A blog about running in the Houston area with notes about diet, cross-training and weight loss. Incidental topics include USA and African travel, vegan cooking, movies, books, and bird-watching.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Back from Africa
It has been well more than a months since Kath and I set off to Paris for a few days, then Namibia (Skeleton Coast Safari) and I went on from there to various other places in Southern Africa, ending with a few days with the family in Pretoria. All this means a lot of work has been piling up here in Houston, but the trip was fantastic.
Skeleton Coast was simply otherworldly, interesting time at Doro Nawas with outings to San rock engravings ; petrified forest, fascinating San interpretive walk, hundreds of oryx, springbok, beautiful black-maned lions at Kalahari Plains, leopards hanging from trees at Tubu, cheetah kill @ Selinda, wild dogs, mating leopards at Dumatau, excellent water activities at Banoka, and vehicles swimming at Duba... And lots of lions everywhere, climbing onto all kinds of things including woodpiles and termite hills.
Here are three of my favorite pics from the trip, so far - haven't even looked at them all yet:
A very relaxed leopard at Tubu Tree Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
A young lion cub at Duba clambered onto this vantage point, awaiting the arrival of its dad, the dominant male lion in the area (Tsaro pride).
These two Hartmann's Mountain Zebras obligingly stood still for just a few seconds right in front of a bush at Desert Rhino Camp in the Kaokoveld region of Namibia.
I am a veteran runner who started running as a lark in high school and have never stopped. I have run 15 marathons, the last one of which was the 2009 Boston Marathon. My other interests include the movies, cooking, travel (the business that I'm in), opera and birding, although I do not have as much time for it as I used to.