Friday, December 25, 2009

Just Cruisin’ for Now

Map picture

Events have finally calmed down a bit and we are back to normal, just cruising along on a beautiful Christmas Day in the Indian Ocean. We are headed west towards Mombasa, Kenya and should arrive there tomorrow morning.

The Seychelles held yet one more little surprise for us after what I will call “the lifeboat adventure.” The following day the ship was to have moved west 35 nm to Silhouette Island, where we were to land on a private beach for a luncheon barbecue. However, when we arrived at the island the weather conditions were not good and the forecast called for 50 kt winds by afternoon. The Captain wisely decided to keep on going towards Kenya, which is almost 1200 nm distant.

Today is our third day at sea and except for the security safe in our room, locking up and having to be drilled open, nothing much exciting has happened. Our next big “scheduled” adventure begins tomorrow. We depart the ship immediately after it docks and proceed to the Mombasa airport. There we will board a private charter flight for a two hour flight into the center of Kenya, landing just south of the capital Nairobi at the Maasai Mara airstrip.

Maasai Mara is one of the premier game reserves in Kenya, and we will spend the remainder of that day and most of the next day on safari. We will overnight in individual tent rooms. Lisa and I are both very excited about this adventure and are hoping to obtain some really good animal shots. I visited this reserve almost 30 years ago and remember well the majestic sight of wild giraffe against the background of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The following afternoon we will travel to Nairobi in order to board another charter flight to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. There, assuming everything goes according to plan, we will rejoin our ship, the Silver Wind.

I have had time these last three days to finally work on my pictures and uploaded them this afternoon so you will have a Christmas gift from Jimbob.

Lisa and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.


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