Sunday, July 29, 2007
Here's a link to a US Forest Service site with more info.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Here's a picture of the Seattle skyline taken from the water.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Hello in Swahili, the official language of Tanzania. We have recently returned and thought you may enjoy sharing in some of our journey and experience. Tanzania, south of Kenya on the African continent's Indian Ocean coastline, lays claim to the title Home of the Safari. The word Safari is taken from the Swahili word that means "journey."
There is no doubt that we went on an amazing journey. Tanzania offers one of the best environments in the world for an enriching wildlife experience. Its game parks are populated with many of the world's most exotic creatures, including all of the "Big Five" (Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Elephant & Cape Buffalo). As we traveled through the parks and game reserves we often found the animals right next to the road (or crossing it).
"Camping" in our tent wasn't too rough
We went on a hot air balloon ride in the Serengeti. On our journey to the balloon launch site we encoutered our first leopard. The hot air balloon ride was amazing, we could see for miles and miles and the wildlife was incredibly rich!
Watching the wildlife provides ongoing entertainment with the behaviors not always predictable. We watched a cheetah with cubs vs a warthog with baby warthogs. Who would have ever know the warthog would win the showdown!
We left the Serengeti via plane. Sounds simple, but really it was another adventure. The runway was right in the midst of the migration. Our land rovers took about 4 passes to clear the wildlife out of the way. Then the plane had to make a couple more passes to clear them again! Off of the plane came the food for the next set of safari groups and on we went. Our new Canadian friends Kirsty and Tonya were dropped off in a different town as they were going to go help in the community for 2 weeks.
We said our good byes...they began with our guides in the Serengeti and continues for the next day as half of us traveled on the same flight out of Africa back to Amsterdam. We were no longer thought of as the "tree huggers" from the state of Washington. We had an incredible journey as well as several new buddies!
On our last morning in Tanzania we left the Seregenti on two small cessna planes. Our Tanzanian guides would take greater than a day driving the Land Rovers back to Arusha. Our plane took off from a grass runway in the middle of the Serengeti.
We learned on this photo safari that this is a "tourist view." It felt appropriate as our parting shot......