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December 08, 2006

Want to learn about Kilimanjaro?

You kind of have to speak German, but if you do, this is a truly AWESOME site about Kilimanjaro.

The reason I'm linking to it from here is because even if you don't have any knowledge in German, you can still check it out and get a look at some great pictures from the mountain and Tanzania.

Check it out here:

http://www.bernhard.flack.de

July 16, 2006

A Few Kilimanjaro Favorites

So, we have some news, and some pictures to share!

Our news:

1. We're in Orlando, leaving for home in Colorado, and we are delayed. We may or may not make our connection in Chicago. Time will tell.

2. We're going to be on the news again! It might happen tomorrow morning. We say might because, well, #1. We might not make it on time.

So, because we're sitting here in an (another) airport, with annoyed people around us, we decided to use the free wireless internet access to do something positive with our delay.

So, here are a few of our favorite pictures.


A shot of the awesome mountain just seven days before our summit.


Jonathan as a cape buffalo.


Fiber Optic Flowers in Africa.


Carrie of the Frosty Hair.


Adam of the "I haven't showered in 8 days" hair.


Zebra Love
(A.K.A. You scratch my back; I'll scratch yours.)


The Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge (where we stayed the first two nights and our last night in Africa)


Carrie and Jonathan on Mount Kilimanjaro


Sunset over Mount Meru (Camp 2 - with Mount Kilimanjaro behind us)

July 06, 2006

Pictures from Kilimanjaro summit

We have over 1,000 pictures that we are currently cataloguing and organizing, putting into an easy-to-navigate and fun format.

But, a couple of people have asked us for pictures from the summit, so instead of having you wait for the next days' postings (from DC, NYC, and NJ, as well as our safari), here are just a few of our pictures from the summit.

Thanks for all your support! We have more to share, MUCH MORE, and it will be coming very soon!

June 19, 2006

Empire State Building Times Square Long Island NYC

Click the video below below to watch a video of our Day 9!

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On day 9, we awoke in New Jersey, and rode the New Jersey transit from South Amboy to Penn Station in Manhattan. We went to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Long Island, took a boat ride, saw the statue of Liberty, ate Pakistani food, and saw the financial district at night.

You can watch day 9 (in our video summary below, and then you can see all of our pictures from day 9 here!




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June 18, 2006

Philadelphia New Jersey and Mamma Mia on Broadway

Click the video below below to watch a video of our Day 8! Once you click play, it may take up to 1 minute to work.

On day 8, we awoke in New Jersey, and visited Philadelphia again, and then drove to our friends' house, near South Amboy, New Jersey. From South Amboy, we took the New Jersey transit to Penn Station in Manhattan, where we caught one of those crazy NYC taxis to get to the show just in time!

You can watch day 8 (in our video summary below, and then you can see all of our pictures from day 8 here!





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June 17, 2006

Constitution Hall and driving over bridges in Delaware New Jersey and Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Click the video below below to watch a video of our Day 7! Once you click play, it may take up to 1 minute to work.

On day 7, we found ourselves driving through Delaware, staying in New Jersey, and visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where we saw Constitution Hall! We have some great tips for you for Philadelphia too, which we will have on our pictures page.

You can watch day 7 (in our video summary, and then you can see all of our pictures from day 7 here!





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June 14, 2006

Day 4 at Arlington, The Iwo Jima Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum

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Today, we went to see Arlington National Cemetery, The Iwo Jima Memorial, the FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum.

It was a VERY BUSY DAY!

You can watch day 4 (in the video below) and then you can see all of our pictures from June 14th here!


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June 13, 2006

National Museum of Art, the Constitution, and Carrie's Birthday

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You can watch day 3 (in video snippets, and then you can see all of our pictures here!





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June 10, 2006

The Hains Point Giant Awakening and DC Metro travel

We rented a car at Baltimore's Airport, and drove down to where we are staying in Vienna, VA.  The first night we got here, we must have been total zombies.  But Yvette was nice enough to deal with us, and help to brainstorm a list of places we should see, and more importantly, the order we should see them in.

