Monty's Year at Gobabeb Training and Research Centre, Namibia

Going Solo: New Years, 2010

I made the best use of my backyard this New Years and went on a solo trek into the dunes.  Leaving mid-afternoon on New Years Eve, I hiked about 7 miles into the sand (far side of Kahani Dune).  After marking the last sunset of the year with some Namibian wine (thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Pavlovic!), I descended onto one of the interdunes to enjoy the celestial show… shooting stars and all.

The following morning, I woke with the sun and hiked a circuitous route back to Gobabeb (and water).  Tracks in the sand attested to a typically busy night for the animals of the Namib  – evidence of springbok, jackals, fox, beetles, spiders, gerbils, golden moles, geckos, lizards, chameleons, larks, goshawks, side-winding adders, and digger wasps.

Cresting a dune on the way back, I was surprised to come across a human.  Gobabeb’s station director had gotten his car stuck in the sand on one of the research tracks (an easy thing, even for experienced dune drivers).  I helped him dig and push out – my first act of good-will in the new year!

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2 responses

  1. Mike Kober

    the wine shot is almost like a ‘lonely planet’ cover

    January 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

  2. Matt

    Dear David,
    Please post your list of moose rules on the Internet. Google’s results for “moose rules” are unsatisfactory.
    Your brother
    (And an unnamed other person Cough Kat Cough ahem, excuse me)

    May 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

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