Dorobo Safaris picked us up this morning in Arusha and we left the long lines of traffic behind for the wilds of the Maasai Steppe, an area of plains in north central Tanzania important for wildlife, agriculture, and cattle. We had a wonderful picnic lunch on the plains, watching male wildebeest competing for females, before continuing on to our camp for the night on a rock kopje at the base of Oldonyo Sambu, which means 'striped mountain' in kimaa, the language of the Maasai people. While we all are sleeping in pup tents tonight, we have many of the comforts of home thanks to Dorobo. We are getting up early tomorrow morning to climb the mountain.
Everyone is doing well and going to bed with full stomachs after a wonderful beef curry for dinner with apple crisp for dessert.
We are out in quite a remote area at the moment, so those of you who have been hearing from your students regularly up until now, please know that everyone is well and in good spirits. I am only able to post this because I have a local phone, and then only by holding the phone in just the right place in the middle of my tent to get a few scant bars of service. I'll try to add a brief update tomorrow night as well if possible!