Sep 15, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
Nothing much really happened here on this day. We had a long drive ahead of us and since the park was closing at 6:30pm and the driver went the wrong way in the park, we had to hurry up and drive to our site to set up camp. Which meant we basically didn't game drive but there weren’t too many animals in our path anyway. Or they might have heard our truck making a lot of noise and fled the scene. We arrived to camp at dusk to find a few warthogs just doing their thing in the site and weren’t bothered at all by us. So it was neat to see them up close. We were camping right next to a lake which had a lot of hippos in and you could see them a little bit down the way. When we camp, we set up our tents in as much of a circle as possible so nothing can enter in the middle. But that doesn’t mean they can’t trample a tent and squash some people! Most of us were tired and went to sleep early. I went to bed early as well but had one particularly bad thing going for me here. I had diarrhea for 3 days followed by 3 days of constipation. During my diarrhea spout, I took some Imodium to help keep it solid. In turn that must of stopped me up. I have never been stopped up before but really wasn’t too worried. I ate massive amounts of food as usual but after 3 days of not pooping, I figured it was time to do something about it. I asked around the camp for some laxatives and finally found some. I took 2 doses at 7:15pm and then went to bed at 9:15pm after waiting for something to happen. I was rudely woken up at some awful time with a tummy ache and laid there for a bit thinking about what to do. I figured it was time to make a run for it. The only problem for me was that the bathroom was clear across the campsite and probably about a minutes walk. And it was next to a tree-line. So I opted to squat behind a building which was a lot closer to my tent. We were told if you were going to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you should open your tent and scan the campsite for glowing eyes. I saw no eyes anywhere so I quickly did my thing. At about the crack of 5am, the same thing happened but I decided to make it to the hole in the ground bathroom instead. That sure wasn’t a fun morning. Our morning consisted of a walking safari. We were split up into 2 different groups and both met a different park ranger with a gun and was dropped off about 2 hours by foot away. It was cool to see the animals from a different perspective than out of a truck. Seeing wildlife from the safety of a truck makes it kind of feel like a zoo or something. We didn’t see any lions but we saw the usual of warthogs, water buffalo, birds, and all kinds of different deer. I managed to snap a few pics but since it was sunrise, our angle was pretty bad in relation to where the animals were. It was good though. At the start of the walk our group was walking pretty tightly, but towards the end the ranger just seemed to be in a hurry to get back and there were times we couldn’t even see him. We were walking through some pretty condensed bush and something could of easily come out and attacked us. But no dice for us! After our walk we headed out onto the road again. This time heading to a city called Jinga. Jinga is right at the base of the Nile River and where Lake Victoria feeds the Nile. It is also where a lot of adventure sports are at which is nice. We had another long day of driving ahead of us but we stopped in Kampala at a supermarket that we shopped at before. The tour leader had the idea to have a party that night since the group wasn’t really doing the party thing at night. Instead most of the group was going to bed early each night. So the idea was to buy some sort of outfit/costume at the store that doesn’t cost more than $5. I bought a packet of three Hawaiian flower lay things and two purple bow things. All for about $5. We made it to the camp after a few more hours of driving and set up as usual. The camp was pretty cool. It was overlooking the Nile River and it was where all the adventure stuff was at like bungee jumping and whitewater rafting. They also had some really fast powerboats that I was told really fun. That night we all dressed up in our little outfits and had a blast! I put two of the lay’s around my waist and the other around my neck. Then I put the two bow things on my nipples which was awesome with a capital...A! Some of the others included a guy with glow in the dark earrings, shower cap, and exfoliating gloves. A girl with aluminum foil wrapped around her body parts supposedly as a robot. And other cheap sparkly party favor type things on their bodies. I think we all really had a good time together including the older people. We danced, talked, and all drank together. I must admit I may have had a little too much fun because shots started to go around and I mistakenly took a couple.