Though my sleep schedule won't be normal again for weeks (I woke up at 3am this morning and haven't been able to sleep since), we arrived safely home from Africa yesterday afternoon after a successful and blessed trip.
Tanzania has got to be one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. They have almost every type of terrain imaginable, from green mountains to dusty plains to lush jungles and everything in between.
Here's a pic of John Jr. and I at the Ruaha National Park where we got to spend one day as tourists on safari after our work was done.
It's an amazing place in the middle of nowhere, and everywhere you turn you see stuff like this:
And finally, here's one of the coolest places on Earth. It looks even better than in the picture, and you're the only one there. You have it all to yourself. It's called Matema Beach (on one of the nothern shores of Lake Nyassa, which is also called Lake Malawi, at the foot of the Livingstone Mountains, which I presume are named for the discoverer of the lake, David Livingstone). It's only accessible via a very bumpy 2 hour drive over dirt road from Kyela Town, which itself is about a ten hour drive from the airport in Dar Es Salaam into the interior of Tanzania. If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, trust me, you want to go to Matema Beach:
Thanks for your prayers while we were gone. It was a great trip, but man, oh, man, is it good to get back to the USA. We have the best lives in the world here.