09/11/2018 - 09/11/2018
This morning, we slept in a bit and awoke without an alarm. I got organized a bit and then went out on the front porch to just enjoy the view. I didn't expect any wildlife, but what looked like a black mongoose crossed the yard. Too bad Eli wasn't here to see it, or he would have easily been able to identify it for me. It's cool and breezy, so the trees rustling provides a nice white noise. I can still hear the cars passing on the main road, but they sound further away than they actually are. Also, the occasional rooster crows, and I think I hear a cow mooing.
One thing that surprised me is that we forgot to put the mosquito net around the bed last night, but didn't get bit at all. Actually, I haven't seen any mosquitoes at all. And I haven't seen any "indoor wildlife" here. Given my experiences in St. Kitts, I'm pretty amazed at that.
Actually, this whole trip has been amazing- the scenery, the animals, Elyon tours, the glampsite. I just can't recommend this experience enough. We are already thinking about what else we want to see and do next time, when we come back. And for those who know me or have followed my long blog, there are very few places I have been that I ever feel the need to go back to, so that should tell you how special Tanzania is.
The drive back to Arusha was pretty uneventful, although I really enjoyed watching the people go about their business in the small towns. The shops are all painted in bright colors and partly open so that you can see some of their wares.
We arrived at Summit Safari Lodge, the hotel for Climb Kili, and said goodbye to Eli. Now begins the impetus for this whole adventure- climbing Kilimanjaro.
The hotel has very nice grounds, but it's set in a bit of a ramshackle neighborhood. It's high walls and guard at the gate make you forget that though. However, there is a paper in the room warning guests not to eat food from nearby shops and telling them it's actually forbidden to bring in outside food as the hygiene level is unknown. That didn't stop us from eating our box lunch though.
In case I hadn't mentioned it, each day that we've been on safari the hotels where we spent the night before has packed a box lunch for us. It literally comes in a cardboard box. They fill it with a drink, some sort of dessert, and whatever meal items strike their fancy and give it to the guide on the way out. All of the food was tasty, but none was spectacular. My favorite of all the items were the samosas, but other examples of lunchbox items are: pancakes, bananas, sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, fried chicken, spaghetti, and mango juice box.
Our ClimbKili briefing began in the afternoon and they explained to us what we needed to do (and not do) as well as bring (and not bring). I also got a chance to chat with a couple of guys who had just come down the mountain to pick up some tips and perspective.
We ate dinner at the hotel and got organized for the trip.
Wish us luck!