Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Kwisha + Asante. (the end & thanks)

myself and Kilimanjaro.

All good things must come to an end. With the end of my adventure in Africa comes the end of this blog. I hope you have enjoyed it a fraction as much as i have enjoyed sharing my experiences with everyone.

It took me just over 30 hours to travel home from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Washington DC via Johannesburg, Senegal, and Atlanta. But what a trip it was! My adventure in Africa was incredible, and the experiences i've had over the past month will last a lifetime. Looking back i marvel at all the discoveries made, the fascinating things learned, the wonderful ideas shared, and the incredible people that i met. Truly.. i am very lucky.

Several Maasai warriors chillin.

Please check out the photos from my adventure. Though i took over 650 pictures while in Africa.. i've boiled it down to the best 200 for your viewing pleasure, complete with captions! Enjoy..

This trip was certainly made possible with a little help from my friends. So i'd like to extend..

Many Thanks..

...to AJ for driving me to the airport at 5:30am and for use of his ski mask, to Mom and Dad for the super new sleeping bag, to Dana for the use of her Cape Town guidebook, to Sarah C. for the blog inspiration, to Aaron for the excellent pre-departure cd collection, to Grandma for the prayers that i would survive, to Sochieta for the inspirational emailgrams, to Lauren for the last minute sewing job, to cousin Tom for the Endurafit supershirt, to Father Mark for the Swahili lesson (where did you learn THAT?!), to Heather M. for the excellent TZ advice, to Mohammed for taking me to the mosque, to Hermes for the electricity convertor, to Andreas for the moonlight safari inspiration, to Dan for renting my room, to Uncle Kurt for the advice, to Jen for the amazing card and airport pickup, to Donovan at Bootsnall, to the DOC for the time off, to Janis for letting me borrow his trekking poles and for selling me those mountain pants..

..and thank you to EVERYONE who sent birthday wishes, added their comments to my posts, and especially THANK YOU FOR READING!!!

While in Africa i was inspired to no end. In addition to furiously writing in my journal, i composed numerous haiku poems along the way. This is one i'd like to share..

love. life. beauty. death.
a miracle surrounds us -
blink.. and you miss it.

sunset on the Serengeti.. it doesn't get much better than this.


At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Mom said...

How about "to Mom for calling while in Africa so I could share stories along the way" - ILY!

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous 123...err...eh? said...

no...thank you for the inspirational emailgrams.

and for doing justice to this trip with amazing blogs and pictures.

welcome back, mjj.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger DCBrownie said...

John, I thank you for including us all in your adventure via this blog. I have enjoyed reading about your travels, and you have truly inspired me. Now I'm off to check out those 200 photos! ;-)

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip with incredible memories. Thanks for sharing!
I will go take a look at some of your photos.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

You can be SURE I'll checkout those pictures - all of 'em. Thanx, Johnny!

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

Thank YOU, Johnny 5! What an amazing journey you had... and have the gift to be able to share it with the rest of us in a way that made us feel we were there with you. I have no doubt in my mind that you have inspired others to travel, not only to Africa, but to anywhere and doing it so that that we experience this world, its people, the history, the cultures, the environment, the BEAUTY of it all in the most fulfilling way. You ROCK.

now, on to those pictures!!!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Scarns said...

I feel like the art teacher who discovers her student is a prodigy! This has been a wonderful opportunity, and you have done an AMAZING job at capturing your journey. Well done. A+ :-)

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed my virual visit to Africa via your pictures. I am imagine how amazing it was. What a awesome experience.

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Johnny for Incredible inspiration and insight AND excitement as we plan an adventure to Africa for March!

Your Folks Crazy Neighbors

At 10:18 PM, Blogger artie6 said...

The Double Life
Don Blanding

How very simple life would be
If only there were two of me
A Restless Me to drift and roam
A Quiet Me to stay at home.
A Searching One to find his fill
Of varied skies and newfound thrill
While sane and homely things are done
By the domestic Other One.

And that's just where the trouble lies;
There is a Restless Me that cries
For chancy risks and changing scene,
For arctic blue and tropic green,
For deserts with their mystic spell,
For lusty fun and raising Hell

But shackled to that Restless Me
My Other Self rebelliously
Resists the frantic urge to move.
It seeks the old familiar groove
That habits make. It finds content

With hearth and home dear prisonment,
With candlelight and well loved books
And treasured loot in dusty nooks,
With puttering and garden things
And dreaming while a cricket sings
And all the while the Restless One
Insists on more exciting fun
It wants to go with every tide,
No matter where… just for the ride.
Like yowling cats the two selves brawl
Until I have no peace at all.

One eye turns to the forward track,
The other eye looks sadly back,
I'm getting wall-eyed from the strain,
(It's tough to have an idle brain)
But One says "Stay" and One says "Go"
And One says "Yes," and One says "no,"
And One Self wants a home and wife
And One Self craves the drifter's life.

The Restless Fellow always wins
I wish my folks had made me twins.

I thought this would be the perfect poem to end your blog with. Your story has has been an absolute inspiration to the Restless Me. Thanks.

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hey buddy...Im glad that you had an amazing time on your trip...we were all pulling for you back here and never doubted that you would make it to the top. Thanks for the awsome stories, pictures, and memories. I wish I was there you buddy.


At 1:22 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I was led to your blog from a recommendation on another site where I found the instructions I needed to make brownies, of all things, which I am eating right now! Anyway, I was curious because I live in Africa, in Mozambique, notice I said "in Africa" first out of habit because you're right, rarely do people know where Mozambique is! So I was curious about your blog. Just want to say, if you do find a publisher, I'll buy your book for sure! I loved the photos and your eloquence in bringing it to life for everyone. Great job experiencing your trip to the fullest!

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous African safari said...

Your African Safari pictures look great. And just like laura if you do publish a book i would be your second customer after laura off course. I'm also African and love my country Kenya

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Those are great photos on Flickr. Africa is such an amazing place!

At 1:52 AM, Anonymous Africa Tours said...

It was indeed a great adventure.You seem to have enjoyed every bit of it

At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Zambia safaris said...

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At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Tanzania Safari said...

A tanzanian safari is one of the great experiences you can have in life

At 4:24 AM, Blogger Anil Sharma said...

Your time spent in africa seems extremely interesting and it seems as though you have learnt a lot! I hope that you went one or more a luxury safaris and enjoyed it/them throughly, great blog and say to see it end.

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy watching the pictures you've taken in your trips...and the blogs are great also!
I was thinking of going on a safari myself, just found some service that can help me in this way, sun of africa is where it's found...looks ok to me

At 2:14 AM, Blogger Brad Nahill said...

Those pics are simply amazing for me . It reminds me last visit of African Wildlife Safaris. It was just amazing as your pics

At 2:02 AM, Anonymous Kruger safari tour said...

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