In the summer of 2016, International Mountain Guides sent me to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Between mid-June and early August, I led three expeditions to the top of the tallest mountain on the African continent. It was an incredible experience: we danced, climbed, ate avocados the size of our heads, and watched the sun rise over the equator while Maasai warriors sang the gospel next to us on the trail. It was hard and painful and perfect.
Between climbs, I went on two safaris, climbed Mount Meru (the fifth-highest mountain in Africa), and generally explored eastern Africa. I made close Tanzanian friends both on and off the mountain, and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to live and work in a culture so different from my own. (I even took a balloon ride over the Serengeti at dawn, which is where I took the photo at the top of this post.)
This November, I’ve been given the opportunity to share more photos and stories from Africa at two slideshows. They’re both in the Pacific Northwest, and they’re both free.
November 3, 2016: Morton, Washington. 12pm.
233 West Main Avenue
Morton, Washington 98356
November 9th, 2016: Lacey, Washington. 1:30pm.
Panorama City Auditorium
1670 Circle Ln SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Please join us! There’s no need to RSVP — more the merrier, as far as I’m concerned. Also, keep an eye out for more dates coming soon. If you’re interested in scheduling a slideshow, I’d love to chat.