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dogs clean their feet by rubbing them on the ground to remove the scent from their paws and not to cover the droppings.

The lost art of finding our way, John Huth

Watched 'First man' with Miss Me and Nancy. So moving and powerful!

Need to step up on the AMC front. I'll be co-leading a couple backpacking trips and a few hikes over the next couple months. Can't wait to get that rolling this week!

Spent quite a chunk of this weekend also re-working my data storage solution. Moved all of my personal data from the Nextcloud install on Digital Ocean to my personal NextCloud box. Late last week I realised I was saving the data on the SD card and not on the connected external hard disk. Took me sometime to figure out how to point the default data location as the external drive. Nevertheless, got it to work finally. Was a pretty straight forward work around but should document this in detail sometime soon.

The NC Box is setup for the most part. I now need to figure out a backup solution for it. Will most probably tinker with Unison, Rclone over the next few weeks to sort this out.

Looks like we had a heavy pollen shower on Saturday. in Cochituate and Walden Pond with the Bhaskars. Totally mesmerized by the water in Walden pond! Reminded me of kayaking in the springs of Florida. One phenomenal weekend!

At the AMC trip planning meeting yesterday, felt like being in a war room. Everyone had their Maps and calendar out busily chalking out trip plans for Spring ad Summer. Been a while that I've done this. This is home!

Updated my home router DNS to Good riddance ISP sneaking!


Five years back, this day we moved to the U.S. Still remember that wonderful run in Owings mills! Time flies!

Drove about 3 hours to visit the source of the . Decided to head to the 'Source of the Nile' restaurant
on the west banks of the river instead of the more touristy 'Jinja' side. I think it was a pretty good decision! Beautiful views from the hill and refreshingly windy.

70% of water apparently originates from Lake Victoria - Which in turn is fed by several streams from various regions nearby and 30% from springs or elsewhere...Pretty surreal being there by the waters!

Drive after Lugazi was pretty straight forward and actually more enjoyable than the section between and Lugazi. Most of it was through the Mabira Forest which we went to [a few days back](

Tomorrow early AM, we head back to Boston. So glad we decided to 'close-out' this trip with the Nile visit!

Behind the Scenes

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Visited the Wildlife Education center in Entebbe. Incredible experience!

- Petted a Cheetah on her terms in a controlled wild environment. Followed the guide into the enclosure (the size of a football field) locking the door behind us. He alerted the two cheetahs, calling their names and slowly moved towards them. The two hid amidst the bushes. We approached them cautiously from one end to another. Probably the size of a football field. One continued playing while the other stretched out and lounged on the grass. The guide first approached and petted her and we followed suit. A few minutes later the guide asked us to walk out slowly - us first and he right behind us. Still inside the enclosure for about five to ten minutes, the guide continued answering our questions. The cats were minding their own business least worried about our presence. Eventually got out of the enclosure.

Never fathomed I'd be this close to wild animals...Insane experience. Subconsciously I did regulate my breathing with some deep breaths now and then...Looking back, there was no plan B!

Lions are the only cats that hunt in groups. The females hunt mostly for food. Males pitch in only when required and take care of the cubs when the females are out. Males get first dibs, followed by the cubs and only then the females get to eat. Alpha males become the leader of the pack. On some occasions, outcast lions tend to form a pack making them the strongest force in the forest. Quite similar to 'gangs' on the street. While hunting the alpha picks one particular prey and the rest in the pack get the cue and help corner it down. Rest of the non-chosen one's are NOT attacked even if they're an easy target. 

- Fed a Giraffe and learnt they're mostly silent! Their hearts are pretty big and weight about 10Kilos

- Met the insanely wise looking Shoebill! This one socializes by nodding its head downwards and 'clapping' with its beak!

- Met about 20 chimps and realised how insanely similar they were to Humans. One little one was using a long twig to fetch bananas from the stream. Could easily pass off for a human kid. No kidding!

about the Keystone Species! Reminded me about the Alabama Sturgeon and the introduction of wolves to save an ecosystem.