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Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Yesterday we went out to nowhere at all - the welwitchia plants. Where to begin about these...? These plants are remnants of tropical forest. They have adapted to live in the some of the driest desert on earth (2 cm of rain per year - many years with no rain at all). They are endemic here. They are a link between gymnosperms and angiosperms. They look like nothing else on earth - their trunk extends 6 feet under ground with roots spreading horizontally up to 50 feet. They live up to 4000 years, granted they are not buried by moving sand, which they collect on their windward side. They are home to welwithia bugs, flies and ants, small reptiles and birds. We found that the inner stalk of the dry female flower, particularly the virgin flowers, is a wonderful incense or smudge stick. Frank told us to sit and try to talk with them. I sat with an old male. I think it told me I can communicate with any being I take the time to sit and talk with. I'll have to practice more.

Today I went to the homeopath, because I was afraid we didn't have enough malaria nosode for my whole trip. The middle aged German lady was very helpful. She gave me only 10 pellets. When I feel perfectly healthy (which I do) and free of aromatics or food smells, I take five and then five more 10 minutes later. That is a years worth of malaria prevention. The homeopath in Capetown gave my companions a different kind, probably chinin, which i'll continue taking in a daily dose (I would have liked to talk to him myself). I have responded very well to other homeopathic remedies, having just begun trying them on myself just in the last two months. They have cured me of chapped finger tips, sleeplessness and nausea during a migraine.

Today we are heading north to Etosha National Park, and soon to visit the San people. I may not get another entry until February, but perhaps tommorow we'll have some time in Tsumeb. From now on when I make a load of entries in one day I will only send notice of one of them. So, you'll have to keep track of what you've read and what's new.
Thanks for all the warm love and responses.
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edroc on

Oyster Mushroom Bitch
Dear ChrisRicciShit,

Tonight Susie and I ordered a J.O.B. pizza from Dominos and guess who delivered the thing...Mr. Bruce Odell. Bruce is skinny with dyed hair- awesome. He even forgot our breadsticks. We all were thinking about you Friday during January's Full Moon Fiasco. The ride was bitter cold but tons of fun- a great excuse to have a Guiness Pub Can in your bike's water bottle cage. The final stop was here at Dale, we got a mini keg of Coffee Stout and Hobelman brought over his new fire pit. I went hiking in St. Francios State Park (just north on of Bonne Terre, MO) on Sunday and stumbled accross a huge oyster mushroom growing on a log. It was part-way frozen and reminded me of Emmeneger park. We went skating a few times last week and your board was successfully ridden down both Louisville and Kraft.

Much love from Missouri, Chris. Me, Susie, Pat and Kevin (the whole Dale House) miss you a lot. From Victoria to Capetown and beyond, be safe in your travels and experiences. I look forward to hearing from you again.


glenny on

Which Welwitchia?
Oh Chris Ricci!

I'm so very glad that you got to see those crazy monsters--that's one thing I need to see before I die for sure. As you can imagine, I love hearing about the plants you encounter. Those Aloes! I never knew they could become trees. Its amazing. And I think you can appreciate shit like that. Thank you for letting me come along on your trip. I can see you are having a wonderful time.

Peace in the Middle East

auntpat on

I am so happy for you. I wait for more pictures and commentary as I want to see Afrika through your eyes and experience your travels through your writings. Know that your family loves you and misses you and totallly envy your adventurous spirit. Life is good live it in good health. Love Aunt Pat

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