June 4, 2018
04.06.2018 - 04.06.2018
We had a wake-up call-which meant that they came to the tent and called to us as there were no phones.
It took two of them to get us in the wheelchair back down to breakfast.
They had good banana shaped pancakes (long and thin rather than round). I liked them even though they were usually not hot.
Then we picked our lunch from a buffet and loaded our luggage into the truck
Up to this point, my granddaughter had been using her cell phone for photos, but yesterday she discovered that a cell phone is not really adequate for wildlife, even as close as we would get. So she started using one of my cameras. Most of the photos of animals from here on are her photos taken with my camera with the 100-300 lens. I have a hard time using that camera as it is heavy and a day of using it gives me a sore neck.
We set off for Lake Manyara. On the way out we saw some more of the black and dark blue flags which they hang around the area treated with pesticide to kill the tsetse flies.
Flies were very bothersome yesterday and we used some of the OFF wipes. I looked up sleeping sickness on the internet and it said that untreated it was 100% fatal. I told Jeremiah and he said that since the symptoms were like malaria, it was often misdiagnosed
I saw a tsetse fly on the back of the headrest and tried to take a photo of it but it did not stand out very well against the red and black check.
We saw vultures,
and then crossed a river and saw an
I took a photo of one of the signs they have -the kind that the elephants can't tear up or push over (at least not easily)
We left the park and I tried to take some photos of how they grow corn - they put squash or sunflowers in between the rows. (My photos weren't very good). We saw some more Maasai herds
and then we went to Jeremiah's village.
He stopped to give his mother something where she was volunteering at a clinic, and showed us where he went to school, and he also bought a paper showing the con-joined twins dying. He also bought some red skinned bananas for us to try.
My granddaughter does not like bananas that much.
We saw more baboons
and impala and my granddaughter got some better photos of them.
Then we saw a pair of wart hogs,
and herds of zebra,
and also the Cape buffalo - the ones where the males have the big horns. There were cattle egrets around them.
(These are not water buffalo-water buffalo are bigger, have bigger horns and are not as bad tempered so they are not as dangerous, having been domesticated. Plus water buffalo are from Asia and not Africa)
I took a couple of photos of termite mounds.
One of the roads we started down had been washed out so we had to turn around. .
We stopped for a picnic lunch.
I had potato salad, meat loaf sandwich (which they called roast beef), a hard boiled egg, something that was like a brownie, and ginger cookies
On the way out of the park we saw a giraffe,
The baboon baby eyes would roll up in his head so that the eyes were just white (like Orphan Annie), but we did not get a photo of that.
and some sweet elephants with two babies. One had no tusks and one had just little nubbins.
Then we left that park and climbed the escarpment
and tonight we are at the Bashray Rift Lodge. We had a nice room
with a balcony, and I asked my granddaughter to go out and take a photo of the balcony. The door had a latch at the top and bottom and she was too short to reach, so she stood on her suitcase to open the top latch so she could get the photo.
We went up to the bar for dinner, but the dining room had four steps with no hand rails and I did not think I could do them, so they brought a table down and served our dinner in the bar.
It was very noisy because there was a group of 19 Italians having a meeting in the bar and doing a lot of cheering.
The appetizer was a stuffed tomato - stuffed with a soup I think.
Then we had meat and a kind of spinach and mashed potatoes in a shell which was bread crumbs.
There were lights above us which attracted moths, and one of them fell on my granddaughter's plate. I told her it was more protein (as a joke), but she texted her mother that she had not seen me eat any of them.
I had to go up to the bar to sent emails. The internet was excruciatingly slow and I cannot get AOL to come up at all