I have lived in Kuwait for seven years, not in a row. I first moved here in 2006, then again in 2011. No one was more surprised than me. Kuwait is truly an enigma. Maybe these pictures will help you envision it. I’m not sure anyone really understands it. lol
My main objective in going to Tanzania was to climb Kilimanjaro. I thought about it years ago and then I bought a house and renovated it. For the last five years I just didn’t have the cash to invest in a Kili climb. This year I knew I would pay off my house soon, so I knew it was time. I booked my climb with Africa Travel Resource in May.
I dreamed of going on safari in Africa for many years before I actually made it happen. I feared that I had built it up so much in my mind that I would be disappointed. I wasn’t. In two days, I saw the Big Five and just about everything else the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park had to offer.
For at least ten years, since I first moved overseas, I dreamed of going on safari in Africa. Somewhere in the last ten years, I started dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro. Zanzibar meant recovery time on the beach before returning to work. I turned these dreams into reality with one trip to Tanzania.
Memories of the Appalachian Trail come flooding back to me at times even though I thru hiked 13 years ago.
Life on the AT will change you. Life after the AT will never be the same.
My first consideration when preparing for the AT, seven years before I actually did it, was about experience. I had never hiked or backpacked or even camped really. I needed to learn how to do these things and to me, that meant being prepared and getting out in the wilderness to learn how to use my gear.
Fortunately, a guidebook, unlike gear, is not an overwhelming decision to make because essentially there are two main guidebooks for the Appalachian Trail…