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Leaving Serengeti National Park for Grumeti Hills

June 7, 2018


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12 volt lantern

12 volt lantern

Lizard outside the tent in the morning

Lizard outside the tent in the morning


Today was a little unusual. We got our wake-up call/visit as usual and packed and dressed and had breakfast.
Maasai pushing my wheelchair

Maasai pushing my wheelchair


African Pride Tea bag

African Pride Tea bag


My granddaughter got the pancakes but didn't eat them as they were cold. I like them even cold as they are tender
Pancakes

Pancakes


and some of the muffins and breads at breakfast tend to be dry. She got scrambled eggs and I got fried and this time they were over easy.
Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs

Bar tent from the eating tent

Bar tent from the eating tent


We left the camp about 8 but left our luggage there as we were coming back here for what Jeremiah described as a hot lunch. The first thing we saw was a pair of ostriches-the male was pooping, but neither of us got a photo of that.
ostrich

ostrich

ostrich

ostrich


Then we saw some
Giraffe

Giraffe

Eagle

Eagle


and a marabou stork. (An ugly bird).
marabou stork

marabou stork


We stopped where there was a troop of baboons
Baboon (male)

Baboon (male)

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Some of the little ones were climbing partway up the tree and jumping into a bush.
Baby baboon

Baby baboon

Baby baboon

Baby baboon


Jeremiah pointed out a sausage tree like they have at Edison's estate in Florida.
Sausage tree

Sausage tree


I took some photos of weaver bird nests,
Weaver bird nests

Weaver bird nests


and we saw more lions in a tree.
Do Not Stop on Bridge

Do Not Stop on Bridge


We crossed a river which had some hippos,
Hippos

Hippos


and came upon a male and female lion in a tree.
Lioness

Lioness


Lion

Lion

Lioness

Lioness

Lioness

Lioness


The male got up and came toward the female who told him 'not this morning' so he turned around and lay back down on the branch.
Lions

Lions


One of the better roads

One of the better roads


My granddaughter took photos of a jackal running along.
Jackel

Jackel

jackel

jackel


Then we saw a lion head pop up out of the tall grass.
Male lion

Male lion


Turned out to be a young male lion about 6 years old (too young for the full mane) with a kill of a wildebeest.
Lion and kill

Lion and kill

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lion

Lion with his kill

Lion with his kill


My photo of him was funny because the grass looked like his eyebrows.
Young male lion in the grass

Young male lion in the grass


We came to huge herds of zebras -some wildebeests, but mostly zebras.
zebra

zebra


Zebra herds

Zebra herds

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Zebra

Zebra

Wildebeests

Wildebeests

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zebra

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

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zebra

zebra

zebra

zebra

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zebra


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zebra


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zebra


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zebra


zebra

zebra


Did you know that zebras bark? Sounded like a lot of dogs all barking at each other. Some of them started running and I took a bunch of photos of that.
Hear hoofbeats - think zebras?

Hear hoofbeats - think zebras?


running zebras

running zebras


Running zebras

Running zebras


Running zebras

Running zebras


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zebra


We saw a couple of more lions snoozing on rocks.
Lion asleep

Lion asleep


Lioness on a rock

Lioness on a rock

Lion asleep

Lion asleep


We went back to the visitor's center for me to use the bathroom
Ikoma (shop was closed)

Ikoma (shop was closed)

Lunch table

Lunch table

Water tanks

Water tanks


and then back to the camp for lunch.
lunch fries and salad

lunch fries and salad


The hot lunch turned out to be soup, and a salad with avocado, french fries and bread. (They do good bread). My granddaughter did not want the avocado, so I gave her most of my french fries. Then we talked until 3 when our luggage was brought from the room and packed into the car.
Fire circle with chairs destroyed

Fire circle with chairs destroyed

SERENGETI National Park rules

SERENGETI National Park rules


We exited the park (we are still in the Serengeti just outside the park) and then saw again the herds of sheep and goats and the schools and houses of local people. We got to Grumeti Hills about 4:30. The only internet is in the main lodge, and it is slow but pretty good. Our tent room is beautiful and looks out on a peaceful scene,
View from Grumeti Hills

View from Grumeti Hills

View from our cabin

View from our cabin


but it is a long walk uphill to the lodge where the dining and internet are. It did not have an electric plug, but the manager had the electrician put one in for us.
Inside our cabin

Inside our cabin

Bathroom

Bathroom


They have a swimming pool here and it was warm in the afternoon. But when my granddaughter went up there she said it was such a steep climb that I would not be able to get up there. I don't think she would swim without me and probably someone should be there.