Because the public transportation system is very good in Washington D.C., we decided to return our rental car, rather than adding additional days.  But we decided that we would see the out of the way "Hains Point Giant" statue before returning the rental carWashington D.C. Traffic sign What we noticed was the huge contrast between us (HAPPY), and the majority of people on the road.

But that's to be expected when we're on vacation in a new place, and they're just going about the daily grind.
Check out these unhappy drivers. The guy in the blue car was FUMING.

We seriously thought he was going to kill someone.
Washington D.C. Traffic - unhappy driver 1 Washington D.C. Traffic - unhappy driver 3 Washington D.C. Traffic - unhappy driver Washington D.C. Traffic - unhappy driver - anger

Now, here's me! Very happy about seeing famous Washington D.C. landmarks out the window.
Washington D.C. Traffic - happy driver DC Monument from car

So after some slight driving confusion and significant traffic, we got to Hains Point park, and drove to see "The Giant!"

If you don't know what the giant is, it's actually a statue on Hains Point called "The Awakening".
Read more about "The Awakening"

Hains Point Giant distance Hains Point Giant whole giant Hains Point Giant Picture
Hains Point Giant picture head hand Hains Point Giant picture head hand Hains Point Giant picture legs Hains Point Giant picture head

Hains Point Giant picture - Carrie mouth

I told Carrie that it would be funny if she took a picture sitting in the giant's mouth. So Carrie tried to crawl into the giant's mouth, and she told me that he tried to bite her.

I had a hard time believing her. After all, this is just a statue of a giant, right?

But, just to be on the safe side, I approached very cautiously.

I tried to sneak into the giant's mouth

Hains Point Giant picture - sneaky

As I was crawling in, I realized that Carrie was right. This giant was alive, and he had FOUL breath!

Hains Point Giant picture - bad breath

So I got out of there as quickly as I could, in case he decided to take a bite.

Hains Point Giant picture - get out

As I scampered out of his mouth, his giant hand moved, and looked like it would come right down and crush me.

Hains Point Giant picture - Jonathan Hand Hains Point Giant picture - Jonathan Hand

So Carrie and I pondered - maybe we should head for friendlier parts of the giant.

Hains Point Giant picture - chin

Carrie courted the feet and knee
Hains Point Giant picture - Carrie toe
Hains Point Giant - Carrie foot
Hains Point Giant - knee Carrie Hains Point Giant - knee

While I found the hand to be quite nice.
Hains Point Giant - hand

Hains Point Park also has a lot of other nice locations to see, and things to do.
Hains Point fisherman
Hains Point-view

On the way to Reagan Washington National airport (to return the car), we got a view (from the distance), of the Thomas Jefferson memorial.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial 2Thomas Jefferson Memorial

We'll return back here in a couple of days.

One of life's little rules is "Always return a borrowed car with the gas tank full." Nowhere is that more the case than with a rental car. But, based on what I was told at the car rental place, I did not re-fuel the car before returning it. That was a mistake.

Long story short, a one day car rental cost us $112.00. Yes, this may quality for the most expensive car rental (for a one day compact car rental) in history. Moral of the story: "Always return a borrowed car with the gas tank full" no matter what the person behind the counter tells you.

Also, you really should have your contracts reviewed, ALWAYS, before you sign them. Sometimes it's inconvenient, but it's ALWAYS a good idea.

We then took the DC Metro blue line from Reagan Washington National Airport to the orange line, to head out to Vienna, VA.
Washington National Control Tower Washington National Metro Sign
Washington National Metro - Lighthouse

Washington National Metro

Washington DC Metro - long
Washington DC Metro Welcome to VA Virginia metro sign

We took the DC Metro to the bus stop, and then walked about 10 minutes from the bus stop back to where we're staying, with our friends Misti and Yvette. Where we're staying is pretty close to this building.
Nobel Sheraton Hotel - Vienna, VA

