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Aug 16, 2009 - Gorilla Safari

We did it! Walked into Bwinde Impenetraable Forest and spent some quality time with the Rushegura Group of gorillas. We started hiking into the rainforest and with a little help, including some pushes from a porter, Eileen made it down and up the river ravine. To Eileen's delight (and breath), the gorilla family was found after about 45 minutes. We moved with them a bit and then watched as they rested and played. One little gorilla took an interest in Nick and came up and was touching his side and shoulder and Nick heard the guide saying...

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Uganda 2009

Aug 15, 2009 - Bwindi

Hello everyone. Writing to you today from Buhoma just outSide the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tomorrow is our day to trek gorillas. Eileen has survived hiking up Murchison Falls and the chimp trek yesterday so 24 hours from now we'll see how we did. Yesterday we were at Kibale Forest and hiked for chimps. We found a group within 15 minutes and so we got to observe them for nearly 2 hours. They rested, ate, played, cleaned themselves and others, communicated through very loud screaming, copulated, excreted their wastes, climbed down within 8...

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Jul 23, 2009 - A gorilla "thrilla"!

This day was the day! The most expectations, the most expense, the most specific goal of any of the days of this adventure. This was the mountain gorilla trek. We had our orientation with the park guides at 8am. Next we had about a 20-minute bumpy ride in our safari vehicle to the drop-off point. The trek started with hiking uphill through farm plots, then onto forest elephant paths and then finally into the "impenetrable" jungle where our "path" was hacked out for us. The trek was made easier by having porters carry our lunches, rain...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Deforestation

Marilyn’s comments: I had mixed feelings as we drove through parts of Kenya and in western Uganda. We saw huge areas of land that had been deforested for farming, especially for tea, bananas, and other crops. My mixed feelings came from knowing people are living very basic lives through subsistence farming….this is how they live. But I also had a gut reaction to seeing so much forest gone. It was particularly noticeable seeing the border between Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and farming land. I know deforestation has a huge...

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Jul 22, 2009 - A walk among hippos

This morning we had a quick cup of tea and a biscuit before starting a nature walk with Moses. This was the first bird walk any of us had taken where the guide was armed with an AK47. Needless to say, he did not wear the firearm to protect us from birds. The danger lies mainly with the buffalo and possibly an irate hippo. Three years ago Moses did have to fell a buffalo coming after a park visitor. On the drive to the walk, we stirred up a still-grazing hippo. He panicked at the approaching vehicle and ran. Yes, hippos can run or at least...

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