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!