This roll of film takes us from dismal early spring in Kansas to the equator, as I spend Spring Break in Kenya and Tanzania with my father and sister. I’ll break the “Photo A Day” rule pretty liberally for the next several rolls, as photos of wildlife and landscapes are more interesting than 95% of my daily-life photos. At some point I plan also to compile all the Africa shots into an album – what you’ll see in the PAD posts are just select photos.

R1-06054-000AMarch 10, 2013. Indiana St.


R1-06054-000A_0001March 11, 2013. Massachusetts St.


R1-06054-002AMarch 12, 2013. Wescoe Hall, following “emergency” evacuation cum fire drill.


R1-06054-003AMarch 13, 2013. Mississippi St, orange in the road.


R1-06054-004AMarch 14, 2013. Mississippi St Garage, view from the elevator.

Journal Excerpt – The Night Before: I find myself in the confounding situation of enforced idleness. I’ve been going full speed all week to prepare for this trip. When I get back to the apartment the chaos will resume. But for now all I can do is wait to rejoin the insanity. An eye of the storm moment.


R1-06054-005AMarch 15, 2013. Kansas City International Airport, takeoff.

Journal Excerpt – Departure:  Really, so far this is a real-time documentation of sleep deprivation’s impact on thought process. Coherent ideas that persist for more than two seconds? NOPE.


R1-06054-006AMarch 16, 2013. Amsterdam Airport, landing.

Journal Excerpt – Final Approach: This trip already has underscored how uncomfortable I am with feeling out of control. … I like to feel like I know what’s happening – that I have control over my situation – and traveling like this calls on me to accept not having control.






R1-06055-000AMarch 17, 2013.  Nairobi Wilson Airport.  Sweet Waters Camp, Nanyuki, Kenya: Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinoceroses. Latitude Zero, Harold M. Ross.

Journal Excerpt – Nairobi to Nanyuki: Flying out of Nairobi on a single-engine plane was fascinating. It seemed like there was Nairobi, then someone decided to surround it with miles of rural homes. As you get further out the beauty of the terrain takes over; buildings thin out and you start to see the traditional houses with high-peaked thatched roofs. Some are quite large and multi-storied.

It’s important to mention that today I touched a rhino.

Notes: Giraffes – just don’t even care. They wander around eating leaves and could walk right through you.
Lions – Apparently giant cats also spend their afternoons lying in a pile, cuddling, and rolling around on their backs.
Elephants – Shy? Never took off but seemed to prefer staying back behind the foliage, out of direct sight.