Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tanzania - Up Front


No seats! I was the last to climb on board the plane we would take to Tarangire National Park and the seven seats were full.  My travel companions saw me looking around and pointed to the seat next to the pilot (while laughing).  I thought they were joking.    The pilot said it happens sometimes.

It was a great flight and a chance for aerial views of northern Tanzania.  Somehow the bumps don't feel so scary when you are sitting next to the person in control.  

My Grand Canyon boots weren't on this flight, though.  When we took this flight on our second day in Tanzania, our bags where still on their way from Amsterdam.   We packed light for traveling around Tanzania so we were well below the luggage limit for the flight to Tanzania.  This meant we could add in supplies for schools in the area we would visit (see the Pack for a Purpose website http://packforapurpose.org/, although it was our guide who connected us with a school and its inspiring school founder). 

I had a chance to sit up front on some other other flights, even though the seats weren't full.  All you have to do is ask, and keep your knees away from the controls.


Our bags caught up with us on the third day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cascara Berries & Birds

The cedar waxwings have been in town.  That's because the cascara berries are ripening.   They make such cheery companions out in the garden, with their soft and frequent whistles.   Here is a link to a photo and information.  You can hear their song there too.

The chickadees, hummingbirds and bees like these trees too.   Here is my post from 2009, including photos of the tiny flowers and the waxwing waiting room in the top of another tree.   

Petunia put in an appearance this week too.   She is looking very dark and sleek.  At first, I thought she was just a shadow and jumped back a little when I realized it was a snake.  I don't know why she always startles me so, even when I want to see her.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

DH Meets His Lion


DH says he wants to pet a lion in Tanzania.   I hope this is close enough.  Our trip organizer sent us a gift animal adoption through World Wildlife Fund.  Her donation will help support the species we select.  (WWF photo)
 
Congratulations on your lion encounter, DH!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Next Up: Excursion with Boots


In the summer of 1986, I worked at the Grand Canyon National Park.  New arrivals like me soon found a ride to Flagstaff to buy desert hiking boots.  Here I am with my Hi-Tec Lady-Lites.  Lots of photos from that summer, but this is the only one of me and the boots.  It was from my last excursion of the summer.  A flight to the North Rim to hike down to Phantom Ranch and then up to the South Rim (where I lived/worked). 

It is hard to replicate being able to walk out your door for a little hiking in Grand Canyon country.  Most hiking I have done since then was in whatever general shoes I was wearing.  The boots have held up all these years so they are going with me for another warm weather excursion...in Tanzania.

 You can see one of the trails above my foot in the photo.


I think I gave him a carrot.

DH proposed to me that summer when he came to visit after graduating and getting a job.  I'm taking him to Tanzania, too.  I'm not going to let him feed the wild things or we might not make it back (he thinks he wants to pet a lion).

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

August Garden Photos

The first of the beans has reached the 11 foot top of the climber.  Soon, it will be thickly covered.
The pumpkins, Queensland Blue (from Matron) and sugar pumpkins, are starting to spread out.  The other squash plants are delicata winter squash and pattypan scallop summer squash.  The aren't supposed to spread as much as the pumpkins. 

A few sunny days ago.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

McDermitt NV - Sierra Service Project

The fabulous staff (in Broadway pose version) who hosted around 50-60 of us jr high youth and adults in McDermitt Nevada.

See the Service Service Project website here.
See more about McDermitt, and our home for the week at this link.

From my workgroup:  Painting, painting painting, taping and painting.   Love > Fear.    This group took the theme to heart and now has fewer fears of ladders and bugs.  

Shaving cream hands after doing a 'hair-do' contest on willing models.   Next up was free-form shaving cream spraying which left few spots uncovered.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Simple Things


Yeah - for my steaming cup of Starbucks Via instant coffee.  This was at the church in Wilder ID where we stayed on our way to Nevada.  For the week in McDermitt, adult leaders 'in the know' (from previous years) had brought Starbucks and other coffees for the popular kitchen coffee pot.    Coffee coverage for the week!