We had dinner. They have homed in on the milk thing more than necessary I think. The appetizer was a little round thing of tuna with egg whites, onion and pepper
Tuna appetizer

Tuna appetizer

Dinner

Dinner


and then a vegetable soup. They gave my granddaughter hers without milk and mine had milk. She didn't like hers so we switched and I had her non-milk,and then finished up the milk one that she did not finish. Then we had beef and mashed potatoes, carrots and eggplant. I tasted the carrots and eggplant but I do not think my granddaughter even did that. I ate the potatoes and a little of the meat. My granddaughter really liked the meat and ate a lot of it. Then she said her throat was closing up and she decided she needed to take some benadryl. She took two tablets and drank some water and we waited up there and the benadryl seemed to be working. While we were doing that, I had her pick out photos to post to FaceBook as a distraction.

We came down and got ready for bed -she says she is all better. I don't know what caused the reaction unless it was the pumpkin in the soup or the sauce on the meat.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:20 Archived in Tanzania Comments (2)

Breakfast Walk and Night Drive

June 8


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My granddaughter was to go on a morning walk this morning and she set her phone to alarm at 6:00 so when it went off I woke her up. It was hard to get her started this morning. But eventually she was off-dressed and sun screened. She came running back for the camera. The walk took about an hour and she saw zebras, gazelles or antelopes etc. She took only 2 photos. There was another couple with her (French) and a guide and a ranger.
zebra

zebra


She said her feet weren't tired but she said she got into some acadia thorn/stickers. Then they had breakfast (table cloths and everything) right out there on the plain
.breakfast outside

breakfast outside

Land Cruiser and cooks

Land Cruiser and cooks


dove in an acacia tree

dove in an acacia tree


Meanwhile I was unable to find my inhaler. I had it in my pocketbook in the box but the box was empty. I guess I will use the rescue inhaler instead. I never thought they did much for me anyway. I went up to lodge and discussed the food problem. Finally found out that they cook with soy oil and my granddaughter has had a reaction to soy in the doctor's office. But my daughter said she can eat soy beans. Maybe the oil is more concentrated. Or maybe that's not it

I decided just to relax today and not go out again in the Land Cruiser. So after breakfast, I went and lay down and finished a book in my Kindle that I started on the plane. We are to go on a night drive tonight.

I came up for lunch and to use the internet. Lunch was strange - the bread is good. I had spinach soup and they brought my granddaughter fries and a salad. They said they would bring her pasta but they brought it to me (along with sausage which is another thing she likes). So I traded plates with her and made cucumber sandwiches from the salad with the bread.

We were to have a night drive tonight, so I thought that when I came up that I would do the internet up at the lodge, have dinner, and go on the night safari and they would not have to push me up and down the rock path but once. So I came up with the computer bag and sat on the couch and did the internet. I had some bathroom issues and I was trying to limit my fruit intake. I found that not only are there 7 steps up to the lodge headquarters, but there are steps down from there to the bathrooms. Definitely not handicapped accessible (although they do not say that they are) They do have some cabins with electricity for CPAP machines.

My granddaughter did go up to the lookout point without me to see the sunset
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sunset


We had dinner and it was an "African dinner" but there wasn't much African about it. It was pork, rice, two kinds of potato and salad. My granddaughter tried each thing a small bite and waited for a reaction, and she got a mild one with the pumpkin.

We had an open air vehicle for the safari with just my granddaughter and me seated in it. There was also a driver, a man with a spotlight and a ranger. (The rangers have the guns) The other people had to stand in the vehicle that followed. Apparently in this area, off-roading is allowed. It is not allowed in the National Park.

