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Our 2010 trip to Africa and Dubai

Is no easy feat. Travel across the world by plane Our trip started early Wednesday morning, Oct 22, 2010, with a daunting set of long flights from San Diego. First to Atlanta (boring, not like we don’t fly across the … Continue reading

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Kenya Safaris and Beaches

Spending time in Kenya is a wonderful thing.  I had not been back since my first visit in 2003, and not a lot had changed.  What had changed seemed to have been for the better – required education for all … Continue reading

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Kenya. The Indian Coastline and Diani Beach

Just some highlights: We left Moshi, Tanzania on a loooong bus ride to Mombasa, where our super nice 5-star hotel had sent a van to get us. You know the rest – tropical blue waters, the most amazing resort with … Continue reading

Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)   We really we not sure we could do this mountain. Not because its hard (the slope would be over 30-degrees), or because its cold (temperature around -20F), but because we were expected to ascend almost 7,000’ … Continue reading

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Kenya. Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks

We returned to Nairobi for a night (again at the awesome and highly recommended Sankara Hotel) on our way to Tsavo. It was a lot of driving, and our driver Sam was a champion. Roads are rough, traffic can be … Continue reading

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Kenya. Masai Mara

Off to the Mara! This is my favorite park in Kenya. It has grasslands that seem to go on forever, allowing for 360-degrees of great views. Not to mention lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and tons of bovine herds. All full after … Continue reading

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Kenya. Lake Nakuru

We left Samburu early to head over to Lake Nakuru, the home of millions of flamingoes. We saw many of those, and some other neat birds. And a rhino grazing, an almost stand-off between two male waterbucks, and some frisky … Continue reading

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Kenya. Mountain Lodge and Samburu National Park

  Mountain Lodge After finishing our Mt. Kenya trek, we met once again with a 4×4 and were driven back to Nanyuki, the town where we had met our guides a week earlier. We exited a different gate than we … Continue reading

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Kenya. Hiking Mt. Kenya (16,355′) – the summit and descent

To the summit Day 4 – to Austria Hut, 4800m  Due to the cold, I was unable to get a night-shot of the scene, but it was beautiful. I awoke around 3am to see that our tent was about 3” … Continue reading

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Kenya. Hiking Mt. Kenya (16,355′) – The approach and lowlands

We decided we would hike Mt. Kenya, partially per advice of a friend (same friend who recommended El Karama, thanks Sarah Lee!), and partly because I thought it would be a great altitude warm up for Kilimanjaro. My mom has … Continue reading