That little break in blogging was brought to you by a few day long power outage at our Rondoval. Which was brought to you by an incredibly powerful thunderstorm that charred a big tree approximately 15 ft from our house. Whew! Close one. No worries though, we now have a Fire Safety Plan in case of lightning on the thatched roof. We have a safe place and we all know where it is. I think my first grade teacher, Mrs. Parker, would be very proud of this. 

There is a lot to catch you all up on, and I plan on spending a good part of the weekend doing so. School awards, movie outing, weekend pics of the kids, pictures of our house, and so on. So stay tuned! For now there a more Namibia pictures to be shared :)

**WARNING** There are pictures of bare chested women to follow.

After the coast, we headed to a very cool campsite. Friends of ours at GGA woke up to a herd of elephants (!) all around them at this exact campsite within the last year. And the crazy part?? We slept outside. It was beautiful country, but unfortunately the elephants weren’t wanting to play with me. We did some hiking, a lot of reading/relaxing, and just hung out. Very relaxing.

The campsite from above. Check out those bolders!

The best part by far was the outdoor shower. The water was warm and you could see across the land forever.

I took this picture as soon as I woke up from my sleeping bag. Nice view to wake up to!

I liked this tree on a hike.

After we left the campsite we headed into a village called Opuwo. You really sense the  entrepreneurial spirit of the people!

This seems like a good business plan.

Get your “hair’s” did.

The really cool thing about Opuwo is the two people groups that live there. The Himba people are nomadic cattle and goat farmers. Because the area is so remote, much of their culture has been preserved. They wear traditional skins and cover their skin and hair in mud for protection from the sun. Also, the women do not cover their breasts. This is perfectly acceptable in most of southern Africa, because the breasts are not sexualized like they are in the West. They are simply utilitarian for feeding babies.

Then, on the same street, are the Herero people. They are closely related to the Himba culturally, yet their appearances are almost the exact opposite! They appear very “modest” and formal.

Both groups have found a way to maintain their culture while embracing local tourism. When you take a picture of either group, you are expected to pay them for it. I had really mixed feelings about the whole experience. It feels exploitative, yet it does allow their lives to continue in their traditions and earn income. It is hard to say something is totally bad if it feeds mouths. You know?

Here is Heather with a little Himba baby.

From Opuwo we are headed to Epupa Falls, one of my favorite stops on the trip!