Lily Ann Fouts

Adventures in Africa 2012 – Part 4

Here’s my final post about our 2012 trip to Africa.  If you haven’t already, be sure to read about our coffee plantation tour, Kilimanjaro climb up the Lemosho route, and Safari to Tarangire, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater national parks.  And now…the adventure continues:

Volunteering Fiasco

Sep. 25, 2012

We didn’t actually manage to sleep in much, we were so used to getting up earlier.  We had breakfast, packed, and before 10:00 Mike from Stella Maris was there to pick us up.  We went to the Gladys office, then set off to walk around town. […]

Adventures in Africa 2012 – Part 1

“Did you ever wire that money?  We still haven’t received it.”

A jolt of panic shot from my heart to my fingertips as I read the words on my e-mail screen.  My breathing became more constricted, my palms moistened and my heart revved up.  I had made a significant down payment on the most expensive trip of my life and now the trekking company was telling me that the large sum I had wired them did not go through.  Either they were lying to me or I faced an extended conversation with our bank and possibly the loss of a few thousand dollars and a ruined honeymoon.  Not good.  Were they scammers?  Was their bank corrupt?

“Are you sure you haven’t received it?” I e-mailed back.  “Please double-check with your bank.  I sent it two weeks ago and according to our bank, the funds went through.” […]

Holiday Letter 2012

C-130 lands at the South Pole, Nov. 1, 2012.

Our C-130 lands at the South Pole, Nov. 1, 2012.

A few minutes before midnight, I left the cockpit of the C-130–vibrating on its giant skis, propellers buzzing–and placed my fat white boots onto the crunchy snow, blinking into the sunlight reflecting off the sea of white stretching ever outward to fall away with the curvature of the earth.  In the foreground, a small crowd of winterovers in puffy red coats, anonymized by their hoods, balaclavas and dark goggles, waited anxiously for the opportunity to climb into the noisy beast and escape their 8 1/2-month (or longer) imprisonment from this center of science at the earth’s southern axis.  Beyond them, several small buildings cluttered the landscape, dwarfed by the futuristic elevated Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station which we now call home. […]