Walvis Bay, Namibia!

December 4, 2006 - Walvis Bay, Namibia

Walvis Bay, Namibia

The desert! I got off the ship again and I got to go to the desert! I got to go to the oldest desert in the world! I had the privilege of going on another passenger tour yesterday. The tour was called “Landscapes of Walvis Bay,” and that is exactly what I got to see. I saw some magnificent views. The tour started at 8:00am in the morning and our first stop was at Namib Naukluft National Park where we saw our first sand dune. (Sand dune #7) The sand dunes in this park or numbered. Sand dune number 7 was pretty big, but our guide said that there were bigger ones. Supposedly sand dune number 45 has one of the best bathrooms. I had fun at this site. I wasn’t really dressed properly; I probably should have taken off my shoes. I tried climbing the dune, but I only made it about halfway up. It was hard climbing it because my feet kept sinking into the sand. We also only had 20 minutes, so I didn’t have enough time to make it up to the top, but halfway was pretty high up. At our next stop we got off the bus to look at the Mirablis plant. These plants are more than a 1,000 years old. Our guide told us that there was one a little bit a ways that was 1,800 years old. Their roots are right below the surface of the sand, so a ring of stones was put around the plants to keep people from walking to close. After this stop we made our way to “lunar landscape.” Here there was a vast area of eroded valleys that resembled the moons surface. It was pretty amazing. The view of the terrain was just magnificent. We then traveled off to a lagoon where we saw pelicans and flamingos. They were just chilling in the water. While on tour I learned these interesting facts: this was the oldest desert in the world, there are lots of scorpions, the dunes continue to grow year after year, Wesley Snipes just finished shooting a movie there, Angelina Jolie had her baby in Namibia (we drove by the hospital), 95% of their water comes from under the ground not from rain, there are only 1.8 million people in their country, 99,9% of their electricity is imported from South Africa, they produce a lot of uranium, and they also produce a lot of diamonds, diamonds are their main source of income, and when people are out in the desert they lose 4 liters of water per hour with the humidity. There wasn’t much going on in Namibia because it was a Sunday, but it was great to out and see the amazing landscapes. I was in a desert in Africa! The oldest desert in the world! We currently are in the process of crossing the Atlantic Ocean. We will make a pit stop at St. Helena Island where I will hopefully get to see Napoleon’s tomb. After our stop in St. Helena we will have five more sea days before reaching South America.

Pictures

Close Up!
Lunar Landscape!
Moon Walking!
Mirablis Plant!
 
 

5 Comments

Erin's momma:
December 5, 2006
Hi Matt,
Thanks for the updates and pictures. I talked to Erin about the "old" people that you describe and hoping that Michael and I don't fit into that category.
We are younger than the average!
Vicky
aunt nancy:
December 5, 2006
sounds like you are having a wonderful time and i am jealous it is cold here take care we miss you
Aunt Sherry:
December 8, 2006
Just go your postcard today. Thank you so much for thinking of us and taking the time to personally share some of your experiences with us. Your mom has shown me alot of the pictures you have sent. I am so impressed with all that you are getting to see. What a wonderful experience. You worked so hard for this opportunity. Enjoy each moment, and be proud of yourself. We certainly are!!!

Be Happy and stay safe!!

Love and miss you!!
Aunt Sherry
Erin's momma:
December 12, 2006
Hi Matt,
Could you send me the picture of you and Erin in
Christmas is coming!
Its just adorable.
Thanks Vicky (veeroo@comcast.net)
Mom:
December 14, 2006
My dear Matthew, where are you ? I hope you are safe and happy. I can't wait to talk to you. Love Mom






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