July 2, 2013
Today was our first day to meet our Thomson safari guides and start looking at animals, and it was wonderful. I am going to go short on words and long on pictures.
Our guides picked us up at 9 AM and went through a briefing. There are two other families touring with Thomson. Both are from Seattle but did not know one another. Tomorrow the kids are going to ride in one car while the adults go in the other two. For today, we all split up by family and rode in separate Land Rovers. The Rovers are equipped with pop-up tops so that you can stand in your seats and view the animals. We drove to Arusha National Park and viewed the wildlife, had lunch and took a hike to a waterfall. I've got to be brief because we have to get packed. Tomorrow we leave for our first night of tent camping. I am not sure when or if I will have any more internet access. I will keep the blog and upload it when I can.
At the start of the day when we still looked fresh:
It's almost 7:00 PM now. I hear the call to prayer and it is time for us to get some dinner, pack our bags and head out for the bush. We are going to Tarangire National Park and then into the Serengeti. As I said, I don't know when I will be able to write again. I will check in when I can.