Mikumi Safari

First, I understand we were not in the Serengeti, but the Mikumi National Park was one of the top ten experiences I have had, definitely up there with the Great Wall of China and our beach front cabin in Jamaica. It is an unreal adventure to see wildlife in its’ natural habitat. Let’s be honest too, I have never been a true fan of animals, so that is saying a lot. On the list of animals we saw: a male lion, elephants, zebras, giraffes, impalas, a python, buffalo, and warthogs.

Are you ready for your Safari, Bell style? Here ya go!

Meet the Team! These are our roomies for our stay at the guesthouse. Ryan, Tony, Claire, Patrick, and me!

Meet the team! These are our roomies for our stay at the guesthouse. Ryan, Tony, Claire, Patrick, and me!

Meet Tony. He is working on his PhD in Agriculture, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State. He has provided us solid ab workouts everyday simply to laughing so much.

Meet Tony. He is working on his PhD in Agriculture, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State. He has provided us solid ab workouts everyday simply to laughing so much. Yes ladies, he is single.

Meet Ryan, a Canadian working on his Masters in Rural Sociology. He has been married for three years and is also a fellow "ResLifer". Hence, we share a lot in common!

Meet Ryan, a Canadian working on his Masters in Rural Sociology. He has been married for three years and is also a fellow “ResLifer”. Hence, we share a lot in common!

The first half of the Safari, this was the backseat awesomeness. As you can see I was surrounded with goof and silliness.

The first half of the Safari, this was the backseat awesomeness. As you can see I was surrounded with goof and silliness.

There were zebras behind me. Unfortunately, they did not make the picture.

There were zebras behind me. Unfortunately, they did not make the picture.

As you all know, my handsome and studly husband.

As you all know, my handsome and studly husband.

Tony, Ryan, and Claire playing ninja. Claire is our main photographer on this trip. All of these pictures our courtesy of her. She would not give me any selfies of her, so this is what I am working with. Claire is working on her Masters in Soil Science and is working under the same professor as Patrick at The Ohio State.

Tony, Ryan, and Claire playing ninja. Claire is our main photographer on this trip. All of these pictures our courtesy of her. She would not give me any selfies of her, so this is what I am working with. Claire is working on her Masters in Soil Science and is working under the same professor as Patrick at The Ohio State.

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Do you see the baby monkey?? I'm obsessed!

Do you see the baby orangutan?? I’m obsessed!

As most of you know, it wouldn't be normal if I didn't fall asleep. Patrick has diagnosed me with Transportation Induced Narcolepsy.

As most of you know, it wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t fall asleep. Patrick has diagnosed me with Transportation Induced Narcolepsy.

Tony has it too! It was so peaceful, we couldn't pass up a good nap.

Tony has it too! It was so peaceful, we couldn’t pass up a good nap.

View from our lunch, right in front of a watering hole. I had the best fruit salad here so stay tuned for pictures on Foodie Friday.

View from our lunch, right in front of a watering hole. I had the best fruit salad here so stay tuned for pictures on Foodie Friday.

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Now, if you are not a fan of death and/or blood, you may choose to leave this blog now. Just a heads up- a lion and elephant are involved.

This male lion defeated this teen elephant. Thankfully, this elephant had a disease so it was in a great deal of pain already. The lion decided to take advantage of the situation.

This male lion defeated this teen elephant. Thankfully, this elephant had a disease so it was in a great deal of pain already. The lion decided to take advantage of the situation.

"This is RL." - Tony "What??" - Kali "This is REAL LIFE."- Tony

“This is RL.” – Tony
“What??” – Kali
“This is REAL LIFE.”- Tony

We finished our night eating at the Oasis Hotel and played the card game Estimate.

We finished our night eating at the Oasis Hotel and played the card game Estimate.

Thanks to Watu Safaris, we had a perfect day! If you are ever close to Mikumi National Park, contact Majenda at Watu. You won’t be disappointed

Sometime I will post some videos that you won’t want to miss: a “live” view of the lion and elephant, Tony singing “I Can Show You the World”, and other mishaps.

Today we were invited over for dinner and Settlers of Catan/ Seafarers to Dr. Kraybill’s, the director of iAGRI, home. Their home was built by a Swiss architect, it was obviously beautiful. His lovely wife, Mary, made salad (which can only be eaten when properly made), BBQ chicken, beets, and roasted potatoes. It was amazing! For dessert, french press coffee and a cake with dates and spices with a balsamic cream icing were served. It tasted like a mixture of spice and german chocolate cake. Delicious. Oh, and Catan Seafarers changed our life, such a fun game. Mary is a historian, so it was fun for her to add historical components to the game.

This week I get to learn about soil and help Patrick in the lab. I’m actually pumped to learn more about his research and what it will look like in the future. Definitely taking in these moments spending time with him. We are also going on a date tomorrow night!

How was your weekend? I really want to know! I miss all my friends and family already!

xoxo

 

 

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Currently, we are celebrating our fourth year of marriage. When I married Patrick, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster of an adventure. However, little did I know, we would spend more time on a plane than in our home. We are beyond excited to share our adventures of soil science, developing countries, our move up north, teaching endeavors, special education, training for our runs and tid bits of our life. Here is our stories of a PhD student and teacher attempting to stay above average, so hang with us!

6 thoughts on “Mikumi Safari

  1. Yesterday I went to Grandma’s and watered he plants. Only the peace lily was wilted, so you watered well before you left. Your great-grandparents, Herb & Ruth Doughty would be amazed that you taught others to play Estimate in Africa. That probably is a family first!! You just brought a little bit of your Doughty heritage to Tanzania. The pics are breath taking!!! Thank you and your fellow travelers for sharing. what an awesome adventure. Miss you, love you,and God bless!!

    • Aunt Pam, I’m glad the plants are doing well and Grandma’s house is still standing- haha! Our friend Ryan has played Estimate before as well, so we were able to teach everyone! They play it a little differently in Canada, but not much! 🙂 xoxo

  2. This post was spectacular. I feel better knowing the baby elephant was already sick. 🙂

    On another note, those pics are awesome! Any more safari adventures in the future for you guys? This is definitely on my bucket list! Hope date night is the best date you guys have had yet!

    • No more safaris this summer, Tay! We are going to Zanzibar though next weekend! Thanks! I’m glad you feel better about the ellie 🙂

  3. Great pictures and stories from your adventure. (except for the lion and elephant one, even though it is all a part of the wild!) On another note, I have a friend whose daughter always falls asleep when they are driving and she calls it “carcolepsy”! I thought you might want to borrow her term for your condition, lol.

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