For some reason known only to the chain of command, instead of going to
some of the more exotic places on the cruise,
we ended up for some weeks in Mombassa, Kenya.
It was not real high on my list of places to go and I didn't do a lot
there. You took your chances eating anything off the ship.
A couple guys ended up eating rice and charcoal for several weeks
because that was all they could hold down.
I think the culprit was 'Monkey on a Stick'.
Bottled beer wasquestionable because it was normally served with ice
that was more than a few shades off of white.
There was a lot of disease and poverty, and AIDs was just
up. Over there they called AIDs the Thinning Disease.
I pretty much confined anything I did to day trips.
One day my photography buddy Bill said he and some others were going to
spend a weekend out at a game lodge
and the cost was around $300.00.
Did I want to go? Heck no.
The price was too high and I didn't want to end up contracting some
previously unknown viral disease for which there was no cure.
That was probably one of the few trips I regret missing. Those that
went had a great time and they came back healthy.
The first two photos Bill took:
awesome sunset out at the lodge.
Bill also got a picture of a five legged elephant. That is a
leg, isn't it?
is the city of Mombassa.
too much to look at so Bill and I started looking around for something
else to do.
We heard there was an old Portuguese fort around somewhere and started
With the help of a guide, we found it.
One wall inside was covered with drawings. Most were too
faded to see but these stood out.
Information about the paintings
This was our guide, explaining the armaments. After a brief
intro, we were free to go exploring.
The most fascinating part of the whole place was downstairs in the ammo
The ammo rooms were damp and musty with moss, lichens and other stuff
growing on the walls.
Cave crickets ate the green stuff.
Skinks, bats and the biggest whip
scorpoins I'd ever seen ate the crickets.
It was a thriving ecosystem.
It was very difficult to get decent pictures down there. This
is of a whip scorpion. I would say the body was about
the size of a quarter. Legs and all, they were about 4-5 " in
Here is a close up. with babies on her back.
Going back upstairs, we overlooked the ocean and there were a
number of canon.
Bill at an obversation post.
Out back was entrance to the beach. A very popular spot
on those hot summer days.
Outside, there were some pretty neat lizards and a spider that was
about the size of my hand.
I suspect the little guy on top is the male. The web was over
4' in diameter.
All in all it was a pretty nice day. Lots of hiking and
naturally most of it was up hill.