Tranquility

Trip Start Sep 15, 2009
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Trip End Nov 21, 2009


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

We crossed over to the border to Namibia for a night before crossing back over to Botswana for 2 nights in the Okovango Delta.  The Okovango Delta is very famous and I remember seeing it on the Discovery Channel special “Planet Earth.”  It is  basically a marsh like place with animals all around and heavy vegetation.  Since it was the start of the wet season, the water was pretty low at about 1 meter.  After the wet season, the water level can be as high as 6 meters.  Our tour leader, cook, and all of us were put into 2-man dugout canoes and were taken to a camp on an island in the middle of the Delta.  The ride took about an hour and we were being pushed through the water by a guy in the back with a long stick.  The ride was so peaceful in the middle of the Delta, it felt as if we could stay there forever.  The water was so calm and the sounds of the animals all around was so nice.  We could watch all kinds of huge birds flying up and down so gracefully.  We even saw a few hippos in the water but our guides didn’t want to get very close to them despite our attempts to move in.  During the course of the canoe ride, a lot of the guides were drinking straight out of the Delta like it was no big deal which was a surprise for us.  After about an hour of sitting back and enjoying the ride, we arrived at our island camp and set up our stuff as usual.  We were given a sunset walk around the island by a guy named Andy and we all found it to be a complete waste of time.  At the end of the walk, he claimed to see the tail of a Leopard but made us move backwards in case of danger.  We all think it was BS because we hadn’t seen a single animal throughout the walk.  Dinner was chicken curry.
Day #2 Okovango Delta 11/2
We had a morning “Game” walk which I contemplated on skipping for a morning workout.  Because I couldn’t find a suitable branch “pull-up bar”, I decided to go for the walk.  We took off with a different guide onto the island.  The guy was pointing out animal tracks, different trees, and termite mounds.  During the walk we were supposed to keep quite so we don’t scare the animals away.  We were basically walking through farmland as evidence by all the cow dung everywhere and there was also a lot of elephant and deer thing pooh but no animals in sight.  But after about 20 minutes we were all really bored and just started to BS with each other which you could tell was aggravating the guide.  In our 2-hour “Game” walk, we only saw three warthogs.  Warthogs would have been neat to see if we were brand new in Africa, but we were mostly well traveled.  Afterwards we broke our camp down and got back on the canoes and made our way to the next camp.  We were on the canoes for about an hour or so and again had a great time just relaxing.  It really helps when someone else is pushing you through.  The camp we were at for the night was all for us.  We each had our own private tent with a bed or two inside which was nice.  We also had about half a day to do whatever we wanted.  Since it was blisteringly hot, we mostly chilled out.  I played some chess for a few games and lost to the computer programmer in the group.  Big surprise!  Then I convinced one of the new women on the trip to workout with me despite the mid-day sun.  We ended up just doing random workouts and you could tell we were both kind of out of shape.  More so her than me.  Before dinner, we had a sunset canoe ride which was short but nice.  Then we had a steak dinner.  Steak, mixed veggies, and potatoes.  Dam it was good!  The night consisted of drinking beer at the camp bar and chatting away the night.  We also played some drinking games which were fun.  This night was also one of the worse mosquito nights EVER!!!  They were everywhere.  This is the first time I wore long pants and a long shirt to protect my self and then were still eating me through my shirt.  I put on bug spray and it didn’t help.  I was even going on a offensive and killing them as I saw them but it didn’t help.  Bugs don’t bother me at all, just as long as they aren’t sucking my blood out and leaving malaria behind.  Then it starts to bother me.  Also when flies like to dive bomb my ears, eyes, and mouth.  Then that bothers me too.  I think I would risk the entire ecological cycle if I could wipe out those flies and mosquitoes.  Or at least reengineer them to not suck our blood or fly in our faces.  The night was also eventful because one of the Aussies set a goal of 21 beers drank in one day.  He failed at I think 15 beers.
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