A GORILLA SMACKED ME IN UGANDA

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So as to not bury the lede, a blackback gorilla (the second largest gorilla, and the second in command behind the silverback), RAN UP TO ME AND GAVE ME A PLAYFUL SMACK ON MY RIGHT LEG, THEN GRABBED MY RIGHT THIGH (which felt sort of like an 800-pound gorilla smacking me on my right leg, then grabbing me on my right thigh) today while I was gorilla trekking in Uganda.  Read more

UGANDA’S NEXT DOCTOR AND ENGINEER

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I decided to go wandering all afternoon, down through a valley, across a river.

Soon I was both a bit lost, and had a group of 12-14 boys (guessing ages four to 15) walking along with me.

Eventually we stopped near a small waterfall and sat down, everyone crowding around my camera’s LCD to see what water looks like when a camera makes it “stop moving.” “Wow, wow, wow!” “Can I try?” “I want to try!”  Read more

PENETRATING BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

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A teensy bit hungover and not terribly motivated, I rallied by afternoon and caught a flight south (flight sounds so big on a small plane) from Entebbe to Kihihi. Then a 1½-hour drive to, I’m thinking…PARADISE. Read more

LEARNING TO FLY HIGH ABOVE UGANDA

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Pilot Derek (PD) and I had a grand time this afternoon flying back from the Lomach Airstrip in Kidepo Valley to the Kajjansi airstrip (near Entebbe). This was my second flight with PD (was lucky enough to get him again today), having flown here to Kidepo with him a few days ago.

PD briefly lost mind and let me fly the plane (after a substantial amount of instruction and sitting next to me). And not B.S. flying… Read more