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Here is a couple of shots from my Saturday adventure into the middle of Gambia. Right now everything looks lush and pretty cause we are in the middle of the rainy season. We were told to try and make it back here in a few months so that we can see the difference as it is supposed to be shocking.

A little bit of a closer view of the houses and compounds that people in the countryside live in. Overall though, from what we saw is it is very clean, not at all like going into the villages and towns in Peru.

One of the small villages we passed on our way to see the stone circles.

People put rocks on top of the pillars after they make a wish. I did it too but I am not sharing my wish.

A view of some of the rock pillars or megaliths. There were tons of them and due to the porosity of the rocks as you can see, they have taken a beating over the years with weather and such.

This was our bulletproof suburban that just barely made it onto the ferry to go across early in the morning. They really don't waste any space and hte only reason we couldn't get closer was cause we would have hit the truck. I am sure that the back wheels were just barely on.

This is the circle of rocks that are pictured on the 50 dalasi note, not exactly this angle but oh well.

This is the start of the pedestrian traffic coming onto the ferry and you can see the cars still trying to get on.

This was on the ferry on the way home. Since we were the first ones on we got out and sat uptop so we could watch the loading of the ferry. First only a few selected people, obviously the people with connections get to go on (this includes pedestrian traffic) then after all the cars are on a whistle goes and then the people get to walk on.

This was our first nomadic herd encounter.

This is the thick of the pedestrian traffic coming on. I know can understand why and how ferry accidents happen when they are overloaded. They have no monitoring system for how many people get on and what they are carrying so they just keep filling it up until someone figures it is full enough. It is nuts.

This is one of the lizards that lives by our house. Every day at around the same time he climbs all five of the palm trees we have in front of our house. It is funny, cause he starts at one end and goes up the tree, bobs his head, comes down, and runs like hell to the next tree and then repeats till he gets to the end. Obviously he has met some obstacles in his days as he is in the process of growing back his tail.

This was a second nomadic herd encounter. There were many more but I didn't take any more photos.



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One of the small villages we passed on our way to see the stone circles.

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A little bit of a closer view of the houses and compounds that people in the countryside live in. Overall though, from what we saw is it is very clean, not at all like going into the villages and towns in Peru.

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A view of some of the rock pillars or megaliths. There were tons of them and due to the porosity of the rocks as you can see, they have taken a beating over the years with weather and such.

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This is the circle of rocks that are pictured on the 50 dalasi note, not exactly this angle but oh well.

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This was on the ferry on the way home. Since we were the first ones on we got out and sat uptop so we could watch the loading of the ferry. First only a few selected people, obviously the people with connections get to go on (this includes pedestrian traffic) then after all the cars are on a whistle goes and then the people get to walk on.

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This is the thick of the pedestrian traffic coming on. I know can understand why and how ferry accidents happen when they are overloaded. They have no monitoring system for how many people get on and what they are carrying so they just keep filling it up until someone figures it is full enough. It is nuts.

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This was our first nomadic herd encounter.

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This was a second nomadic herd encounter. There were many more but I didn't take any more photos.