Archive for August, 2012

Netherlands Sailing – An OAT Adventure – Part 5

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

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From Volendam to Amsterdam was a short  sail. As we left Volendam a small (20-25ft) open  sailboat passed us. Aboard were ten to fifteen boys and girls.  They looked to be  about 8 or 9 years old, probably 4th graders.  Not a lifejacket among them.

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Netherlands Sailing – An OAT Adventure – Part 4

Friday, August 24th, 2012

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Full and bye in a stiff breeze

The morning was windy and wet.  Jannette said that we had to put on life jackets over our  foul weather gear.  All sails went up without a hitch and soon we sailing south.

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Netherlands Sailing – An OAT Adventure – Part 3

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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If there were church bells ringing that night, I slept right through them. Finally a good night’s sleep, interrupted only by my normal three AM pee call.

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Netherlands Sailing – An OAT Adventure – Part 2

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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Church tower in the town of Hoorn  

 In the town of Hoorn, there must be a dozen churches and campaniles that  ring their bells to mark the passing of the hours. None are synchronized and  they seem to ring throughout the night, each at their own tempo. The closest  one, in the guard tower a hundred feet away, chimed a single time, every 15  minutes. Was it fifteen after, or half-past, or a quarter to? (more…)

Netherlands Sailing – An OAT Adventure – Part 1

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

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Sailing scene from the deck of the Eehorn..

Most of my twenty other shipmates had rounded the corner 300 yards ahead of me. My knees hurt, I couldn’t get enough breath and worst, damn it, I had missed my morning coffee.
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Part 6C – The End of My Lifetime Dream

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

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A female lion from the last pride I would see in Africa

 

The last game drive was to be a highlight of both the trip and a lifetime goal. The White Rhinoceros is virtually extinct. Our driver has a brother who is one of 4 rangers on 24 hour guard to see that these  three rhinos are protected from poachers. (more…)

Part 6B – Antelopes of Masai Mara

Friday, August 17th, 2012

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 The Waterbuck, a large, common antelope in Masai Mara

 

The next morning we started our game drive with the goal of seeing the five different antelope species that are found in the Masai Mara Reserve. (more…)

Part 6A – Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya

Friday, August 17th, 2012

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A yawning ‘river horse’ in the Mara river

 

Our adventures in the Serengeti had come to an end. We drove back to Arusha and ‘Momma’s Guesthouse’ for our farewell dinner. Six of our group were to fly out that night. Three of us, myself, Nellie and Betty, were to extend our safari by three more days. Tonight we were to stay at the guesthouse. (more…)

Part 5E – Cheetahs on Serengeti Plains

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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During one of our game drives we came upon a group of three Cheetahs. The guides said they were probably young brothers and sisters, not yet fully grown but out of the family unit. Female cheetahs tend their young for about a year and then send them on their own. (more…)

Part 5D – Giraffes on the Serengeti

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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Giraffes are found in all the parks of Tanzania.  In the Serengeti we found them in the Ndutu woodlands.  (more…)