This what I call evidence. The foot is not mine. I believe the bottle is an empty bottle that once contained vodka. I had nothing to do with it. I’m not a Vodka drinker. There were quite a few in out group who were. Vodka is cheap. It get you drunk quickly. My personal thoughts on vodka is that it tends to be a young person’s drink or that of an older alcoholic. 20120603
It the local hound at the Snake Camp in Arusha, Tanzania. This hound was completely spoiled. It would walk up to a person and paw their leg for some attention and some petting and scratching. When the person stopped they would paw them again. This would continue until the person stopped petting or scratching them and refused to respond to their pawing. Then they moved on to some other unsuspecting fool. 20120603
This is how the group on the truck fixed lunch. They had a cook stove, a table and a lot of cooking materials. Normally the food was not anything to write home about, but because you were often quite active and there were few opportunities to snack or visit the drive-thru, the food tended to taste pretty good. If I had KFC or a half dozen pizza joints or a dozen or so burger joints along with a couple of all-you-can-eat places handy I might not be so positive about the quality of food we had. But I didn’t and I’ve learned that hungry people are more inclined to enjoy the food that they get. 20120602
This is some of the group at the Snake Camp in Arusha, Tanzania. This camp was our jumping off point for the Ngoronoro Crater and the Serengeti Park. We left the truck here for a few days when we went on the trip to the Ngoronoro Crater and the Serengeti Park. Every time we stopped to camp we set out the chairs and placed them in a circle. This circle of folding chairs is where we ate our meals and where many people gathered for some chatting. And consuming alcohol in the evenings. 20120602
It’s some of the girls in the group sitting around and talking about all the fun they are having. Notice their clothes are reasonably clean. That’s a good sign. Notice there are no beers in their hands. That’s another good sign since it is still early in the day. 20120603
Yes, those are my clothes hanging on a clothesline. I placed them there after I washed them out in a small bucket that was serving as my washtub. It all worked out really well. That’s because I had some time. I could have sent them to the local laundry center but I decided that it might just be a lot simpler if I did them myself. I didn’t really have a lot, as you can see. I tend to wear my clothes longer than just one day when I am moving from one plane to another and from one airport to another. Somehow I think this will not be the last time I do laundry for the next two months. I also think that it might not be the last time I wear a shirt or pants longer than one day. I also think there may be a few more occasions that I get my elbows a little sudsy. 20120603
Okay, it’s a little weird – watching the feeding of live chicks to snakes – but I did it. I don’t think I need to do it everyday or watch any animal eat another one that is alive, but it is actually part of the cycle of life for much of our planet. It’s how humans initially survived, or so it’s believed. I would advise anyone who hasn’t ever witnessed such an event to actually see it happen. The event should be a part of everyone’s education, but not until they’ve matured a little. I’m kinda glad I can get what I need by giving someone a piece of paper or plastic as opposed to killing it. 20120603
After our visit to the Masai village we got to see the Masai warriors do a little dance. Actually, towards the end we got to join them. Here we have Simeon, a Swiss national, jumping along with the Masai dancer. Notice that Simeon doesn’t get quite as high as the Masai dancer. This may be due in part to his not having had a lot of practice jumping up in the air. I think the warriors in the Masai tribe get to practice a lot more often than Simeon does. 20120603
Guess who! Guess where! This is pretty much a gimme, isn’t it? Some people rank the Serengeti as one of the top attractions in the world. I’ll leave that up to other people. I will say that the sight of zebras and wildebeests as far as the eye can see in all directions is pretty overwhelming. Do one day in the Serengeti and one day in the Ngorongoro Crater and it’s an experience you’ll never forget. If you’re a serious traveler and you haven’t been to some conservations areas in Kenya and Tanzania, I’d advise you to put them on your list. I hear the Gorillas in Uganda are exceptional as well. That one went on my list after hearing about it from some members of my group.
It’s the truck pantry. It’s where all the good stuff like salt, pepper, paprika, coffee, sugar, and tea are kept. It’s amazing how much stuff they can fit in such a small space. Particularly when you think that this stuff is what is used to jazz everything up. I just wish they would have lost a little bit more of the chili powder.