Here is where I spread Pearl's ashes.
Germans in 1892 were the first Europeans to set foot in the Ngorongoro Crater, which is 1000 feet deep and a 100 square miles. The Masai were caught in a policy dispute between the United Kingdom dominating the Serengeti National Park and Germany having a foothold in this particular conservation area. Germany controlled Tanzania and the UK occupied Kenya. This general region is where the wildebeest and zebra migrate. 25,000 large animals--rhinoceros, hippopotamus--live in this caldera.
My personal problem was that on 28October2010 I contracted severe diarrhea at 1:30 AM, went to the bathroom half a dozen times, and was looking to just sleep today. Unfortunately, this was not possible, as we were moving hotels from the Ngorongoro Serena to the Serengeti Serena. Worse, this was to be the bumpiest, dustiest and longest day. So I asked my body to perform a miracle. My frontal lobe took total control, and I made it through without incident. As this is the second miracle, I will think about nominating my brain for sainthood, for during Pearl's illness, how many times did I think I was coming down with a cold or flu, but my body kept resisting, and helped me make it through the period, and in the process engineered a loss of 11 pounds. Of course, I have a weird idea about the concept of miracles.
Human life started here twice. First, the transition from some type of champanzee 5 million years ago, then, around 70,000 BC, Mount Toba in Indonesia erupted, throwing so much ash into the atmosphere that the world got very cold, and only10,000 or so people survived, purportedly in East Africa, and possible the Oldupai Gorge. Thus, this is where Homo Sapiens re-began and expanded. A similar theory is that pockets of life made it through, giving us the diversity we have today.
I probably took a thousand photos of animals, and will later show some of them. But for now, here is the eye of a giraffe.
The photo in Part 10 was actually taken on the way back to Kenya. At least I finally saw Mount Kilimanjaro. Next time a climb to the top. Sure. I wonder if a helicopter can get there? Well, there was a controversial helicopter landing on top of Mount Everest, which is about 10,000 feet higher, so, maybe someday.