Namibia

Our 2006 trip to Namibia. Make sure you check out the <a href="http://www.greg-willis.com/gallery/Travel/Namibia06/">Photo Albums</a>

One of our first stays in Namibia was at Zebra River Lodge in the Zaris Mountains east of Sossusvlei. The Zaris Mountains themselves have a startling leanness to them -- sloping canyons cut though ancient sedimentary rock and an arid desert landscape with only the sparest life found on them.

Since we're now in the thick of the Republican primaries, I figure this is an appropriate shot.

From our trip to Namibia.

My usual guideline is to never take a picture from a moving vehicle. It always seems like a good idea, but my experience is that either the framing is off or the image comes out with motion blur.

I shot this photo out the window of a jeep on a gravel road along the on the way to climb Big Daddy, the largest dune in the Sossuslvei area. We didn't see many ostriches in this part of Namibia, so this was out of the ordinary. It was early morning and the dunes glowed with the low sun.

Revisiting our trip to Namibia, and trying out some new video software. For some reason the day we drove from Cape Cross to Uis has stuck with me. The geology was wonderful, as was the solitude - we passed just one car on this 6 hour journey. It's 4:41, enjoy.

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Day 9 in our travels in Namibia: This is the day we drove from Cape Cross to a town called Uis

We started on the barren Skeleton Coast, drove inland through rising elevation and low hills, and eventually came to the Brandberg, a circular mountain made of granite.

So we've been back for a while, but no Namibia. What gives? Eh, work mainly. And those photos. But with no further delay, let the Namibia blogging begin!

So after spending 16 nights in the country, what are my impressions of Namibia?

1. Namibia is not as exotic as you'd think. Everyone speaks English. All the towns have grocery stores and ATMs, and vaguely reminded me of mid-sized mid-west towns in the US. The government is stable and the country is safe. Driving on the left was about as strange as it got.

Merino wool.

That's my advice to this year's graduates travelers. Merino wool.

Even moreso than our southeast asia trip, we get eyebrows raised when we tell folks we're going to Namibia. Thanks to poor foreign policy judgement in the 1960s, at least people in the US know where Vietnam is. Namibia, no clue.

A few folks have vague memories of hearing of it a few months ago when someone famous had a baby there. But they can't really remember who. And they certainly can't find it on a map.

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