One trip I don’t talk much about here, because it took place well before I became The Working Mom (I was working; just not a mom yet), was my 2005-2006 East Africa adventure. I wrote about it extensively on my original blog; the stories and photos just haven’t made their way here yet.
In December 2005, I ventured off to East Africa on my own, flying from Chicago to Nairobi. I spent a couple of days there before boarding a bus to Moshi, Tanzania. It was Christmas Eve. I met friends in Moshi who had been there a few days already, and we all were going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro together. Long story short, I did not make it to the summit but the Kilimanjaro attempt still stands as one of my greatest challenges and accomplishments. Talk about being out of one’s own comfort zone… After everyone made it back down from the summit, we took off on a camping safari through Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks, and Ngorongoro Crater. The safari was, by far, the most incredible experience of my life. I truly felt as if I were living in the pages of a National Geographic magazine.
I captured this sunset one night in the Serengeti. As the sun lowered beyond the horizon, we ate dinner as a group, built a campfire, and closed out the night by sharing warm beers and travel stories. This sunset and this photo forever will bring back those memories for me.