Climbing Kilimanjaro: Journey to the Summit

After preparing for my Kilimanjaro climb, here are some of the highlights from my trek. Day 1 – 4.3 miles/2,067 ft ascent (6.7 km/630 meters) 6:30 am Last hot shower at the hotel is not hot. There also isn’t any water. This is a most displeasing send-off. 7:30 Meet my fellow hikers: 2 Canadians and 3 people from the UK. They all seem like strong hikers. 3:00 After a 4 hour drive, a 2 hour delay with our permits, and a tasty lunch, we begin hiking. Today is only 3... Read More

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Prepared for the summit? Tomorrow morning, I will begin what will be a, 49.8 mile (80.2 km), 7 day trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), it is the highest peak in Africa, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and will be the tallest mountain I’ve ever climbed — that is, if I succeed. According to the National Park Service only 30% of climbers reach the peak. And keep in mind, some estimates suggest that more people die on Kilimanjaro each... Read More

Passion Fruit Fanta

Passion fruit Fanta might just be a reason to stay in Tanzania.  Read More

Oranges and Sunflower Seeds

Heading to Petra, waiting at the crazy port in Sinai with Egyptians, Jordanians and Palestinians for the slow ferry to Jordan. Without a word, men gave us oranges and sunflowers seeds. Women shepherded me in the right line for the ladies. Just another of the daily indicators about how wonderful people here are.  Read More