Forrest Walker's Blog – June 2011 Archive (5)


No, I did not spell the title wrong. I made the word up to define a new philosophy in travel.

The real word is Vagabonding. Vagabonding has a new guru. His name is Rolf Potts. In his book, called not surprisingly Vagabonding, he defines vagabonding as “The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time.” And “A deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible”.

The book does a fine job of advocating vagabonding as an…


Added by Forrest Walker on June 27, 2011 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Out of Africa

With sincere apologies to Karen Blitzen, I nicked that title to attract readers, a brazen move to be sure.

The more you get to know about any subject, the more you realize you do not know about that subject. Some smart guy said that once, I think he was Greek. I now know a lot more about Kenya after one week as a tourist than I did before, that’s for certain. I now have deep desire to learn a whole lot more. 

We were “on safari.”  …


Added by Forrest Walker on June 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Kenya's Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island and a Bloat

The day started with the return drive out of Masai Mara Park.  The only thing that made it tolerable was thinking back to what a marvelous piece of earth we had just visited. I want to return to Kenya, but I will not return to the Mara until they fix the road. If you are reading this blog with an eye towards your first trip to Kenya, definitely go to the Mara, but bring a pillow to sit on in your vehicle.

On the way out we went past a Land Rover sporting a logo for the Michigan State…


Added by Forrest Walker on June 16, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

From Amboseli to Lake Nakura National Park, Kenya, the Safari Continues

We left Amboseli at 7:30 for an 8 hour drive to Nakuru Lake  National Park. The park is located ½ of a degree south of the equator, so I can definitely claim to be in equatorial Africa. The park and lake are  in the Rift Valley. This valley is over 9000 kilometers long and extends from Mozambique to Israel. It is a valley of legendary big white hunter tales. If you want to know a lot more go to …


Added by Forrest Walker on June 13, 2011 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Heading for the African Bush in a High-Tech Kinda Way

First, let me say that if I can get internet access anywhere outside of Nairobi on this trip I will be disappointed. My fantasy for this adventure is that my wife and I have to fight off lions, beware of snakes and wade through streams and rivers to get anywhere. I want baboons swinging at me from the trees and vultures circling overhead waiting to feast on my corpse.


OK, OK, it will not be that way. This is 2011, not 1811, or 1911. I am no Marlin Perkins although I am…


Added by Forrest Walker on June 4, 2011 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

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