Friday, December 21, 2007
Oh my you are a big boy! One of my dreams had come true this day the day we trekked the Silver Backed Mountain Gorillas. Remember Grumpy & I had just had our first cuddle moments before - on film to remember by too. We trekked for hours in a very hostile jungle in Zaire at Parc Nationals in Virunga (if you have seen the movie Hotel Rwanda you can imagine the countryside we were in). Finally we came upon this magnificent creature. Named Marcel he was the patriarch of his group & he was not letting us get any closer than necessary. This is yet another day Grumpy & I often relive. When we finally arrived in London May 1986 Out of Africa was just released & it was one of many great dates we had while working there - saving for the next adventure together.
Then there were 5 (+ the guide). A 5 day return trek & Grumpy, Cath, David, the guide, Heather & Russell made it the summit of Mt KILIMANJARO. Poor John ran out of puff just before this photo. Did you know there was a Glacier up there then? - possible gone now with Global Warming. Should check on Google Earth.
Well you may be interested in seeing the BEFORE & AFTER shots of our African Safari group
Here is the BEFORE. We are just above Nagorogoro Crater in Tanzania around Feb 1986
and here are the AFTERs Oct 2005 in the Gold Coast area, QLD, AUS.
14 managed to get to this monumental event here at Greg Woods palatial spread.
First with all the gray hair you can imagine after 20 years
& then with extended family who could accompany their parents etc from as far away as Canada, USA (Texas), New Zealand, Victoria, NSW , QLD & even Tassie. Not a bad effort after 20 years.
I guess this has been the best group I have ever travelled with - we certainly keep in touch & many of us have visited each other many times in many different locations.