Kilimanjaro: Team Gathers in Arusha, Tanzania

Posted by: Casey Grom | September 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello everyone,
RMI’s Kilimanjaro expedition is underway.
The team members arrived late last night after some very long flights, two back to back 9 hour legs to be precise. Needless to say we didn’t do much other than check into our hotel and head to bed.
We started today off with a team meeting/orientation to the program and gear check. After getting to know one another a bit we explored the beautiful grounds of the Dik Dik Hotel, which was teaming with monkeys and exotic birds and some views of the surrounding mountains.
The team had a nice lunch then headed off to visit the nearest town of Arusha, a bustling city of about 1.2 million people. Its a diverse culture made up of Christians, Muslims and local tribes people from the Chagga and Masai.
We had a quick stop off at the local grocery store called Shop Rite to pick up a few last snacks, then visited the local cultural museum. We also picked up a few umbrellas to protect us from any rain that might try and dampen our spirits on tomorrows trek.
Last but not least we finished up the night with a delicious five course meal that left everyone with a smile on their face.
Just a few last minute touches on packing and its off to bed.
Everyone is doing great and we are very excited for tomorrow’s start to this grand adventure.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

RMI Team Dinner at the Dik DIk Hotel, Arusha Tanzania.  Photo: Casey Grom Relaxing near the pool at the Dik Dik Hotel. The beautiful bungalows of the Dik Dik Hotel.

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Megan & Wes .. Here’s to the best honey moon on record .. Love you both .. Looking forward to hearing all about it .. XOXO Earl & Quata Wolf

Posted by: Earl Wolf on 9/20/2012 at 4:38 pm

Ben,
Hope you guys are having a great time and doing well. Be safe and have a blast!  We are thinking of you. Morgan said not to look down!!

Posted by: Mindy on 9/20/2012 at 3:39 pm

Megan & Wes,

Hope you guys are having an awesome time!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Love you guys!!

-Erin

Posted by: Erin Rodriguez on 9/20/2012 at 6:47 am

Hey Megan and Wes,  Have a safe and wonderful trip. Can’t wait to hear all the stories.  Love & hugs to you both.

Posted by: Juli Erickson on 9/19/2012 at 3:12 pm

Ken & Leeza, spotted you guys at the team dinner table, you both look enthused and happy - yay - thinking of you!

Posted by: Diane Prigge on 9/19/2012 at 12:00 pm

GOOD LUCK Megan and Wes!  Be safe and have fun!!

Posted by: Diane on 9/18/2012 at 7:06 pm

Good luck to newlyweds Wes and Megan and the entire team! Sounds like things are going great. All the Mountains wish you great success and fun! XO

Posted by: Kelly Mountain on 9/18/2012 at 10:47 am

Good luck Ken and Leeza - and everyone on the team!  We will be thinking about you back in Seattle!

Posted by: Laura Sanford on 9/17/2012 at 8:47 pm

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