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Aug 29 2012

Safari photos are up!


Thanks to Dr. Darling‘s slavish dedication over the past three days, the majority of the photos from our Tanzania trip are now up on Flickr. You can go directly to the photo set by clicking here. I recommend using the side-show option if you have the time and interest (there are just over 500 images …

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Aug 23 2012

Elephants can absolutely pass on the right

I very rarely shoot video with my iPhone … primarily because I have no idea what to do with it afterward. I’ve never felt compelled to share video the way I do photos and status updates, probably because I’ve yet to find a fast and easy way to edit video on-the-fly. But multiple close encounters …

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Aug 23 2012

Kilimanjaro calling


 We spent our final full day in Tanzania on the first section of Marangu route to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  This is Africa’s tallest peak and one of the highest in the world that can be summited without any special climbing equipment or training. It does, however, take a decent level of fitness and the better part of a …

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Aug 22 2012

Extraordinarily Happy Camping


In the course of our safari though Tanzania’s northern national game reserves, we spent a total of three days in the Serengeti, which was by far our favorite of those we visited. Both Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater had spectacular wildlife, but our experiences in those parks felt kind of “managed” compared to the …

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Aug 20 2012

Balloon Landing [video]

I’m feeling a little guilty about my earlier description of our hot air balloon safari experience, which …  quite understandably, I think … was darkly colored by the fact that Dr. Darling was so miserably sick at the time. While the overcast skies were beyond anyone’s control and the lack of visible game would have …

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Aug 19 2012

“Shitting pretty” on the Serengeti


The following is an account of our hot air balloon safari, which delivered on its promise to be a “highlight” of the trip for all the wrong reasons. It is posted here with the requisite TMI WARNING. We set our alarm for 4:30 a.m. to insure that we were ready when the balloon crew came to …

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Aug 18 2012

The Road to the Serengeti


After a pretty decent night’s sleep and waking up headache-free … it was time to head for the Serengeti. But first we had to navigate breakfast. I say “navigate” because while the dining room appeared to be set up buffet style, we clearly confused the wait-staff by helping ourselves to coffee, juice and cereal. Someone …

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