The 35 Kalishnikov salute! Not kidding.

The 35 Kalishnikov salute! Not kidding.

On my third day in Ethiopia, we headed fro Axum to Mekele to take a tour of the Danakil Depression. The arid landscape was full of smiling faces but suddenly..there was a mob of men in the road ahead.  They all held AK-47’s.  I was SO nervous. This land is lawless. As we drove on … Continue reading

Making out with the Sphinx

Making out with the Sphinx

Wow, I made it to the Great Pyramids.  Here’s the story.  When I was a boy, maybe 31 years ago, my grandmother came to visit. We thought she was mean. She was definitely scary because she was a heavy breather like Darth Vader without the mask. I mean no disrespect! It’s just an observation. Anyway … Continue reading

Silverbacks are just old Mountain Gorillas

Silverbacks are just old Mountain Gorillas

It’s true and they just relax and eat salad all day long. Surreal. I made some video of this experience too with an excellent sound track, in my opinion and there are a few posts with the rest of the 14 members in the Nkuringo troop.  If you are interested in visiting with Mountain Gorillas … Continue reading

This volcano looks like its about to blow!

This volcano looks like its about to blow!

Check it out! New years day sunrise.  The lava was washing the rocks where people had stood the night before. The wind nearly melted my camera and burned my skin causing me to shift constantly….then as this got really active I began to get a little anxious…. Check out the video from the night before … Continue reading

Ethiopian Fireworks! New Years Eve on a lake of hot magma

Ethiopian Fireworks! New Years Eve on a lake of hot magma

BAM! There are only three places in the world to experience this and at Ertale, in the Danakil Depression, there is no limit to how close you can get. This was the hottest place to countdown the incoming new year. Please Share! Check out the next morning for some perspective!

A day in the life in Uganda

A day in the life in Uganda

Photos of life taken while traveling across the Ugandan savannah from Fort Portal to Kampala, Uganda.  All of the writing content was added post travel. Vendors attack the bus  in a nameless place. Avocados for sale.  Coffee beans in the sun.  I had coffee from the bean a handful of time but it was always … Continue reading

Rafting the Nile River

Rafting the Nile River

I am not going to say I’ve rafted a ton but I have rafted a big handful of times in some amazing places.  Holy crap, this is the most powerful river I have swam in, wait, its the only river I have swam in while rafting.       My Icelandic partners and my friend … Continue reading

When dust gets in your eyes

When dust gets in your eyes

 Emany and the Borena kids getting together for a photo.  When you ask people in Ethiopia to pose for a picture, they  tighten up and lose their smile.  We shouted, laugh, tickled, and smiled and got some to crack a smile. The thing about kids is they love to mimick.  With crazy wing and dust … Continue reading

At the merkato Axum, Ethiopia

At the merkato Axum, Ethiopia

This is my first day in Ethiopia.  I came by accident and I fell in love with this country. Here is a glimpse into life in the city where Orthodox Christianity made its first foot hold and where the home of Sheba lies in ruin.                     … Continue reading

A taxi ride across the Ugandan savannah

A taxi ride across the Ugandan savannah

Note: This was written in Fort Portal, Uganda over two days just after the ride The image only highlights the local flora and morning light of the tropical savannah near Kahihi, Uganda but its framed by homespun humanity and dotted with animals found only in zoos and childrens books. I put the camera away after … Continue reading