1. Signs in the Wilderness
Driving 6 hours from town to camp, driving an hour from camp to the access point, walking paths for an hour, then diving off-path into the wilderness for at least 30 minutes to get to site, to be met by a hand-painted sign written in Swahili. No, I have absolutely no idea what it means.
2. Dreaming of a Tropical Paradise
In outback, inland northern Tanzania, encountering a carefully-clipped Lonely Planet photograph of Zanzibar. Yes, it’s technically of the same country, but given the economic and political situation of the region, and mostly-impassible “transportation” network, this photograph is the closest any of the locals will get to seeing the ocean. I did wonder if the photograph was dropped by an earlier survey crew planning on extending their work-trip to Tanzania with an adventure to the spice island.
3. Safari Signs
…which is a totally brilliant idea that I embraced by heading on safari after completing my geophysical explorations. I very much appreciated when the local fauna would decorate the park signs, helpfully capturing the what & where in a single photograph.