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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Just a quick update as things are still slow and expensive on the internet front. I wanted to spend some time responding to some of the comments as I was way over due and always thankful when people have good things to say. Lots of friends that I have met whom I still want to keep in contact with.

Anyways, Since Namibia, we have ventured through Botswana, chasing everything and anything. Definitely a lot of wild life there. After Botswana it was up to the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe to check out the Victoria Falls (one of the seven wonders of the world) and to watch all the tourists drop a $100US to do any type of activity. I decided lounging at the pool and napping were more my speed at the moment so I slept through the “action adventure capital of Africa.”

Now we are half way through Zimbabwe in the second largest town of Bulawayo (sp?). Taking a break to stock up on supplies and do some internet before heading to our tenth major park.

Animals wise, we were extremely lucky to see a Leapord in a park in Zimbabwe which wrapped up the “Big Five- Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, and Leapord.” We of course have seen all the other exotics enough to the point where Giraffes and Zebras rank up there with seeing overweight tourists in Safari hats.

A couple more weeks left before heading down through South Africa back to Cape Town where I will probably spend a week resting and uploading photos. From there up the east coast and on to Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, etc.

Travel has been fairly smooth with the exception of one accident. Andrea the Argentine girl didn’t quite let us know that she couldn’t drive. She gave her license and paid the extra driver fee, so we never asked. In Namibia, Daniel and I were a bit beat so we asked her to drive for a while. After sitting there staring at the steering wheel and all the pedals, and doing a clutch drop which killed the car, she explained to us she didn’t know how to drive. Great. We spent the next few days teaching her the ropes a few times a day. Well, one day we were driving down one of Namibias dirt roads and a Meer Cat popped up. A Meer cat is basically a squirrel that sits up on its hind legs and stretches up like its looking for something. Well, one of the bastards decided to run into the middle of the road and pop up. Andrea saw the thing and did exactly what I warned her not to do. She tried to swerve, (I specifically drilled it into the both of their heads to KILL anything that runs in front of us rather than trying to swerve and ending up in a ditch with me injured or dead), and of course the car went out of control and she did the second thing I said not to do, panic. This caused her to floor the accelerator which ended up spinning us out at 100km finally coming to stop on a luckily flat area off the side of the road. Tow of our tires had rocks wedged between the bead and the tire so we had to return back to the gas station we had just left and where she was hopping around about how she wanted to drive. No injuries and just a few Nam$’s to have the tires popped off and on. Her confidence level was shattered, but it was good because she was getting a bit too cocky anyways. For me, never even raised the heart beat. As we were spinning around, I was thinking “I wonder if my heart is beating faster.” Nope.

I have decided that I am going to try and make it through the center of Africa via the Congo and the Central Africa Republic. Supposedly the “Heart of Darkness” is there, so I want to see it.

So thats about it for now. Got to go look at some precariously hanging rocks and white/black Rhinos.

Steve

Africa internet sucks

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

I don’t know if my last entry took, but I wrote down where I have been so far. I wanted to upload some photos as well, but it ain’t going to happen. Maybe when I get to a bigger town.

Steve

At the minimum, I am in Swakopmund, Namibia getting ready to visit Etosha National Park to do some game viewing.

Namibia touring

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
Just a quick run through as I will be out of internet range for a while as we head into Etosha National Park to take some pics of some "big game" and maybe pee on a Black Mamba. We stopped just ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day: Oh yea, I stopped doing that.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
This will be quick as internet in Africa is EXPENSIVE. Just so that everyone feels like they are on the same trip, I will be pricing things in local currency and with the exchange rate I give you at the beginning ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Cape Town, Africa

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
0 (3).JPG The top of Table Mountain with Andrea. View image Penguin pod, gang, gaggle, brood, colony? They are the South African Jack Ass Penguin. They are named after a jackass because ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day Who in the hell cares, Im in Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
0.JPG Although its not about Africa, there was some pretty good action before leaving Brazil. All my stuff was done on my side, I was set. The problem came when Brazil drew a ... [Continue reading this entry]