We saw an aardvark, spring hares, white tailed mongoose, and dikdiks but didn't get a photo as they ran away too fast. It was tricky to take photos of animals which were moving and where the spotlight was also moving. Sometimes the spotlight made the place where the animal was too bright. My granddaughter got reasonably good photos of a rabbit, a Genet cat, jackal
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rabbit


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Genet cat

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Genet cat


Jackal

Jackal

Jackal

Jackal

jackal

jackal


and some of a family of hyenas.
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hyena

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hyena


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hyenas

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hyenas

The baby hyenas were really cute and completely unfazed by the spotlights. They came up and sniffed the tires of the vehicle and one of them even walked under it. I suspect that the guide knew approximately where this group could be found because a lady who did the drive the night before mentioned them.
baby hyena

baby hyena

baby hyena

baby hyena

baby hyena

baby hyena


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hyena

hyena

hyena


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hyena


I did a little better with the impalas, and the eagle
antelope

antelope

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impalas

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impala

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impala

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eagle

We went to bed before packing, but I found my inhaler in the bottom of my pocketbook. I read the directions about the morning walk and the night drive and found that they were extra, so I took the money for them out and put it where I could pay in the morning.

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Leopard on the way to Olduvai.

June 9


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My granddaughter does not like getting up when it is cold, so she was slow this morning. We were to meet our guide at 9.
From the porch at Grumaldi

From the porch at Grumaldi


flowers

flowers


So I was pushed up the path for the last time (it is a steep path and it takes two of them always), to have breakfast.
Our cabin at Grumaldi

Our cabin at Grumaldi


The breakfast was a buffet
breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet


and my granddaughter brought me bread and a pancake (cold as usual).
breakfast

breakfast


She had watermelon and they gave her watermelon juice to drink.
breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast


There was a hornbill outside the window and she took some photos of it.
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hornbill

bird outside the window

bird outside the window


I had a bunch of $5 bills to give to those that I recognized. The manager came and wanted to know if I had change for a $100 bill, which I did because I had the cash to tip the guide etc. The restaurant manager said I owed $73 for water, a coke, tea etc. I was surprised to have to pay for tea and I don't know what we had that was so expensive. I didn't get a listing because I was distracted by paying for the morning walk and night drive. Then the manager said I could pay for them with a credit card, but the credit card was 'not authorized' -they said it was because it was a Signature card. So I paid in cash which was cheaper anyway. Then I handed out $5 bills to the two restaurant guys and to the wheelchair pushers. They were apparently thrilled with that. I didn't tip the manager separately because I thought that one didn't tip management.

We started off for Olduvai camp. My granddaughter has photos of some giraffes
giraffe

giraffe

giraffe

giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffe


and some impala
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impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala

impala


and then we came to a hippo pool (the sign warned not to get out of the car).
hippo

hippo

Hippo

Hippo


Jeremiah explained about how mold in the hippo poop feeds the catfish and the insects and then the birds eat the insects. So a whole eco-system. Then we saw a hippo poop. Jeremiah said that they "wiped" with their tails. But I didn't think he did such a good job of wiping.
Hippo who has just pooped

Hippo who has just pooped


We stopped to take photos of 3 lions in a tree,
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lion

lions

lions

lions

lions

buffalo

buffalo


and then I had to use the bathroom and so we went back to the visitor's center for that.
Back at the Visitor's Center

Back at the Visitor's Center

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road


Truck to be push started

Truck to be push started

Butterflies

Butterflies


My granddaughter found and played with a butterfly for a bit. I gave her a magnifying glass so she co ld see the wings better.
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butterfly

granddaughter with butterfly

granddaughter with butterfly

holding on

holding on


After that we saw a leopard climbing around on the rocks and my granddaughter got some really GOOD photos of her.
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Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard


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leopard


Leopard

Leopard


Leopard

Leopard


Leopard

Leopard


Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard

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leopard

leopard

leopard

Leopard

Leopard


Then we went back for lunch.
hyrax

hyrax

Rules of the park

Rules of the park


After lunch we drove to the Masai village where they danced for us
maasai

maasai

Maasai women

Maasai women

Maasai men

Maasai men

Maasai jumping

Maasai jumping

Maasai shoes - he's the best jumper

Maasai shoes - he's the best jumper


and showed my granddaughter the inside of one of the huts (2 bedroom). (She said it was too dark for a photo) Each wife has her own hut, but men can have more than one wife. The women wanted to know how many children I had.
Maasai village

