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Amazing visit with the mountain gorillas of Uganda

Lee and I are 2 of the 3 Americans (out of 21 total) on our tour; the other American is a 65 year old man from Long Island who is the oldest on the tour

Lee and I are 2 of the 3 Americans (out of 21 total) on our tour; the other American is a 65 year old man from Long Island who is the oldest on the tour

The 2 year old baby was adorable; Kisoro is in the very SW corner of Uganda, next to the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The 2 year old baby was adorable; Kisoro is in the very SW corner of Uganda, next to the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The gorillas build nests on the ground to sleep in with a new nest every night; these gorillas can't live in captivity so there are none in zoos

The gorillas build nests on the ground to sleep in with a new nest every night; these gorillas can't live in captivity so there are none in zoos

The 2 year old walked right beside me where I could have bent down and easily touched him but he didn't even glance up; just totally ignored us

The 2 year old walked right beside me where I could have bent down and easily touched him but he didn't even glance up; just totally ignored us

We passed terraced fields on mountainous terrain en route to Kisoro which reminded me of the Philippines and Vietnam; subsistence farming with small plots of land created a photogenic patchwork

We passed terraced fields on mountainous terrain en route to Kisoro which reminded me of the Philippines and Vietnam; subsistence farming with small plots of land created a photogenic patchwork

The gorillas have no natural predators in the park; elephants and buffalo inhabit the park too but we didn't see them (did see lots of buffalo poo though)

The gorillas have no natural predators in the park; elephants and buffalo inhabit the park too but we didn't see them (did see lots of buffalo poo though)

This juvenile was nursing; the gorillas reminded me so much of Planet of the Apes and how similar we are to them

This juvenile was nursing; the gorillas reminded me so much of Planet of the Apes and how similar we are to them

This is a typical streetside market scene; I could find Coke but less often Coke Zero since there were few supermarkets but, more typically, minimarts with a very limited selection

This is a typical streetside market scene; I could find Coke but less often Coke Zero since there were few supermarkets but, more typically, minimarts with a very limited selection

The gorillas stayed on the ground unlike chimps and monkeys; they rolled around a great deal and didn't move from their location for the hour we were there

The gorillas stayed on the ground unlike chimps and monkeys; they rolled around a great deal and didn't move from their location for the hour we were there

We each paid $15 to hire a porter to carry our bags and help us with the steep up and downhill stretches; mine spoke limited English but some were quite fluent

We each paid $15 to hire a porter to carry our bags and help us with the steep up and downhill stretches; mine spoke limited English but some were quite fluent

Silverback gorillas are 5.5-6 ft tall and weigh as much as 350 lbs though they tend to be quite gentle and shy; they are very hairy (the hairiest of all gorilla species) with hair that is long and thick, which helps to insulate them at high elevations

Silverback gorillas are 5.5-6 ft tall and weigh as much as 350 lbs though they tend to be quite gentle and shy; they are very hairy (the hairiest of all gorilla species) with hair that is long and thick, which helps to insulate them at high elevations

African giant earthworm; it averages about 1.4 m (4.5 ft) in length, but can reach a length of as much as 6.7 m (22 ft) and can weigh over 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)

African giant earthworm; it averages about 1.4 m (4.5 ft) in length, but can reach a length of as much as 6.7 m (22 ft) and can weigh over 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)

The permit to see the gorillas is $600 in Uganda versus $1500 in Rwanda; the permit price was increased in Rwanda to bring in high end visitors but many tour companies have folded

The permit to see the gorillas is $600 in Uganda versus $1500 in Rwanda; the permit price was increased in Rwanda to bring in high end visitors but many tour companies have folded

We never saw Ugandans smoking; few had cars with most walking everywhere; the small towns had central water pumps that everyone visited with empty cooking oil containers to collect water

We never saw Ugandans smoking; few had cars with most walking everywhere; the small towns had central water pumps that everyone visited with empty cooking oil containers to collect water

Mount Muhabura, looming over Kisoro, is an extinct volcano on the border between Rwanda and Uganda; at 4,127 m (13,540 ft) Muhabura is the third highest of the eight major mountains in this range

Mount Muhabura, looming over Kisoro, is an extinct volcano on the border between Rwanda and Uganda; at 4,127 m (13,540 ft) Muhabura is the third highest of the eight major mountains in this range

Throughout Uganda we saw many churches and mosques; most businesses were closed on Sundays and I could find nowhere to buy a postcard

Throughout Uganda we saw many churches and mosques; most businesses were closed on Sundays and I could find nowhere to buy a postcard

On the other side of the park is a family of 18 that just added a one week old baby; it takes 2-3 years to habituate a family of gorillas to where they don't flee when humans are around

On the other side of the park is a family of 18 that just added a one week old baby; it takes 2-3 years to habituate a family of gorillas to where they don't flee when humans are around

My fellow travelers were mystified by continuing US support for Trump; they couldn't understand US gun laws and the obscene amounts of money poured into elections

My fellow travelers were mystified by continuing US support for Trump; they couldn't understand US gun laws and the obscene amounts of money poured into elections

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