A dangerous boarding

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A fellow traveler

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Feluccas on the Nile

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Duck!  or be dinner…at least I think that’s the interpretation

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Heeby Jeeby at Abu Simbal…hope their prayers were answered…see adjacent photo…

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Abu Simbal

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Hope all of you out there are doing a bit of meditation and relaxation exercises.  Besides our physical health there is a need for mental health as well.  Perhaps the following slide show of recent photos during social distancing will help.

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Well, with everyone holed up in their abodes it seems like a good idea to catch up on my PAST traveling updates.  I left off in Zanzibar in February getting ready to board our vessel to the Seychelles.  So, here’s a few updates from Zanzibar.

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Now headed on to the ship for our two week travels through the Seychelles, including Aldabra Atoll.  There were of course welcome and farewell dinners, daily snorkeling or diving, daily cocktails, daily tea, lectures, and lots of time to relax, swim and read.

The ship was lovely…not a lot of complaints from me.  I do think people in a double room would be a little worried about space and moving around.  But the ship was well laid out and was carrying about 90 of us, which was bearable.  There were all ages on the boat and seemingly a bit younger than the normal Zegrahm travelers.  I’m probably just saying that because I’m older.  Anyway, everyone seemed to be major travelers and non-complainers which was refreshing.  Definitely a good group, with minor exceptions…see photo above 😉

The highlight of the trip for me was, besides Zanzibar, the snorkeling at Aldabra Atoll and Astove Atoll.  Definitely the best snorkeling I’ve done.  The water was unbelievebly clear at Astove Atoll and I do believe I saw every species of fish there ever was.  OK…well a lot anyway.

At Aldabra we were dropped off at the inlet to the lagoon and, with the tide, we were swept in effortlessly as the creatures and formations flowed cinematically below.  Once slowed down at the lagoon, the zodiacs whisked us back to the beginning for a repeat.  So much fun!!

We also visited Assumption Island, Cosmoledo Atoll, the Alphonse Island Group, Poivre Atoll, Desroches, La Digue (my beach favorite), and finally Mahe to head home.

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Aldabra Atoll

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Citizen of Aldabra Atoll

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Coconut crab sans coconut

And finally, the end of our trip at Mahe.

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Mahe Center

 

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Fish Market in case you can’t guess

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Cinnamon tree…no climbing

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As always, I’m happy to get home.  It seems it will be a bit of time before I’m (anyone is) on the road again.  So, happy virtual travels to all.

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