Maasai village

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Granddaughter with Maasai woman

Granddaughter looking at souvenirs

Granddaughter looking at souvenirs

Leaving the Maasai village

Leaving the Maasai village


It was very close after that to get to Olduvai. We are in the closest tent to the main tent where there is internet but it is up a steep rocky path. My grandaughter got a shower and went down to do internet.
Near Olduvai

Near Olduvai

Olduvai

Olduvai

Path at Olduvai

Path at Olduvai

Granddaughter reading the rules

Granddaughter reading the rules


There were quite a few people there and she said I should not go down to do the internet so I asked them to bring dinner up to me and then I got a shower (they put a little table into the shower for me to sit on). Dinner started with cucumber slices and some little packets with eggplant (or as they call it -aubergine) and I knew my granddaughter wouldn't care for the eggplant. She got a mild reaction from licking the vinegar off the cucumber.
appetizer

appetizer


Then they gave us vegetable soup, and then chicken, rice and maybe a salad. Neither of us can remember for sure and I didn't take a photo.

I knew that Olduvai Gorge was where the Leakeys discovered very early hominin fossils, and that there was a museum there. But my granddaughter said that she was definitely NOT interested in visiting it. So I did not make an effort to go.

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Shopping and Getting Home


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June 10

We were to meet Jeremiah at 8 so we went down the rocky path in the wheelchair at about 7:15 and I sat in the computer area and sent emails and posted a couple photos.
Breakfast at Olduvai

Breakfast at Olduvai


Then my granddaughter picked up lunch from the lunch buffet for both of us and I had some eggs and toast, and she had watermelon and scrambled eggs.
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Loaded everything into the van and started driving. We went out of the Serengeti and up the mountain,
View of the country from a washboard road

View of the country from a washboard road


Sign leaving the area

Sign leaving the area


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view

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View

View

Granddaughter at last vista

Granddaughter at last vista

Road down

Road down

Ngorongoro rules

Ngorongoro rules


and were out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area by about 9:40 and after we got down the mountain, we started seeing the regular African life.
Three-wheeler

Three-wheeler

Traffic

Traffic

wheelchair crossing

wheelchair crossing


They also had signs about blind people but I didn't get a photo of that
Woman with bundle on her head

Woman with bundle on her head

Steep descent warning

Steep descent warning


Curvy road

Curvy road


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fields

Flower field

Flower field


Woman and child crossing the street

Woman and child crossing the street


About 11, we stopped at a gift shop
Carvings for sale

Carvings for sale

Fabrics for sale

Fabrics for sale

Granddaughter with a coke

Granddaughter with a coke

Piles of T-shirts

Piles of T-shirts

Paintings for sale

Paintings for sale


and I got some things for the great grandsons and had them shipped to Bob. Jeremiah wanted us to get to Rivertrees before eating lunch so we ate in the room after we got there.
Jeremiah and my granddaughter at Rivertrees

Jeremiah and my granddaughter at Rivertrees

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I can get the internet from the porch outside the cabin, but I can't have the wheelchair after tonight, so I will have to walk to breakfast.

I have packed the brown bag, and have arranged the stuff in my pocketbook and computer bag. At 7, I sent my granddaughter down to get someone to push me to dinner and she came back with a waiter. There was a buffet and she got her stuff from the buffet. The waiter gave me a list of what was on the buffet and I got potato salad, BBQ beef and black forest cake which was all very good. My granddaughter got some BBQ beef too and fed some to the cat.

We both were cold so we both got extra blankets and closed all the windows. I got into bed and my granddaughter helpfully arranged the mosquito netting around me. I also showed her how to shut the windows (there was a piece of wood that kept the window screens from sliding and with them fixed in position, you could not reach the window controls).

As soon as I logged on with the computer it came up for us to register and get our boarding passes but it said that we needed to get them printed out.

