The road chose me Going where others don't dare

I always enjoy a good hike 4

The Simien Mountains Part 2

The temperature plummets overnight, and I’m staggered by just how cold I feel wearing all my cold-weather gear from Northern Canada. In reality it only drops to about 46F(8C), making me realize how utterly...

Happily doing their thing in the mountains 3

The Simien Mountains Part 1

Again I’m lucky buying gas, and actually fill up at two different stations that don’t even have a waiting line. The official price is just under $3/gal, and I’m happy to keep the main...

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Back Into Ethiopia

I psych myself up for the drive back and up over the nasty road, and clear the city early in the morning. Of course the worst of the road is not nearly so bad...

Another beach 0

Around Djibouti

Truth be told, the primary reason I was excited to come to Djibouti was the prospect of swimming with Whale Sharks, which are said to practically invade the bay here during this time of...

The lake is a surreal color 3

Lake Assal

Around the bay from Djibouti city lies Lake Assal, the lowest point on the African continent at -509 feet (-155 meters), and the third lowest point on the entire planet. I’m a little shocked...

The rock formations are bizzare 7

Lake Abbe Part 2

The display of stars overnight is breathtaking in the desert, and I rise long before sunrise to take it all in. I feel a huge pang of longing and familiarity when I instantly spot...