K2, on a rare day off, offered to be my guide in Arusha National Park, about a one-hour drive from town. We used the Suzuki as our safari vehicle. With the sun roof open, and our shoes off, one of us at a time could stand on the seat and pop our head out through the roof, just like with a real safari truck. And it was a lot cheaper.
See that small tree on the right whose branches are cinnamon colored?
It's hosting a colony of ferns.
We saw this bushbuck...
...and this tiny dik-dik.
Approaching the famous Big Fig (famous at least amongst the Park Rangers, who all asked if that's where we were going). Any other middle-aged Americans out there remember that old TV commercial with the song and dance, "Doin' the Big Fig Newton"?
Here's the view from Kitoto Point. Beautiful!
Just one more of the dozen places where K2 has told me, "You can see Kilimanjaro from here on a clear day. But it's cloudy today. Sorry."
Nope...still nothing! I've always wondered if tour guides lie to their clients.
The summit of Mt. Meru from Kitoto Point.
After a leisurely picnic lunch, punctuated by cold wind, a bit of rain, and K2 warning of lurking buffalo every time a twig snapped, we headed back downhill.
We saw another bushbuck...
...and some baboons.