June 11

They didn't come for the wheelchair, so I still have it. I suspect that the person that they thought needed it has her own - this one is quite a cheap one. This morning, I walked to breakfast with my granddaughter following with the wheelchair and I sat down once to get my breath. They had a menu on the chalkboard so I got eggs and I told her that they also had bacon (spelled becans) and she got some of that. After breakfast we went to reception to get the boarding passes printed out. They said to email to info@rivertrees.com and she was able to do that with hers, but my cell phone will only get mindspring (not aol) and will not send any messages. So I had to come back to the computer to do that.

On the way to lunch with my granddaughter following me with the wheelchair so I could sit down, I tripped on a shoelace and fell. She thought she had pushed me over. I wasn't hurt at all. The manager came over and two maids and after I managed to get up, the manager pushed me to the restaurant. One foot rest broke off the wheelchair (again) and this time he says it isn't repairable.

We had pizza for lunch (they have their own wood fired pizza oven) and I expect we will leave for the airport about 6 for a flight out at 9 pm

The PTB apparently thought I wanted to be at the airport at 6, so they came at 5:20 when I was just getting ready to leave. So we left about 5:30. The driver stopped on the way so I was able to get some photos of Mt. Kilimanjaro (it was dark when we came and we couldn't see it).
Mt Kilamanjaro

Mt Kilamanjaro

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As we got to the airport, the cab driver went in and after some arguing with a lady who was wrangling the luggage carts, got a wheelchair and someone to push. And got our luggage on a cart for my granddaughter to push. He took us through security and they didn't ask me to take off my coat. But when they went to pat me down they found all kinds of stuff in my coat pockets - a camera battery and a flashlight among other things.

THEN to check our bags. At the last minute they asked if we had any electronics in the bags and when we said there were a couple of cameras in there, they said that they might be damaged and we should taken them out. When we didn't, they made us sign the luggage tags. I thought this might alert a thief that there was something in there to steal, but everything came through OK.

We also went through the exit immigration and had the passports stamped. They did not even ask to see the boarding passes that we printed out. They were totally unnecessary. Then, since it was still early for the flight, the wheelchair guy wanted to take us to the lounge. Unfortunately, the lounge was on the second floor and the elevator was broken. So I climbed a spiral staircase. Got up there about 6:45 Tanzanian time.
Kilamanjaro airport lounge

Kilamanjaro airport lounge


Up there we could plug our stuff in and I charged my kindle. We also had free drinks and munchies. We had saved the pizza from the day before, but didn't eat it.

When it was time for the plane to start boarding, they came and got me and I went down the staircase. I thought briefly about sliding down the railing -that would have been fun, but I was wearing a skirt, so perhaps too much fun. They had asked me if I could climb the steps to the airplane, and thinking of the plane we had in Grenada, I said I could, but this plane was a 787-200 and there were a LOT of stairs. I came down in the dark when I got here and I didn't really see the stairs in all their glory at that time. I got slower and slower as I got to the top, but I did make it. My granddaughter was in 4D (again) and I was in 4G so we were next to each other in the middle. We were a little late taking off because they had an extra inspection of some kind.

First we went to Dar el Salaam - We took off about 22:15 and the flight took about an hour, and we were there on the ground for about another hour. We watched the cleanup people do the plane and watched some TV on the in-flight entertainment. Then after we took off again they gave us dinner. We slept some. The seats were bigger on this plane but had the disadvantage that I could not reach anything while I had my seat belt on and there was no place to put anything (like my glasses) without the danger of them sliding off the console into the recesses of the seat. I wanted to charge my cell phone, but couldn't find the cord. In the morning, they gave us breakfast.

We landed in Amsterdam about 7 Amsterdam time (it would have been 8 Tanzanian time). The wheelchair person took me off the plane and put me into a four person cart. Then he went back for another couple. While we were waiting (it was about 8:30) a loud siren went off. There was no one around - the terminal in that direction seemed mostly deserted. After we spent some time with our fingers in our ears, the alarm stopped.
Schiphol airport with alarm going off

Schiphol airport with alarm going off


There was barely room for the three of us adults and our carry-on luggage. There was no room for my granddaughter, so she had to walk. I think he should have gotten a bigger cart. We had to go through security again and this time instead of checking my granddaughter's inhaler, they picked on my stuff. They also took away the water bottle I got on the plane.

