Friday, December 21, 2007

I realized today that my typical lunch for the past two weeks has looked somewhat like this:

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Today I shook hands with a proctologist. Then I washed my hands.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'm not a big fan of ketchup, but I can't think of an occasion when I wouldn't want it to be fancy.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My love affair with Millcreek Canyon continues......

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

enough said

well.....and maybe this:

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

I went hiking yesterday in a wonderland that I like to describe as "snow on fall"

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A couple of weeks ago I had to drive to Brigham City for work. Brigham City is between Ogden and Logan. As a child I used to travel to Logan to see my grandparents. Since we lived in North Ogden we would always take the old highway through Perry and Willard. This happens to be a road famous for produce stands.

I had driven up on the main highway but I decided to detour on my way out using the old highway. I stopped at the first big produce stand that I saw and look what I found:

millions of peaches - peaches for me!

Brigham City is famous for their peaches and they are darn tasty so I bought some of those and some fresh okra, a purple pepper (yes purple!) and another pepper that was orange and green and yellow all at once - it was a magic pepper. I also bought some limes which I'm sure were not grown in Brigham City but the rest of that was local. This is not your ordinary produce and I wish I could shop there every week because it was so fresh and beautiful (not unlike myself)

and - guess how much that all cost? no really - guess.

well you're wrong because it was only $4 - that's right 4. I felt giddy about this whole side trip. Not only was it riddled with produce stands but it's actually a better view of Willard Bay than from the main highway:

to top it all off I got to pass by Smith & Edwards Country Boy Store. I didn't go in but man I used to love that store. It's the only place I know of that you can buy an army surplus jacket and bulk candy all in the same place. I think one of these days I'm going to go on a trip to Pleasant View just to go to Smith & Edwards. Okay I might visit my family while I'm there. maybe.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

After a relaxing day at the hotel in Mombasa we had to wake up bright and early to catch a charter flight to the Masai Mara.

We landed on a nice landing strip and then let some people off the plane, but it turns out we were headed to a different destination - an even more remote landing strip.


it had an arrival & departure lounge:

as well as a duty-free shop:

Some jeeps came to pick us up and we headed to the lodge. It turns out that this is one of the nicest places to stay there and after our village living we felt like royalty.

We were given juice while they gave an orientation and then we were shown to our "tent"

It was a little bit chilly there so every night our room attendant would turn down our beds and place a hot water bottle at the foot of the bed under the covers which made our beds so warm and cozy. Then every morning he would awake us with a friendly "Jambo" and bring a tray of warm tea or hot chocolate and cookies and set it on our nightstand. Then we would hear the sounds of the birds and the hippos from the river below us echoing up. The sound of hippos is kind of like a mixture of a chainsaw and a fog horn. It seems like it would be annoying, but it's kind of nice. These creatures also seem like they would be gentle giants but they are actually responsible for more human deaths there than any other animal. It's because they are so unpredictable and they are very defensive. I loved watching and listening to them. This guy was right outside our balcony:

We went on several game drives and were able to see a lot of animals in the wild. It was so so so amazing.

We were also able to visit a Masai Village. This is a tribe who respects the animals and because they haven't killed them all off there are many to enjoy on their lands. The men used to have to kill a lion in order to reach warrior status but they don't do that anymore. The lions stay away from their bright red clothing because they are known to be a danger to them. The men go out with the herds of cows everyday and walk for miles. The cows wear bells so they will know where they are at all times. The men are also known for their ability to jump extremely high - much higher than a white man can jump.

After they showed us their village and how they make fire from sticks, they showed us some jewelry and crafts they had for sell out on blankets. As I was walking around the blankets I heard one of the women turning off her cell phone. The service provider in their area is called Safaricom. no joke.

more animals:

We spotted that lion couple earlier in the day and on our way out we saw that the woman had brought home the bacon (wildebeast) and Mr. Lion was enjoying a feast:

(toilets are at the rear)
for all the pictures you can:

and here is some video:

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