Posted by: Paul Chiariello | February 16, 2011

Kenya ’06 – Camping with the Koobi Fora Field School, Part 1

I absolutely love to travel.  Personally, I try to engage life in general as a constant traveler, nomad, peripatetic, or/atau pengembara (for my Indonesian friends) and to always remember…

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. (Lao Tzu)

I believe when you apply that to all of life, you pretty much can’t fail.   And it has served me quite well already.

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Below I decided to put up some photos of my first trip to Kenya and my first real adventure outside of the US.  I spent about 7 weeks in Northern Kenya on an archeological field school camping in tents and digging for bones.

This is our first camp ground. The green one was my home for over 6 weeks.

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And here is the inside... home sweet home. Sleeping bag, books, cloths bag and lots of water bottles.

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Our Kitchen/Camp Fire/Congregation Area. But, alas, we were not to have such luxurious facilities for long...

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Some of my fellow classmates, wandering through our classroom on a hike.

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For the first week or so of the field school we mostly learned about ecology of the area.

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During the first week or so of the trip we camped the savanna in the relatively mid elevation (therefore cooler) central region of Laikipia.

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For example we lucked upon a Zebra that was thoroughly picked through by vultures.  The skin hanging around the bones made it look like a deflated balloon.

During one of our excursions we lucked upon a Zebra that was thoroughly picked through by vultures. The skin hanging around the bones made it look like a deflated balloon.

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At one point in time this was a goat. A little bit closer to the present than that it was a leopard's meal that he decided to leave up in his perch.

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But we saw much more life to going about doing its living than death. Though I did get to know the bones of all the major species very well (it was on the exam after all)

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One of my favorite pictures. Literally everywhere lay in wait one of dozens of species of acacia. These spikes are often several inches long.

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Though during this first part of the trip though we didn't see many lions, they were always a possibility..

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While this was taken later in the North in the desert, it was an unfamiliar though readily recognized warning. We re-routed and ended our excursions early that day.

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And while I called my tent home for the majority of the trip, while traveling we need meet some modern facilities.

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And during those short stops at the oasis learned the true value of the phrase "It's Time for a Tusker." Few other times I've had as good of a brew.

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And to close this first part of my little adventure, a bewildered picture of myself after a dust swept time at the back of the infamous uni-mog (for those few souls that have the pleasure of riding dusty roads in an open lorrie).

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Within the next while I will write up and put together Part 2 of my adventure with the Koobi Fora Field School.  If I already have you will see a link HERE.

Thanks for reading :)

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Responses

  1. […] If you would like to see some of the work our partner KFFS does and the area that the IECF works in check out the link here at Kenya ’06 – Camping with the Koobi Fora Field School, Part 1 […]


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