Back On the Road

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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