He left us in the elderly and handicapped row at gate E47. There was a couple already there and also a young man who did not appear to be either elderly or handicapped. He had a package on the only other seat, so I said to him "My granddaughter needs a seat" so he took the package off and let her sit down. The wheelchair guy said he would have someone take me down the jetway, but I was not sanguine about how quickly this would occur. So I told her to go ahead and get on when they started Priority boarding. She demurred.

When they started boarding, they called for families with infants under 2 years of age, and I swear there were at least 25 families with all ages of children (some of whom were quite a bit older than 2 and with no apparent younger siblings).

Then they started Priority/Business and there was still no wheelchair. So my granddaughter got on, and texted her mother that she was on but I was still in the airport. She was in seat 4D again - she was in that seat for all 3 flights.

I asked the boarding wrangler for a wheelchair and she said could I walk, and I said I couldn't walk more than about 100 feet and the jetway was at least 3 times that. Someone came in with a stack of two wheelchairs, and a lady came in another wheelchair. Eventually I got my wheelchair and got on. I was in seat 4A across from my granddaughter.

We started to taxi about 10:20 Amsterdam time which would be about 1720 Houston time. I like these seats better, but my hip was hurting me and I just could not get comfortable enough to sleep.

I have concluded that it does absolutely no good to tell an airline that someone has a peanut allergy as I know it was on the manifest for this part of the trip and they still offered my granddaughter actual peanuts.

They gave us a kind of brunch, and then before we got to Houston they gave us another meal. I had the tuna sandwich - the other option was a small hamburger.

My TV controller did not work at all - I had to use the touch screen. And about halfway through the flight my touch screen also stopped working. I wanted to see what the time was in Houston and I would pick the moving plane map and the screen would snap back to the opening screen where you chose your language. Neither the steward nor I could make it work. He offered for me to change seats but I declined as I didn't want to be too far from my granddaughter. Then about a hour before we got to Houston my screen started working again.

I think we got to Houston about 1300 Houston time, which would have been 2100 Tanzania time and 2000 Amsterdam time. When I got off the plane, I got a wheelchair as there were 10 or 15 people lined up with wheelchairs there at the jetway. Then later I passed another 10-15 wheelchair pushers lined up along the terminal wall. I guess that's where they all hang out and that's why you can't get a wheelchair when you arrive at the airport to get to the plane.

The wheelchair lady took us to immigration - the terminal was pretty empty of USA people going through immigration. The man asked where we had come from and I said Amsterdam, as that was technically where we were last. He asked how long we had been there and I said since May 30th. He asked if we were visiting family, and I said no we were just tourists. So he stamped our passports.

We did not have to go through customs - on the plane they said that US citizens or Canadians did not have to fill out the customs form. Then we got our bags, and my granddaughter phoned her mother who was in the cell phone lot. I asked if we were to meet outside or inside and she indicated that her mother would come in. I thought this unlikely so I phoned and we established that we were at Arrivals Terminal E. (The KLM website or the airport website said Terminal D). And we got outside and my daughter was arriving.
landing

landing


So I am here. We had a nice dinner and a quick run-through of the photos.

From June 12 to June 15, I arranged the photos - the best that each of us took, and showed them on the TV to the other grandparents. I repacked my bags and my daughter and son-in-law took me to Hobby airport arriving very early. It was easy to get a wheelchair and I did not even have to take out the computer as they had a dog checking us out before we went through security. I had another one of those Reserved Seat passes but I didn't put it on the seat on the first leg of the trip from Houston to Charlotte. There was a dog on the plane and he howled when we landed so I guess he had trouble clearing his ears.

I put the Reserved Seat pass down for the second leg of the trip and the man in the aisle seat was unhappy about it because they kept saying it was a full flight. So I said - if they pull away from the gate and there is someone still standing, I will pick up the reserved seat sign. And there wasn't, so I didn't.

We got to BWI a little early. The wheelchair lady took me to baggage claim and left me there while she went to get someone else. My bags came while she was gone and another passenger got them for me. Just about that time, Bob arrived with the scooter. He was parked in the garage less than half a hour. We got home about 6 after picking up dinner and getting gas.

My next trip in 2018 was the Howl at the Moon Cruise with my sister to Bermuda

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