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While the kayakers and the DIB explorers returned to the ship, David enjoyed some extra time on shore wandering back to the small beach on Pond Island.


Pond Island Shore ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110124

Let’s take a quiet wander with him.

No commentary necessary!


Mussels and seaweed  ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110104



Antler shed by a deer ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110107



Sea Urchin Shell  ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110109



Crab shell ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110111



Banana Slug ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110114



Shelf or bracket fungi ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110116



Starfish and Mussels  ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110125



Close up of star fish patterning ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110129



Bald Eagle returning to tree with a catch ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110131



Bald Eagle  ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110135



Kayaks waiting to be returned to the ship ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110041



Brady takes the tiller ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110135

The wandering over, it was time to return to “Sea Lion”.

On the way back, young Brady was given the tiller by Nikki, the ship’s Bosun.

This nine year old was really making the most of this expedition.


Ryan, the Chef ©  DY  of  jtdytravels; P1110343

And waiting for us all to return on board, was our chef, Ryan. He, and his small team, did a wonderful job of providing us all with good, fresh food… without going over the top as happens on the big cruise ships. Breakfast was the usual fare, with hot porridge for the likes of me! Lunch was salads and a hot dish, varying the cuisine of those dishes each day…. and there was always ‘the cookie of the day’ to finish off our lunch. In the late afternoon, while we had our daily debrief,  there were nibbles that usually included cheese and a salmon dish. The evening meal was a choice of three mains; meat, fish or vegetarian. We ticked off our choice in the morning and, there it was, ready for us in the evening. No waste. There was one starter, that was usually the soup of the day, and one dessert. No choice, except to say no! I have to say that no-one could have, or did have, a complaint about the food. It was all very good.

Jen Williams © DY of jtdytravels; P1110224

Jen Williams © DY of jtdytravels; P1110224

After lunch, I had a massage from Jen, our wellness expert.

It was just fantastic. Thanks Jen.

The ship relocated a little further up Chatham Straight to Sitkoh Bay

and David decided to do another plant hunting walk.

More of that anon.

Jennie and David

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Kibale Forest National Park is the most accessible of Ugandan’s major rainforests and is home to the highest concentration of different primates in the world.  Twelve different species have been recorded.  The main attraction however, is the park’s 500 chimpanzees which have been habituated.

We took a walking safari to see the chimps, a real highlight.


After hours of walking – a chimp up a tree  P1090392  DY of jtdytravels


Colourful bracket fungus  P1090339  DY of jtdytravels

A village walk was on offer during the afternoon.  This included a visit to a tea plantation, something I’ve done a couple of times before.  I declined the offer and decided instead to do some washing and to have a shower.  There was hot water (sometimes) in the open air showers.  These showers offered a lovely view.


The open-air shower  P1090396  DY of jtdytravels

Having elected to stay behind I planned to do some writing before my rostered duty came around.  The group has been divided into groups of four whose duty each day is to do their bit for the whole group.  My duty this particular day was to help the cook with the preparation of the vegetables for the night’s meal.  I expected a call to duty at around 17h30, but to my dismay, the cook said he wanted me at 16h30.  This was only 30 minutes after I finished my washing and shower.  I dutifully turned up at the appointed hour and did my duty.  Because I was the only PAX in camp the whole of the job fell to my peeling and cutting hands.  This wasn’t a problem but it naturally took me longer to do the job than having it shared between the other members of my group who were still out visiting the village or doing the afternoon chimp walk.  By the time I’d finished cutting up enough eggplant, carrots, onion, green capsicum, potato and grating garlic to give the non-descript soup some flavour, the first of the group arrived back at camp from their various activities.  It was obviously time to start replenishing some of the liquid lost earlier in the day.  And, there went the best of my intentions!


The view from the bar  P1090260  DY of jtdytravels

I don’t think I’ve put a flower picture in yet, so here is one just because I can!  The butterfly is just for interest.


Solanum and butterfly  P1090225  DY of jtdytravels

More anon   David

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