Thursday, July 3, 2008

Safari Prep

It's Thursday July 3, 2008. We are getting prepared for our safari. I spoke with a co-worker who has stayed at the lodge where we are staying (Puku Pan) and he said it was very nice and we should have a good time. It will be about a 4 1/2 hour drive from our house. The weather should be good (as it is everyday). I drove to work today so that I could gas the 4X4 up at the embassy which is about $4.50 a gal. Otherwise, fueling up at a regular station costs about $2.20 a liter or right around 8 bucks a gal. (and to think people back home are crying about $4.00 a gallon). Fortunately, everything here is pretty close and we can actually walk to the grocery store from our house so we don't drive much.

We have been informed not to take oranges with us. Apparently, elephants love oranges and can actually smell them when they are inside a vehicle. One embassy family had oranges in the back of their Mercedes station wagon and came upon two bull elephants on the side of the road. As they stopped to look at the elephants, one of them took his trunk and swung it into the back window of the station wagon and broke the glass out. He then rummaged around the back compartment until he found the oranges and took them and walked away.

5 comments:

Karin said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog, very, very nicely done. We are in thoughts with you, and look forward hearing about your next adventure. Love, Grandma & Grandpa C.

Candelaria Design said...

Wow - what a race! Brings back far too many memories - especially the cab escapades - that has happened too many time while in Italy! Great blog -we think about you all and wonder what you are up to - the blog is great as it fills in the blanks. Had a great 4th of July and thought about you all and the fun we had last year. Best of times while in Africa. Uncle Mark

Tiffany C said...

WOW! What a crazy, busy, and exciting adventure you have had so far! Too bad I missed you in London, that would have bee so cool. It's crazy to think you're living in Africa right now! Well have fun, be safe, and I'm glad to see I've inspired you guys to blog as well. We are quite the interesting and adventuring family to all require blogs, haha! Love you guys~

Karin said...

Hi to All,
Looks like you all had a good time at the Safari. Hop you are all back in Lusaka safe and sound. Looks like a great adventure, cool pictures, thanks for sharing with all of us. Love and miss you.Mom C

Mini said...

The photos are great - can't wait to read the weekend's adventure. What are Jim and Trevor looking at the small photo under the jeep photo? Keep 'em coming - Durango misses the Candelarias. Much love, Mini