This will be the last blog for the 2011 Tanzania team. Thank you to everyone that has been following our trip. We had a good time updating it and really enjoyed reading your comments!
Our last day in Tanzania started at 7:00 am. We loaded the jeeps and headed down into the Ngorongoro Crater. Once inside we were met with many herds of animals that were enjoying the water sources available inside the crater. In addition we had some up close and personal interactions with elephants and lions! As one of the elephants came within 10 feet of our jeep and flapped his ears, the driver announced that ‘we must go now!’ We saw multiple lions, one in particular was most interested in laying right next to our jeep. He must have thought the shade that we provided was quite comfortable. Unfortunately it took us quite a while to move our jeep so we didn’t run over his paw or tail. He was pretty comfortable and not concerned about whether we were able to move or not. 🙂
We left the crater around 1:00 and had a quick snack at the Arusha Shanga River House. What a beautiful place to pause and reflect on our trip. Once back inside the jeeps we raced through the Arusha traffic (yikes!) and arrived at Kia Lodge in Kilimanjaro with just enough time to take a shower, repack our suitcases and then head to the airport.
Our flight left Kilimanjaro at 10:30 pm and after 11 and a half hours we landed in Amsterdam. After a short lay over we reboarded and flew 8 and a half hours to Minneapolis. We went through customs and immigration and finally boarded the flight to La Crosse. We landed in La Crosse at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening. Our total travel time was 29 hours with 22 of those
hours in flight. Needless to say, we are all experiencing major jet lag.
Thank you to everyone on the team for making this a great mission. Each and every person on the team gave 110% all day everyday. Thank you to the staff at GL and our community members that assisted us in obtaining our medical supplies before we left. We thought of you often as we pulled each item that we needed off the shelf. Finally thank you for the families and friends that wished us well, had us in their thoughts and prayers. We felt your support and were comforted knowing that you were waiting to hear about our trip and watching for our return.