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WEEKS 10-12: TURKANA THRILLS

May 18, 2018

You know the saying, “sometimes the journey is the destination”? Well, as I found out during my last course in Africa, that was only partially true for the Lake Turkana region – as both the journey and the destination were the destination.


WEEKS 7-9: MAMMAL MIA!

April 28, 2018

For the last few weeks I’ve very much enjoyed retelling some wild stories about baboon attacks, Aberdare adventures and terrifying moments on Mount Kenya. But maybe it’s time to come back down to Earth for a bit (and just a bit) and remind you all that I did actually come here to do some work. This post certainly won’t be as thrilling or humor-filled as some of my others, but I think it may actually be interesting to take a look at some of the really intriguing projects I did and lessons I learned in my third course – Natural History of African Mammals.


WEEK 6: SUMMIT STRESS

April 19, 2018

Last week I left us at the base of our final hill, the summit of Mt. Kenya very much in sight and excitement washing over our group. It was 5:40 in the morning but the glow of the rising sun was beginning to light up the mountain. I was convinced the worst was over, and that in 20 minutes or so I was going to be standing at the end of the greatest climb of my life.

I was very, very wrong. From then on out it was all downhill, in every sense but the literal.


WEEK 5: MOUNTAINS OF TERROR

April 8, 2018

I LOVE mountains. Anyone who knows me pretty well probably has heard me rant about this love of mountains. I got my start as a nature photographer at Banff National Park in Canada – an incredibly majestic section of the Canadian Rockies whose streams, lakes, and meadows blew me away and inspired my environmental passion. It’s always been places like that where I’m most at peace. So after spending two months in the dry, flat savannah of Africa I was beyond excited to visit the alpine ecosystems of central Kenya.


WEEK 4: UP CLOSE WITH HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT

March 24, 2018

Mount Kilimanjaro. Everyone knows it. Whether you saw it in the Lion King or heard about it in Toto’s “Africa”, Kilimanjaro stands as one of the world’s most famous mountains and the highest in Africa. When I learned I’d be spending 10 days in the Amboseli region of Kenya, under the shadow of Kili, I was excited to see this renowned giant up close. But I was completely unprepared for the sight. In Kiswahili the name means Mountain (Kilima) of Greatness (Njaro). It’s fitting. Kilimanjaro dominants the horizon like nothing I had ever seen before, and served as an impeccable backdrop for 10 of the more memorable days of my life.


WEEK 3: KAKAMEGA ADVENTURES

March 20, 2018

Growing up, I was huge fan of the Indiana Jones movies. I mean, what could be more exciting? The hunt for lost treasure, wild chases through the dense jungle, horrifying run-ins with evil snakes and terrifying omens…all a recipe for one wild and completely fantastical adventure.


WEEK 2: THE UNFORGETTABLE WEEK

February 17, 2018

You know those experiences? The ones that truly stick out in your personal life playback, the ones that were truly unique, truly unforgettable, truly memorable?

Of course you do. I’ve found that experiences like that happen very infrequently (makes sense – how else could something be so special?). Once every couple of years, maybe. Once a year, if you lead a truly spectacular life. But twice in one week? That’s unheard of.


WEEK 1: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

February 11, 2018

Ugh, where to begin?

I spent a good amount of time during my first week in Africa debating how to start my inaugural blog post. Do I talk about how Kenya is like The Lion King come to life? How the people here are some of the nicest I have ever met? How the night skies are so dark you can see stars you never knew existed?


WELCOME!

January 31, 2018

Hi everyone! This is where I’ll be posting weekly blog posts about my adventures in Kenya, complete with (I hope) interesting stories and incredible photos. Follow along, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any comments or questions! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.