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March 26, 2008

“We travelled” is the direct translation.

What it really means is that we had a real-live 4×4-jostling mud-flying game-driving outdoor-camping rain-season-beginning storm-cloud-brewing under-the-desert-date-tree-picnicking sunscreen-slathering Masai Mara safari!
Where can you see lions indeed!
4 days, including to and from Nairobi, which you can’t count out on account of the roads, roadside giraffes, and other unaccountable adventures on the way. There’s a story there involving a near-miss with a 4×4 and goat followed by an extortion attempt for the supposed dead goat, which was actually quite alive and kicking without even a twisted ankle to show for his trouble.

The time was amazing, too much, really, to put into words in this short space at this late hour. I grew up with my father’s stories and pictures of his safari in the Mara 25 years ago, so it had become a mythical place in my imagination, but there it was, real, stormy skies at the start of the rainy season helping create a nearly primeval setting, churning with the cycle of predator and prey, and

peppered with matatus…

matatu and lion

Things have changed a bit since Dad was there.

One of these jokers asked if he could get out. When told, “no,” he asked, “WHY?! I did in Nakuru!”
I think I would have let him out.

That was our first evening, but either from the rain or the shortage of tourists, most of our time was akin to this…
giraffe circle

Days 2 and 3 we had the feeling the place was ours, so much so that the site of other vehicles became an annoyance, breaking the enormous sense that we were alone with each other and the creatures who deigned to let us get close to them.

It’s good to still imagine.

And–of course–there were plants!
Red aloe animal
Red aloe

I will post more soon on flickr. 650ish photos to go through so give me some time!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 27, 2008 1:13 pm

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip and see the flickr photos. I think I would have let that guy out too. Probably would have been some good photos…

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