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Big Safari Number Three, Part III of III: The Thanksgiving and Zimbabwe trip that weren’t.

After our animal tracking in northern Botswana last week, Big Red carried us across the Botswana-Zambia border, a seven hundred-yard stretch of the Chobe River. Jumping through the legal hoops to get the car across took a five hour chunk out of our Monday, and the introduction to "real" Africa on the Zambian side of… Continue reading Big Safari Number Three, Part III of III: The Thanksgiving and Zimbabwe trip that weren’t.

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Big Safari Number Three, Part II of III: People, Places, Stories, Faces

With regards to storytelling, traveling stacks the deck. And the kind of "Choose Your Own Adventure" travel that I enjoy (and stresses me out) often provides for particularly fun tales to tell. But what really gets me going, and the reason that I put up with the two-day old pairs of socks and leaky tents… Continue reading Big Safari Number Three, Part II of III: People, Places, Stories, Faces

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Big Safari Number Three, Part I of III: Close encounters of the lion, elephant and hippo kinds

Back in Botswana, after failing for three straight days to get to Zimbabwe and hitchhike back to Gaborone. More on that later. Big Safari Number Three, Part One: I wanted to see lions on this trip. And by "wanted" I fully mean in the seven-year old, fascinated with big animals, going-to-pout-if-I-don't-get-to-see-lions sort of way. Early… Continue reading Big Safari Number Three, Part I of III: Close encounters of the lion, elephant and hippo kinds

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I lied

Hello from Zambia - where I still am, in fact. After seeing wild animals (lots of them, and lots of hair-raising animal encounters that would make my mom nervous), then heading to do some white-water rafting in Victoria Falls, I was supposed to head back down to Gaborone with the roommates. But... I didn't. Sorry.… Continue reading I lied