Always in the deep woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is an ancient fear of the unknown and is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into. What you are doing is exploring. -- Wendell Berry

The TRIP: GUINEA - wonkifong --> MALI - bamako, djenne, douentza, Dogon Country --> Burkina Faso - ouagadougou, bobo-dioulasso, bala, ouagadougou --> GHANA - tamale, mole national park, tamale, yeji, volta lake ferry, akosombo, accra, green turtle lodge, elmina, cape coast, accra, hohoe and wli falls --> TOGO - kpalime, atakpame, lome --> BENIN - cotonu (transport stop) --> NIGER - niamey, tahoua, agadez, camel trek in aiir mtns, niamey --> BENIN (abomey, grand popo, ouidah, ganvie, cotonou) --> CAMEROON (douala, buea, top of Mt Cameroon, limbe, sangelima, yaounde, kribi, douala) --> MAURITANIA (nouakchott, atar, chinguetti, camels into the sahara, terjit, choume, ride the coal train, nouadhibou) --> MOROCCO (western sahara, dakhla, agadir, essaouira, marrakesh, imlil, summit of jebel toubkal, fes, chefchaouen) --> cross the Strait of Gibraltar --> Malaga, Spain --> fly to Geneva, Switzerland --> Les Grangettes, France
Click for a map. Updated April 30, 2007

lundi, mai 15, 2006

Brooks in Oregon

It is great how people always rally when down to the last minute. For me, this has recently been played out by having more visitors within the past five months than in the seven years I have lived in Oregon. The most recent visitor was Brooks, who managed to fly out from NYC for three days of adventure. The 3-day weekend included a day of hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, snowboarding on Mt. Hood, a jump in the Pacific Ocean at Short Sands, a Pier Park round of disc golf and of course several Portland microbrews. As I think forward a couple of months, I realize how important it is to appreciate the great friendships formed over the past years. It is those connections with people that make life's struggles and challenges worth it. Thanks Brooks!

Click this link for a few photos :