Risk something or forever sit with your dreams
Arrived, wow in Africa. not sure what to think yet. Jet lag has taken place. Flights were ok without major hiccups but still sitting in a seat for 15 hours is a long time then 6 hours this morning.
It was great having the hotel. Doha has a transit section so do not have to go through customs officially entering Qatar or go out of security. Something that is not available in the United States. Arrived about 6 pm and were checked in by 7 and it is a big airport. Our friends Doug and Jill had arrived about a half hour earlier. A great shower sleep until about 11 pm and then walk to gate. Had set alarm for midnight but all woke earlier????? Guess we had slept on earlier flight. Then the six hour flight to Kilimanjaro airport arriving about 7:30 am. The sunrise was amazing from 40000 feet. With imagination one might see the curvature of earth on the flat horizon with broadening red until the sun blasted itself onto a new day. I had seen pictures of sunrises in Africa but always just thought that’s pretty but not really seen it’s glory. No mountains to break up the horizon. Then Mount Kilimanjaro came into view rising solo above the plains. I definitely missed having a window on flight from Seattle to Doha.
Texted our friends zak and Natasha on our arrival and realized we were exactly 12 hours apart in time So 8 am we were just beginning the day and journey. And they were ending their day. They had picked us up Monday morning at 8 am for ride to airport, and we arrived Wednesday at 8 am. Whew.
But met our driver who brought us to the river lodge near Arusha, where are spending the day unsuccessfully trying to be busy. A luxury accommodation. Being waited on and pampered. As Jill said “when did we become those people”? But our cabin very nice. Tonight before we retire they come in and let out the mosquito net and spray it.
And trying to go a bit of Swahili but failing. People are very nice though and appreciate our efforts. Even did a little Arabic in Qatar.
But the excitement is the 10 acre grounds here at lodge have their own monkey bands, here. So here are the tourists out going Gaga and trying to get pictures of these animals flittering about the trees. Fascinating to those of us whose only , not even close animal is a squirrel. The locals look on in bewilderment at people trying to get pictures of their capers about the trees.
For those of us jet lagged,seeing new exciting things and being pampered it is wonderful
So we begin tomorrow bright and early breakfast then car drives and animal viewing. But for now time for sleep and I apologize for unreadability or mistakes. Until the next Wi-Fi.
4 thoughts on “Whew”
Looks incredible! What a great adventure. Loving the photos of you and Jeanne. It’s been quite a year of surgeries and healing for you. Enjoy the adventure, my friends!
As usual, I’m a little behind the 8 ball. I just sent you an email, asking when you were leaving for Africa. WELL !! The adventure has begun. Carry on.
Looks like you took a selfie.
Good morning and good night
10 hours different
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THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR YOUR ONGOING STORY AND THE PICTURES. I MUST TELL YOU WHEN I SAW THE PICTURE OF YOU AND JEANNE (AND SHE LOOKS JUST DARLING), AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT HAD TO BE A PICTURE OF COUSIN CARL HERE. I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE HOW MUCH YOU TWO (TWO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS) LOOK ALIKE AT LEAST IN THAT PICTURE. HE, I MIGHT ADD IS STILL A GOOD LOOKING GUY.. AND I THINK BOTH RESEMBLE GRANDPA PORTER. THANK YOU, ________________________________
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