Ferndale 4th of July 2015

This year for the 4th of July, my friends Keith, Lara and I went up to my uncles condo in Ferndale on our way to Vancouver for the Women’s World Cup Final. We spend most of the day hanging out on the deck in the sun, listening to the massive booms going off every hour….

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Looking Back At Summer 2015

Now that I’ve finished telling you everything I can about Tanzania and the summer is coming to an end, it seems like a good time to share the rest of my summer adventures. It’s been a busy few months and I can’t believe it’s almost fall already. To be honest, I’m really glad. It’s been the…

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Tanzania Breakdown and Travel Tips

Tanzania has been an amazing country to explore and discover and has so much to offer. What I thought would be a once in a life time trip has turned into a place I now hope to return to someday. And I’ve been so inspired by this area, I’ve already planned a tour around all…

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Diving At Mnemba Island

Before I tell you about my diving experience here at Mnemba Island, I want to explain the camera I used for these pictures.  This is very exciting for me because I’ve always had poor luck with underwater cameras, and right before I left, I acquired a GoPro HERO4 Silver. I also added a red filter for…

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Walking Tour of Stone Town

After our tour of the spice farm, we drive into Zanzibar City for a walking tour Stone Town, the historical part of the city. It starts off at the local market where we see all kinds of food on display. The meat and fish sections have a particularly distinctive smell. I try to hold my breath,…

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Zanzibar Spice Farm

After laying on the beach and relaxing for a few days (I even got a pedicure), we decide it’s time to do some touristing. Our hotel offers a ridiculously expensive day trip to a local spice farm and Stone Town combo. While I’m really glad we did it, I don’t feel it was worth the…

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Zanzibar and Nungwi Beach

This is where the real vacation begins! We have a whole week on the island of Zanzibar at Nungwi Beach to relax as our reward for killing it on Kilimanjaro. I am amused by the baggage claim in the airport in Zanzibar. It’s just a bench they load all our bags onto and everyone swarms…

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The Flamingos of Lake Manyara

Today we begin our last game drive of our trip. I wish we could do another week, but the beaches in Zanzibar are calling our name. We stayed in the Lake Manyara Hotel last night, my favorite hotel of the trip (not counting the tent camps we stayed in). There is actually wifi here as…

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Meeting the Maasai

Back when we were climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, we met a guy who had been climbing this mountain for the last 12 years. He had been diagnosed with cancer and decided he wanted to climb the 7 summits, and now climbs Kilimanjaro for his charity, CancerClimber Association yearly. Since he’s been here so many times, he gave us…

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Crocodiles and Hippos and Leopards, Oh My!

It’s our last day in the Serengeti and tonight is our last night on safari! Today we’ll drive back through the park, through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and back into civilization. We’ll stay tonight in Lake Manyara NP, do a game drive tomorrow morning, then head to the airport to fly to Zanzibar. But first,…

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All The Lions

This morning our plan is to do another game drive in the central Serengeti before heading to Lobo in the northern Serengeti. I’m sad to be leaving our lovely tent camp. It’s been such a relaxing place to stay! Right out of the gate, we see a cheetah sitting under a tree in the distance….

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On the Hunt for Big Cats

After my hot air balloon ride, I meet back up with Amy and Abdul at the visitor center and we head out for our morning game drive. Today we’re looking for cats! I was lucky enough to see a cheetah on my balloon ride, but Amy hasn’t seen one yet, and both of us want…

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