June 06, 2006

Kilimanjaro goodbye dinner with Shannon and Peter

Jonathan and I got to have dinner with our friends Shannon and Peter the other night. Shannon and I are in the same master's program. The four of us met half way at Buca di Beppo in LoDo Denver. Here's a picture of us all after we enjoyed a very wonderful dinner.  And here are some pictures of
our food. It was yummy.
Shannon gave me a really great birthday card. Here's what she wrote: "Carrie, although it may be hard to 'indulge' on the side of a mountain or in the middle of the savannah, I hope you do get the chance to indulge yourself, even if it means just indulging in a few extra moments of reflection. I hope you have a very happy birthday & I'm sorry I won't be able to be there to share it with you. Shannon"
It's really nice to get something that you need to hear at the exact right moment. And that what she was able to do for me, both with the birthday card, and the card that she and Peter gave to Jonathan and I both. Here's what this one said: "Congratulations! You've accomplished the hardest task: banishing the what-ifs & might-have-beens, and are now setting out following your dreams! May you climb every mountain with this courage & determination and may all the climbing gods grant you good weather & pleasant travel ompanions.

We're so proud of you (and a little jealous too!). Kudos, luck & bring us back great pics! Shannon & Peter" Wow,
Shannon should really work for Hallmark. I wish I could write things that carried as much meaning and faith and "good vibes" as she does.

Jonathan and I always love spending time with our friends, and this was an especially good time (maybe because of this fountain inside the restaurant). Well, thanks again Shannon and Peter. Shannon asked for the great pics, because she does awesome work taking pictures and turning them into DVDs. She has her own website called
Shanbrite Designs. I've seen a few of her projects and they turned out so great that we have commissioned her to take all of our pictures and turn them into a DVD for us!

That way all of our friends can easily check out our pictures, and any time we want to reminisce, we can just pop in a DVD. You'll see more of her work soon. Thanks Shannon and Peter; we love you guys!








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June 04, 2006

Kilimanjaro and our going away party

What is the perfect thing to do when you have only FOUR DAYS TO GO before you climb the tallest mountain in Africa? Have a "We're climbing Mount Kilimanjaro party!"

Here are some pictures from the party...

Grandma, Bill, and Oma at the Kilimanjaro going away party
Bill, Jonathan's Grandma, and Jonathan's Oma.

Carrie and neighbor Samuel at the Kilimanjaro going away party
Carrie with our little friend Samuel.

Shannon and Christoph at the Kilimanjaro going away party
Something funny happened to Shannon and Christoph when this picture was taken. They were visited by a heavenly light. So rather than messing with the heavenly light (via Paint Shop), we left it in the picture.

It's also Carrie's birthday on June 13th, while we're gone on our trip, so we also celebrated Carrie's birthday too, with my parents, brother, sister, and some friends here.

Carrie and Dad at the Kilimanjaro going away party

My parents and sister gave Carrie presents for the trip, which means I got to have the benefit of Carrie's birthday, including the presents of: spray waterproofing, baby wipes (A.K.A. Portable shower), three boxes of cliff bars, and powdered Gatorade.

In other good, exciting and fun news, we also have a new and incredible sponsor, Ms. Marge Nuttall.  You will be able to read more about this woman very soon.

June 03, 2006

Long Underwear Models Payless Shoes and liner socks

5 Days to go!

We got our long underwear in the mail. Whoo-hoo! An earlier post shows where we found the best prices on long underwear.

So here we are, in all our underwear glory, being underwear models.
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Just kidding.

Kilimanjaro long underwear - CarrieKilimanjaro long underwear - JonathanCarrie auditioned for the underwear model position, but later felt a little nervous about being an underwear model, so this is all you get of Carrie in her long underwear.

As for Jonathan, well, he auditioned for the long underwear model position as well, and didn't feel nervous at all.  In fact, he was happy to share the picture, but Carrie and Jonathan both decided that the rest of the world might not be that excited about seeing Jonathan as an underwear model... so here's Jonathan in hislong underwear, from the waist up.

