Category Archives: The Next Big Thing

Kilimanjaro – Something Entirely Unexpected

Climbing imagery is awash with phrases like conquer, vanquish, or prevail, which I’ve never really understood. I’ve never really felt that way. I feel like I simply get to spend some time with the mountain, and for that time I … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro – Decision

We continued our climb up through the forest. I regretted not bringing my East African bird guide. With a weight limit of 33lbs per bag, I chose to leave the volume behind in Moshi. When packing for a climb to … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro: Change of Plans

Breakfast at the lodge is filled with bravado, laughter, furtive glances and wringing hands. We were all anxious to get started up the mountain. Of course, life doesn’t always proceed as planned. We headed to the park gate to check … Continue reading

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The Kili Story

Now that I’m home (and awake – thank you jet lag), it’s time to write the Kili story. Or start telling. It was a very intense trip for a lot of reasons and I’m still processing it. I think I … Continue reading

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Tracks, Holes, and Buffalo – Walking In The Serengeti

My safari (through Wayo Africa), includes a couple of days in a remote camp in the Serengeti. The big crowds, both of animals and tourists, were left behind. The great migration of zebra and wildebeests is currently further south in … Continue reading

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Happy for Core Strength

Day 2 of my safari. Spent the day at Ngorongoro Crater, the densest animal population on the planet. We saw cats – lions, cheetah, and a serval cat. We saw antelope. We saw zebra and wildebeests by the hundreds. Elephants. … Continue reading

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Something Different – Canoeing!

I awoke just after sunrise. My guide for the day was picking me up at 7. We were headed for Arusha National Park for game drive and canoe safari! On the drive in to the lake district, I saw zebras, … Continue reading

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Kili – Back To The Beginning

So…I was much less able to post on the mountain than I expected. Cellular coverage was non-existent for much of our route, and when it was available I was too sick to feel much like typing on my phone (more … Continue reading

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Summit

Summit – sick – down – more later

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Kili

I’m here- 2 days from summit. 1st cance to post. Been sick, but still moving forward slowly, my teammates are great! Julie

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