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High School Girls With Pickaxes

Breaking rocks is hard work. I wish I could speak from a lifetime experience, but in all my years, I only have these two half-days in Tanzania  during which time I personally smashed very hard rocks with iron tools. As activities go, breaking rocks can hurt something horrible. I still have blisters on both hands,…

Perspective

It gets cold in Africa. We are just below the equator but over a mile high in altitude, so that evenings are cool and mornings are overcast. In Tanzania, July does not bring the T-shirt weather of home—July means winter. We have traded summer for the African winter and I am shivering beneath a spotty…

Water For Tea

I went running that morning. I took off outside the gate and launched up the chocolate-colored road, ankle-deep in dust. A minute later, my shoes and socks were black with dirt, and I tasted the earth on my teeth, like salty crushed graham crackers. Tanzania’s winter is so dry and the air so still, the…

Ten Tanzania Travel Tips

Wandering Tanzania’s national parks for an entire month taught me many things—like how to stay very quiet and still when there’s a 7-ton elephant rubbing against your tent. In all my travels in all the world, I have never had such rich and fulfilling wildlife encounters as I did in Tanzania, which is why I…

Climbing Kilimanjaro

I walk through the uphill dust of an ancient explosion. My boots crunch into the slope in rhythm, worn rubber upon stones and sand, and in my head, I imagine the mighty boom that formed this mountain before me. I have walked five days to get to this point—through leafy forests jumping with monkeys, then…

LIVE from the Summit of Kilimanjaro

This will be the shortest blog post of my life. It is minus 15° C [5° F] with very strong wind and typing means taking my gloves off, BUT, I wanted to live blog my reaching the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Yes, right now, I am typing this at 19,341 ft (5,895 m) which…

Mars

For more about my Kilimanjaro adventure, read my posts from day one, day two, and day three. There is life on Mars—I know because I am here. There is water on Mars, too—I know because I am wet. I cannot see the rain in the foggy glow of my sunglasses, but I can feel it—like…

Acclimatizing

For more about my Kilimanjaro adventure, read my posts from day one, day two, and day four. Every morning my guide Zachary asks me if I have slept like a baby and every morning I tell him yes, just like a baby. Whoever invented this expression never had a baby, because most of the babies…

Zachary

For more about my Kilimanjaro adventure, read my posts from day one, day three, and day four. My guide smokes. In fact, I suspect that when he is not climbing mountains, he is probably quite the heavy chain smoker. I have no problem with this. Up here, the wind is strong enough that I don’t…

The Hill No Man Can Climb

For more about my Kilimanjaro adventure, read my posts from day two, day three, and day four. I am not athletic, I am not an Olympian, I am not a climber. I am neither Sir Edmund Hillary nor Jon Krakauer, nor shall I ever aspire to mimic mountaineering men. I am merely a traveler on…