Update May 2014

Yep it's a real cheetah, she was much more interested in the meat then me.

Yep it’s a real cheetah, she was much more interested in the meat then me.

Hello Friends!

Putting up a quick update on what has been going on in Zambia the last two months since my last update.  Our flying has picked up considerably and so I have been flying all over Zambia, and it has been fun!  I also got a puppy and a kitten around the same time in hopes that they would keep each other company because I am away a lot.  The kitten worked out find, but the puppy was not house trained (though I was told it was) and I wasn’t around enough to be consistent in training it.  I have realized I need a good fenced yard in order to keep a dog well, thankfully my landlady, who is always home, loved the puppy more then I did and was happy to take it off my hands.  So now I just have the kitten, who is growing quickly, climbing the curtians, and attacking everything in sight.
I was excited to announce in my last letter that I had passed my maintenance exam, and while that is still the case, I still haven’t actually gotten the license.  I’m not exactly sure what all the reasons for the delay are, but right now they are delaying because they put the licenses in “booklets” and they are out of official covers for the booklet.  We don’t know how long it will take until the covers come in and are working to have it issued without the cover, but please be in prayer about that. I also finished my Cessna 210 transition, and have begun flying it and have been enjoying the 30kts faster speeds when I do.  🙂

SME (Share my Experience)

In this addition of SME I will be sharing about a vacation that I had the chance to take to the neighboring country of Namibia.  A few friends and I decided to take a bit of time and road trip through Namibia.  Namibia is south east of Zambia and has a strip of land that extends west and borders Zambia.  It was a German colony originally and is rich with amazing sights as well as diamonds.  We enjoyed nicely paved and well marked roads as well as considerably lower prices for fuel and food.  Namibia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.  It’s geography is varied and gorgeous.  We drove though bush country, rolling hillsides, mountains, countryside scattered with stones, and some of the most stunning desert in the world, all to finally meet the Atlantic Ocean.  Some of the highlights were petting a Cheetah, the “Giants Playground,” KolmanskopDead Vlei, and quad biking through the desert and then coming over the last dune and seeing the ocean open up before us.  Check out the pictures!

 

Well that’s all for now, but if you have any questions or comments please email me, I’ll be happy to answer them and give you even more information on what life is like here in Zambia!

God’s Blessings on you all,

 

Jonathan

The pictures have been slow to load, so keep checking back I’ll slowly be putting more on!

 

I made a new friend!

I made a new friend!

The closest thing I've seen to Starbucks in Africa!

The closest thing I’ve seen to Starbucks in Africa!

Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Capricorn

It's harder then it looks!

It’s harder then it looks!

Climbing!

Climbing!

I felt like I had gone so far, but I think I wasn't even half way up this dune...

I felt like I had gone so far, but I think I wasn’t even half way up this dune…

Soooo beautiful! Saw the sunrise here.

Soooo beautiful! Saw the sunrise here.

I love the panoramas!

I love the panoramas!

Thankful for my truck which can take the rugged terrain!

Thankful for my truck which can take the rugged terrain!

Can you see the seals out on the rock?

Can you see the seals out on the rock?

This water was super clear but super salty just a mile or so from the ocean.

This water was super clear but super salty just a mile or so from the ocean.

I think it's the law of Entropy?

I think it’s the law of Entropy?

Just doing a little sun bathing.  :-)

Just doing a little sun bathing. 🙂

Good luck flushing that one!

Good luck flushing that one!

Now that's a sandbox!

Now that’s a sandbox!

This is what happens when you build a state of the art town in the middle of a desert… it gets abandoned.

This is what happens when you build a state of the art town in the middle of a desert… it gets abandoned.

Called the Giants playground, but I think it should be renamed God's playground.

Called the Giants playground, but I think it should be renamed God’s playground.

Meerkats are cool.

Meerkats are cool.

Panorama of the quiver trees.

Panorama of the quiver trees.

Lovely sunset in the Quiver tree forest.

Lovely sunset in the Quiver tree forest.