Well, it's back to Arusha for a few days of shopping and winding down.
Our trip from Piyaya takes us by Lake Natron, at times a huge flamingo breeding area, a small town called Ngare Sero (not to be confused with Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge), and the active volcano Oldonyo Lengai, which erupted about 5 years ago.
Oldonyo Lengai happened to be in the clouds that day:
It's always and adventure with Paul & Jo. After heavy rains, the roads fill up with water. But do we care? No way - press on!:
Okay, so everybody had seen a Gerenuk but me, until Howard spotted this one for me - and quite a spot it was!:
After a long (12 hours), hot day on the road we spent out first night back in Arusha at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.
The following morning it was off to Tati's store (she's a good old friend of ours),
and a trip to Shanga, where disabled local people make great things to take home, like blown glass and woven fabrics,
a quick stop at Cultural Heritage,
then lunch at The Blue Heron, a favorite spot of the locals.
Here's Jo's family; flanked by Paul and his significant other, Lala,
and Bev, approving of my Castle Milk Stout.
And finally, another night at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge,
a land of flowers and bees,
and Fish Eagles overlooking us
as we have yet another group shot (they're all sick of my group shots by now) during late lunch by the pool
Hey, are you going to eat that desert?
It's been a long two weeks, but somebody has to finish the rum!
An overnight flight to Schipol,
a few more capuchinos coffee shop,
and a last look at Amsterdam.
"Flight crew, prepare for landing."
Mary and Howard
Jean and Cam
Liz and Sharon
Paul and Jo
for a wonderful trip.
The people make the trip, and you all were outstanding.
"See You In The Serengeti"
Mike and Bev