Africa - 2013 IS the Year!
Originally posted Jan 10, 2013
It’s official. On a Friday afternoon next August, Cindy and I will get on an airplane in Omaha and 32 hours later get off a different – and much larger - airplane at Johannesburg, South Africa!
From there, we’ll hop a small plane up to Kruger National Park, where we’ll spend six days photographing game from an open Land Rover and enjoying the African bush country while staying in two different luxury lodges, before returning to Johannesburg, London, Chicago, and finally, Omaha (whew, what a sentence). The dream of an adult lifetime is about to come true.
Of course, there’s a myriad of details in preparing for a trip like this. Just putting it together and booking it was no small undertaking, and now there’s clothing and equipment to be selected and – if it’s not already been acquired – getting it. I’ve got to get a photography backpack that’s smaller than my roller bag…small enough that an average man can actually pick it up and which will also go in the overhead, and/or under the seat ahead, of a so-called regional jet, which we’ll be flying between Omaha and Chicago. We’ll also need to be able to convert South African electricity in order to keep cameras and computers charged up, and Cindy has read that to travel on the smaller airplanes into the bush, our checked luggage should be duffel bags because they are easier to arrange and fit together in the reduced baggage areas of such craft. (I’m going to get a second opinion on this one.)
It’s actually going to happen, and after a lifetime of dreaming of Africa, I am indeed going to get to see it…see it, hear it, smell it, and photograph it. And it comes at exactly the right time. Through the long first session of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature, while waiting for an interminable public hearing to finally get to the bill I’m actually there waiting for, I’ll be dreaming of guess what.
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