Sundowner

One of the more popular things to do here in Namibia (as a tourist, anyways, and I try to do it myself, to take special note at the end of the day) is to go on a “Sundowner”. That’s marking the special moment of the day when the sun goes down. I like to give thanks at the end of the day because I lead such a lucky life. A sundowner is a great way to do it!

Here’s my sundowner at Uis (Namibia):

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Great companions are always welcomed!

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Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. It’s just a couple hundred kilometers south of Windhoek, but I had never traveled there until a couple of days ago with Renedian Adventures’ motorcycle tour. Let me tell you: it’s a magical place. I don’t have too many pictures from there because of a surprising turn of events: I was actually so scared climbing the dunes that I forgot to take pictures! Here are a few marvels along the way before I got too scared to photograph:

 

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Those are my pictures above.

Here are some I have borrowed from the Interwebs:

 

Courtesy www.namibian.org

 

Courtesy www.namibian.org

 

Sossusvlei is a place I need to go back to. It’s magnificent and so very peaceful.

Motorcycle Touring in Namibia

Well, my dream finally came true and I was able to ride a motorcycle (a BMW F650 GS) in Namibia. I joined up with a great group of people on a Renedian Adventures motorcycle safari (www.Renedian.com) and met delightful people, rode great roads, and ate way too much good food. I now have new friends and several kms of riding in Africa under my belt.

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Off the Farm for a Week

I’ve been on Okambara for the past month and have loved it, but it’s time for a little change. I’m in Windhoek getting supplies, catching up with new friends and recharging.

New friends Nerys & Keryn

New friends Nerys & Keryn

 

Of course, I’m never too far from a motorcycle. Next up:

Zulu Overland - Renedian Adventures Bikes

 

Yes, a motorcycle tour! :-)

Up close and personal with the elephants

One of the things we do on Okambara is observe the elephants’ feeding behaviors in order to determine what a sustainable number of elephants are for a given size of farm. Some days we can see them easily, and other days they are difficult to see. (It’s absolutely amazing to me how one can “lose” a herd of 9 elephants on a farm!) The other amazing thing is how QUIET they can be. Sure, they trumpet at each other every once in a while, but normally they are near-silent. Pretty amazing given their size.

 

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But we came around the corner and saw this:

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going…

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going…

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going…

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2 going…

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2 going x 2…

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gone…without a sound!

 

Here’s our encounter the other day:

 

Back in Namibia

I’ve been back in Namibia for over a month now, and it’s so different than last year! Same lovely landscape, yet they had a good rainy season so the trees have leaves and the acacia are blooming right now. It’s really beautiful here and it’s good to be back!

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My sad attempt at a selfie…

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The entire elephant her at Sandposted water hole.

 

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Group 3 is all female…we rock!

BMW Rally in Minnesota

Last week I worked the BMW Rally in Minneapolis, MN, and it was so much fun to work that event. It was great to be back on the demo team, and we had a spectacular route to ride–almost 60 miles every group. At 5 groups per day, that was a lot of miles clocked on the newest, state-of-the-art BMW motorcycles! I think I got to ride every bike in the fleet!

We had such a great team this year setup and tear dow was a breeze, and man! was it nice to be greeted getting off the bike with a cold bottle of water! Thanks BMW and Power Trip Industries for asking me to be a part of the team!

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Why I love International Airports (2)

Here are pictures from Monday at the Munich airport:

Fun space! (Not the boring America idea of what an international airport should be.)

Fun space! (Not the boring America idea of what an international airport should be.)

 

Mmmm...whichever shake shall I choose?

Mmmm…whichever shake shall I choose? (I chose an iced coffee and a carrot-ginger shake. Talk about a wake-up call!!!)

 

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Breakfast, German style.