The day of driving. We were up, fed, packed up, and on our way by half past 6 on Tuesday. The reason was because we were driving 600 Km. In a car, on a smooth road, this is a simple task that would be seen as lengthy, but not impractical in the States… in Namibia the majority of the roads are sand or dirt and a car wouldn’t survive. The huge vehicle we drive around is like a roller coaster ride as we trek across the desert.
We made a stop at a very small town along the way to fill up with petrol and purchase some snacks and other necessities. A few of us went into a coffee shop to buy something light to eat and I think we must’ve been the only customers they’ve had in a long while. I’m glad we were able to bring some business to them, but I could never imagine working there for any length of time.
Our next stop was for lunch basically at the first place we could find that had bathrooms and a tree for shade. The location was a desert campsite that was filled with cows, dogs, and goats. Besides the dogs, the animals all looked in great shape. 3 out of the 4 dogs were grey hounds that seemed to have a lot of trouble getting around. I don’t know if it was due to age or injury but it was a bit of a sad sight. Along with the animals roaming around there were also 3 small black children just hanging out under the tree we stopped to eat at. We don’t know who they belonged to, or if they could understand us at all but they were cute and very well behaved. I suppose the probably live on the farm but it was interesting to see them just out under the tree away from everything.
Back on the road we still had a long stretch ahead of us. Along the way we saw different antelope, ostrich, and other wild animals. The most impressive part of the ride would have to be the vast scenery you’ll find in every direction you look. The desert may be bare in some places but it is always beautiful. I did quite a bit of reading long the way too and I’m thinking I’ll need to purchase the second and third books somewhere along the way.
When we finally made it to our destination we were thrilled to see it had a pool. A nice pool too! We set up the tents and immediately made our way over. The water was a bit cold but felt absolutely amazing. I think we stayed by there just wading in the water for several hours until it was time to prepare food. Team C was on cooking duty today!
I was excited to cook, and was looking forward to eating. The plan was to make a chicken curry with veggies and rice. I’d say overall it was extremely successful, but I also think the desert has a way of enhancing the way your food tastes. I’ve noted on several different occasions that some of the simplest forms of food taste incredible after traveling in a truck through the desert all day. I’m not complaining though, I’m actually stoked the food has been tasting soo great. I was concerned before the trip that because we’d have to be in charge of cooking that it wouldn’t be all that great, but I think we’ve all been really pleasantly surprised. If you’re wondering, the vegetarians had a separate curry with strips of veggie “chicken” in it. I tasted some of it and the chicken reminded me of the kind Brooks supplied for us at the beach that one time. For those of you that weren’t there, there was a handful of breaded chicken he brought that was missing the chicken on the insides; making it just the breading. I talked with Kelly throughout dinner and I think we are going to aim to try and recreate a Thanksgiving dinner while on the trip. I think everyone is up for the challenge and I’m excited to give it a try.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are live camera feeds of Etosha National Park available online. I’ll mention it again is the time gets closer, but I guess if you time it right you’ll be able to see everything I’m seeing while we camp out two nights within the park.
The night was again cut short because we’d be waking up and departing from the campsite the following morning by 4:45!