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Waterval Boven, Goodbyes, Christmas! And “Oh…you want an abortion?”

Finally a climbing trip put together with Anja, Demis and John! Cramped inside a small car, off we go down the mountain to Waterval Boven. Passing through the northern Drakensberg was breathtaking with slanting cliffs of red and green with … Continue reading

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Rainy Season, camping and getting my first real African sunburn

December 8th marked the last day of our vegetation work for Ben’s project—a bittersweet moment that points to the departure of Ben and John right before Christmas. However, with the transects and quadrats done, time has opened up to begin … Continue reading

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Catching frogs by moonlight, Thanksgiving, sleeping beneath the stars, abseiling and falling out of a tree

Barefoot in a marsh, the moon practically full, head cocked for chirps and looking around slowly for any hint of movement–frog hunting in Africa. Surprisingly no mosquito bites and home with three frogs and a water scorpion (all released to … Continue reading

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Following monkeys!

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Beccy’s Last week.

Mist covered the mountain as we descended to Makhado: Beccy’s last drive down the red roads and we sat teary-eyed and sniffling in the back seat. Asking Ben to play something happy, his ipod on shuffle mode chose the appropriate … Continue reading

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Barn Halloween, learning to cook and wanderings

As a girl who has lit top ramen on fire, and fried eggs green, learning how to cook adequately three meals a day has been a challenge. When asked once how I ate in my Seattle studio, I responded “poorly:” living … Continue reading

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The “Big Tree” and Kruger

Utterly exhausted after 4 days “on holiday” at Kruger with 530 AM starts and days spent in a hot, hot car with four others actively looking for African wildlife. The trip began first with a slight detour to see the … Continue reading

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“Spaghetti City”

Although not as exciting as following monkeys, John and I have been conducting vegetation transects and quadrats. This does have certain perks though, including the following: Freedom of pace; Exploring the mountains and forests; Ample time for breaks in scenic … Continue reading

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In the trees with monkeys…

Straddling a wide branch and passing up trays to a student for his bushbaby project, we could hear and see trees bending and swaying under the weight of what we presumed to be Samangos. We were right! Out popped “Nelson” … Continue reading

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Playing in the mountains and a moonlit walk up Lajuma

As Hai, one of my climbing partners, would say, “You gotta trust your feet!”–something I’m definitely learning to do while bushwhacking through the bush. My work for the PhD student, Ben, has been centered around vegetation transects so John (the 20 … Continue reading

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