Liner Socks - Moosejaw PackageWe also got our liner socks from MooseJaw.  MooseJaw's slogan is "Love the Madness" and you can see from their packaging that they remain true to their mission. Liner Socks - Moosejaw Package 2We wanted to share their packaging with you, because it just cracks us up. (See the earlier post for the
best prices we found on liner socks.) We each got 8 pairs of liner socks, and 4 pairs of thicker climbing/hiking socks for the Kilimanjaro climb. (Carrie's allergic to wool, so she got different climbing/hiking socks than I did.) Here's the strategy with liner socks... we have one one
pair of liner socks for each day of the climb, and we'll wear the thicker hiking socks two days for each pair. That way, we can wear a new pair of liner socks each day, without actually packing 8 pairs of the thick climbing socks. Conserving space is a necessity on this trip!

Liner Socks - Moosejaw Package 3Doug Kelley, a friend of ours who has done extensive mountain climbing, left us a really nice message, wishing us well, and he offered us this piece of advice. "Once you're done packing, unpack and leave behind 1/3rd of what you packed initially. You will NEVER use it!

So, we'll see. Jonathan's not exactly known for packing light for trips.

Payless Shoesource - boxesWe also got our lounge-around shoes through our sponsorship from Payless Shoesource. Payless Shoes - AirwalkThese are the shoes we wear around the campsite at night, when we're done climbing for the day and just want some comfortable shoes to put on.  Carrie got the Champion shoes, and I got the Airwalk Flip shoes.

We'll also be getting shoe liners for these shoes to make them as uber-comfortable as possible.

As well, we inventoried our stuff today... more pictures of that coming in a later posting!

May 31, 2006

Where is Kilimanjaro?

One of the questions we are asked most often is:

WHERE IS KILIMANJARO?

Americans aren't generally known for their knowledge of world geography, and to be honest, when we first decided to go, I had no idea where Kilimanjaro was either...so here you go.

Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, Africa, which sits on the East side of Central Africa.

Africa

See, here's Tanzania.

Location of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in Africa

When you zoom in on Tanzania, you can see that Kilimanjaro is in the upper North East corner of Tanzania, on the border with Kenya.

Location of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Here's a little closer view of Kilimanjaro and the area we'll be flying into. Our 2nd/3rd day of our time in Africa will be spent in Arusha, which can be seen on the map here.

Arusha and Moshi next to Kilimanjaro


And then we begin our climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. We will be taking the Machame route, which is known as the intermediate and most scenic route up the mountain.

The Western Breach is currently closed, because of a rockslide there that injured and killed some people in January 2006 (one person killed was actually from Colorado).

Machame route up Kilimanjaro


Are we scared to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? No. Not really. Mostly just really darn excited! We know it will be a challenge, and we're prepared for that, but mostly we're just excited!

See! Here we are, in preparation with our official "Team Kilimanjaro2006.com" jerseys!

Carrie holding Kilimanjaro 2006 shirt   Jonathan holding Kilimanjaro 2006 shirt   Jonathan's Kilimanjaro 2006 shirt   Carrie ironing Kilimanjaro 2006 shirts

May 17, 2006

Pictures of monkeys and the trunk monkey video

So here's the gist of today's posting.

Monkeys:  Pictures of monkeys, talk about monkeys, and monkey business.  (Well, maybe not monkey business exactly...)

When we get back, we will have some great pictures we took, and hopefully, (as one of our sponsors has requested), we'll be able to get some "pictures of cute monkeys"). 

As we don't have any of our own monkey pictures YET, we're sharing THESE pictures of monkeys with you instead.

When it comes to the monkeys we're going to see in Africa, it's most likely that we'll see baboons and spider monkeys.  Apparently, baboons don't really mind at all having humans around, but spider monkeys are generally skittish.  We hope we'll see a full range, but we'll be happy to see any monkeys that see fit to grace us with their presence!

And for the people who don't think that baboons are monkeys...well, we can have the debate later.  (Actually, feel free to leave us your comments below.) But for now, here are some pictures of monkeys from all over.

