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Tarangire National Park (Day 4)

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We went back to Tarangire for a morning Safari after breakfast.
Omelet with cheese, onions, and red peppers. Note for when you go to Africa, always ask that your eggs get cooked a little longer then they think they should be. This will help to not to have runny eggs.
Wow Hunter sure likes his sausage in the morning. If he eats any more sausages he just might turn into one.
OH NO!!! it happened, Hunter turned into "Sausage Boy" IMG_0709.jpg
Oh don't panic, I am kidding. Hunter just put on a few extra cooling neck wraps.

One of the most amazing things we saw on our trip was when we came accross two male giraffes necking.
It is kind of a dominance thing. On one of Landon's video games, African Safari, they had giraffes necking, but it was nothing like we saw. The force they used to hit eachother was incredible.


In the afternoon we came accross a dry riverbed with a small herd of zerbras crossing.
On the bank of the river was a very young zebra who was too scared to go down the bank. He was left by the herd until we pulled up, then he mother came back for him to help him cross.
The mother zebra tried a few different spots for the young zebra to go down, but all were to scary for him. All of us in the truck could see where he should go down, but they didn't see it. After around 10 min he finally made it down. We all cheered in the truck, I am sure that impressed the zebras!

Baobab trees, are big beautiful trees. They are hundreds and hundreds of years old. In the dry season they lose all their leaves and all their limbs look like roots of a tree, so it looks like the tree is planted up side down. Nothing seems to kill these trees. They will be almost hollowed out and they still thrive.
Maningo told us that poachers would use trees like this to hide in while they did their dirty deeds! I never tried to go in it, Chris said it smelled like a lot of things must have died in it or used it as a bathroom. I suspect if they looked up they would have seen alot of bats! Just a guess.
Just outside our camp, we would always find these Marabou Storks. I called them "the undertakers" because they rememinded me of an undertaker from a Flintstones episode.
The view from my room, through the tent window.
Chris and Kaleb went for a "Bush Walk" while sadly I had to stay back with Landon who still wasn't feeling well. Ok I wasn't sad at all it was bloody hot. Chris and Kaleb came back after an hour and a bit. Chris said it was a damn good thing I didn't go. He said the "Bush Walk" consisted of himself, Kaleb and a Maasai warrior (and his spear) went walking straight out into nothing, no bush, just wide open nothing. You know the kind from the movies, where you can actually see the heat rising from the ground? Chris said they walked and walked and once in a while the Maasai man would point to the ground and say "hyena tracks" or "zebra tracks" or pointed at a dead zebra and said "dead zebra" (Kaleb thinks the zebra died of heat stroke and dehydration, I think Kaleb thought he would go the same way) Chris said after 40 min or so walking at a quick pace, the massai man said "we go back now" so they turned around and walked back. Gee I'm sure sad I missed THAT walk!

Posted by dogtired 14:44 Archived in Tanzania Tagged family_travel

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Ummm, an 80-minute walk in the sun, on a 100-degree day? Not my idea of a good time!

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