This website was built to share and archive the experiences of a most extraordinary and adventuresome journey I took to East Africa. A 29-day trip with nine travelling companions. Seven new friends I got to know over the year leading up to the trip. Plus two pals who go back more years than I care to admit.
The "trip story" and "safari" links contain the tales (still a bunch of empty pages but hopefully I'll fill them up soon). Since the initial website launch, much of the work has gone into the photo gallery - it's a must see. I've also noticed the video clips have been very popular.
The pattern in the left margin is from a "shuka" - traditional Maasai clothing in typical vivid red.
Most trips and holidays have a theme. Sometimes that theme gets established during planning or it just develops as the trip progresses. In our case it seemed to build from an early encounter with a big cat - the cheetah!
Here's a summary of all the cheetah happenings:
The "Cheetah Hug"
The contest - "How many cheetahs will we see during the whole safari?"
Spotting seven cheetahs on our first game drive on the first day of the safari.
And including cheetah exclusions - we were rerouted away from the best cheetah sighting areas in the Serengeti by the extraordinary wet conditions. (In fact the rain and wet could be considered a theme as well.) The Cheetah Incident occurred on day 10 of our 2-week safari and after that we didn't have any more cheetah encounters.
This site will be in a constant state of flux over the next few months. I'm frequently adding content, pictures and links. And fiddling with design, layout and navigation. Come back soon and check it out again.
Created Lory's and Leslie's albums. Added some of their photos - 25 and 19 respectively.
Feb. 4/07 -
Huge overhaul of the website...
Changed navigation scheme and created cascading menu.
New copy for homepage.
Added cheetah theme page.
Wrote some content for the "trip story" and "safari" pages (much more writing to do).
Plus some other minor front- and back-end tweaking.
More writing and photos for the "trip story", "safari" and "cheetah theme" main pages. Minor edits on home and "pre-trip" pages. Changed functionality and page order of menu. Some code and css housekeeping.