PICTURES OF MONKEYS
Baboons

pictures of monkeys - baboon and baby
Apparently this is a pretty rare picture of an olive baboon.
   pictures of monkeys - baboon monkey business
Quit acting like Baboons! 
Never mind.  You are baboons.
pictures of monkeys - baboon sitting
This guy says "What are you doing here?"
pictures of monkeys - baboon with long face
Hey, why the long face?
This is a beautiful picture of an amazing animal.

PICTURES OF MONKEYS
spider monkeys

spider monkey - pictures of monkeys spider monkey in tree - pictures of monkeys

PICTURES OF MONKEYS
vervet monkeys

It's possible that we'll see some vervets, which would be great!

vervets - pictures of vervet monkeys monkeys vervets - pictures of vervet monkeys

PICTURES OF MONKEYS
(The following is a random assortment of monkey pictures.)

Capuchin monkey - pictures of monkeys
This picture of a Capuchin monkey shows many Americans the monkey we generally think about having for a pet - popularized by shows like Friends.
picture of Tamarin monkey

This is a picture of a Tamarin monkey.  Tamarins are rather cute monkeys, don't you think?  (Oh, and stay tuned for cute monkey pictures.)

monkey and baby - pictures of monkeys
Don't mind me.  I'm just hanging around!
baby and monkey - pictures of monkeys 2
More pictures of baby monkeys.
monkey pictures - monkey in tree
"Look out below!  I'm a monkey, so I make up my own mind. I could decide to stop posing for this picture and let go at any time!"
Capuchin monkey - pictures of capuchin monkeys

Another picture of a Capuchin monkey.
Very cool angle and close-up!

 

frustrated monkey picture
This monkey looks a little frustrated, don't you think?
India monkey
Apparently, this is a picture of monkeys in India.
picture of monkeys - three monkeys on a branch
Three monkeys are on a branch, and one decides to leap.
How many monkeys are left?
Three.  Why?  One just decided.  He didn't actually do it yet.
monkey - pictures of monkey thinking
"Your picture can't bother me.
I'm deep in thought."
PICTURES OF MONKEYS
Here are just some cute monkey pictures for the "awww" factor.
pictures of monkeys - cute monkey 1 pictures of monkeys - cute monkey 2
(Special thanks to:  http://www.underwater.org/mermaid/tanzania/monkeys.html)
pictures of monkeys - cute monkey 3 pictures of monkeys - cute monkey 4

Oh, and if you've never seen a Trunk Monkey video, you should watch this: 

One of the now infamous Trunk Monkey videos

May 03, 2006

Easter Eggs Climb Kilimanjaro

This post is a bit late, but here we go.

Easter's kind of a big deal with my family.

(Actually, most holidays are kind of a big deal with my family. It's a nice tradition!)

Carrie got introduced to our Easter traditions four years ago, which include some serious egg decorating! We don't just decorate. We pull out the old Crayolas (always a challenge to find), and we test our art skills on chicken Ovums!
(Is it Ovums or ovum? What's the plural version?)

Anyway, just as an example, last year, for the first time ever, Carrie introduced Sharpie Markers into the arsenal of egg decorating tools. She was able to create the members of Kiss (the band) and R2D2, all on eggs! This year, Carrie decided she would give an egg to every person, and give everyone their own bodies!

Kilimanjaro and the egg familySo, she made bodies for everyone (except herself).

My older brother and sister-in-law are with their dogs and are under construction on their new home, my younger brother is in his computer and his girlfriend there, my younger sister, my parents (in their dress clothes (they sing with the Colorado Symphony Chorus), and me in my pajamas (since I work from home, the standing comment is that I get to work in my pajamas... which I am blessed to often do.)

Jonathan in pajamas and Carrie on KilimanjaroI made a body (and a stand) for Carrie. You'll notice her stand is Mount Kilimanjaro, and her body is the logos of our sponsors. I'm no egg afficianado, but that looks pretty darn good!

Happy Easter! (Even though it was quite a while ago.)