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May 22, 2019

We had just finished our first day’s hike on the Otter Trail, one of South Africa’s premier hikes. Judging by the scenery on the first day, I could easily see why the trail is rated as one of the best in the world. I could hardly wait to see what the remaining four day...

May 5, 2019

I have been reading blog posts for weeks preparing for our hike on South Africa’s famous Otter Trail. One of the most frightening things that I learned were about baboons that can be found along the trail. I worried myself sick over baboons for the past two weeks. Havi...

April 28, 2019

Maybe Ol and I have been on the road for so long that we are starting to look adventurous. That can be the only possible explanation as to why our kind B&B host suggested, and we eagerly agreed to take a “scenic detour.” Instead of following the “boring” highway, she t...

April 21, 2019

I had never really given the Indian Ocean much thought. I think that is because it is a place I never thought I’d visit. Suddenly, it became all that I could think about as I loaded the passenger seat with my maps, water bottle, binoculars, and sunscreen (yes I get sun...

April 17, 2019

It had been over three weeks since I left my phone in the airport in Amman, Jordan. Fortunately, A good samaritan found it and turned it in, but we had gone through acrobatic bureaucratic maneuvers to get it back. We had arranged for DHL to pick it up and deliver it to...

April 14, 2019

While we were traveling in the Middle East, we were heartbroken to hear about the Ethiopian Airlines crash in Addis Abbaba. This became more real, when two days later we were flying Ethiopian Airlines through Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia, the headquarters for Ethiopian Airli...

April 10, 2019

It had been over a week and my iPhone was still at the airport in Amman, Jordan. Our tour of Egypt was almost complete. The Lost and Found office in Jordan said that I could come by their office to pick up the phone but that they could not ship it to me. I had no plans...

April 7, 2019

Continuing our tour with Encounters Travel, we have toured Jordan, Cairo, and the pyramids and spent a couple of days sailing the Nile on a felucca. After so many days together our little tour group of seven felt like a small family. 

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April 3, 2019

I was surprised to have slept as well as I did on the train from Cairo to Aswan. The train trip took twelve hours and we slept for the majority of it. My lost cell phone at the Jordan airport was a distant memory.

However, it had now been four days and still no word on...

March 31, 2019

On the sixth day of our tour of Jordan and Egypt with Encounters Travel we flew from Amman to Cairo. Our flight was relatively short. It was totally uneventful until mid-flight when I realized that I had lost my phone! 

I was working on our taxes with my phone...

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