Stare Down

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Jan 2007

Nikon D2x, 200-400VR @ 260mm, ISO 400, 1/320sec @f9


Well, it is almost Christmas and all of the kids are home for a little vacation from their military lives.  It is always fun to have noise in the house.  As I strolled thru REI today looking for Christmas gifts, I found Africa to be on my mind.  Just about 30 days from now, I will start my first African safari of 2008 as I meet up with Andy Biggs for another safari deep into the northern Serengeti.  Following this safari I will have a few days off before I link up with my safari group, starting in early February.  On the 6th of February, I will lead 12 lucky folks into many of the special places of Tanzania that I have come to know.  I can hardly wait to get the dust of Africa back on my boots.  Having acquired a new 500mm lens for this trip, I am facing packing challenges and find myself starting the evaluation of how much risk do I want to take by placing some of my sensitive equipment in checked baggage.   In between the two safaris, I intend to explore a few new areas to include in the Feb 2009 trip.  I am also looking forward to spending time a Gibbs Farm and taking advantage of their room renovations.  I understand that the outside showers are a big hit with recent travelers.  Looks like Rick and Judy have done it again.