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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Safari

They say that the image of elephants wandering across grass plains with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background is familiar to even armchair travelers. Here it is–the classic shot from Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

I had been to Amboseli once before, about four years ago. But I had forgotten how many animals are there, many grazing together. Zebra. Elephants. Wildebeest. Gazelles. Ostriches. Warthogs. Lions. Giraffes. Hyenas. Jackals. Hippo. Last time I was there an elephant passed within feet of the jeep, and I was surprised at how much they smell. This time, the highlight was four female lions. Two crossed in front of the van. Two in back. It’s hard to see lions at all, so to see them up close was great.

I woke up at the lodge to clattering and banging on the roof. Baboons. Baboons on the roof. Really, who wakes up to baboons on the roof? I didn’t go out. I think baboons are nasty, and I had visions of a cranky one landing on my head.

Last week, I had physical jet lag. This week, I think I have emotional jet lag. Think about having a really big adventure, and then being back in the office. Yup, emotional jet lag.

11 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

wow. gorgeousness. travelling is so damn incredible, isn't it - and lucky you - to have this as part of your life's work. am so enjoying the pics and travel bites.

9:36 PM  
Blogger meno said...

Oh. My. God. That picture. baby elephants. Two baby elephants.
No one would not understand the emotional jet lag after that.
Baby elephants, with Mt. Kilamanjaro in the background.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous kat said...

oh my god, that photograph gave me chills. how incredible what you are seeing every day. what a wonderful experience!

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!! that is so beautiful! I am soo jealous! Im jumping in your backpack next time! I soo love your blog!

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tooo cute! I may have to link back here when I show some elephants I made.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Jet lag as an intrinsic part of travel surely is down side of travel and emotional jet lag, the pit of it.

However, pictures of baby elephants are sure to push a smile across your face! I bet you have wonderful photo collections.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.

Damn...now I am kinda sorta jealous of you... ;)

Steve~

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.

Damn...now I am kinda sorta jealous of you... ;)

Steve~

10:40 AM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

Awesome picture! Each time I travel, I am always tempted to stay. Too much "Shirley Valentine". :)


Thailand Gal

~*~*~*

1:55 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Can I live vicariously through you??

2:30 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Check out the videos of the elephants and lion.

10:30 AM  

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