Captain’s Log-19 October 2014-Back Home Again

Cher, on the ramp, under the tail of the plane while we take off another patient and wait for Lary to return from Kajjansi.

Cher, on the ramp, under the tail of the plane while we take off another patient and wait for Lary to return from Kajjansi.  New crutches at her side.

For as short a time as we have lived in Nyankunde we are wonderfully at home here.   After Cher’s surgery and recovery, we were able to fly back from Nairobi in our Cessna Caravan on the 6th and changing planes in a pony express manner at Entebbe airport, we flew on to Bunia and then home to Nyankunde where we were greeted by our wonderful national staff with signs and flowers.

Cher in Aga Khan hospital with a visitor.  Female Jackson's chameleon.  Most husbands would bring their brides flowers in the hospital.  This got more a of a reaction from the nursing staff.

Cher in Aga Khan hospital with a visitor. Female Jackson’s chameleon. Most husbands would bring their brides flowers in the hospital. This got more a of a reaction from the nursing staff.

Actually, when I say, pony express manner, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. We had to unload a serious medevac patient and wait for Lary Strietzel to fly our plane over to Kajjansi for maintenance, wait for him to return by car and then load Cher and other passengers in the other Caravan before we could go.

Raeleigh at riding with Kes Smith always helpful instruction.

Raeleigh at riding with Kes Smith always helpful instruction.  Raeleigh took a first in jumping this week!

While Cher was initially recovering we stayed with our son Josh and his wife Audra and the two grandkids. I was able to go riding with Raeleigh and take walks with Gabe and Josh along the park boundary. It is great to have adrenaline course through your body as you follow on lion and buffalo spoor.

I finally got some of the boys to believe me that not all of the snake was poisonous and they could touch it.

I finally got some of the boys to believe me that not all of the snake was poisonous and they could touch it.

When we got home we found all well at the house with Bob the African grey, and the dogs and frogs. Our house sitters had been visited by 4 snakes in the house while we were not there. We hate missing that fun. Hearing that they were mostly night adders, we have not been walking around in the dark so much of late. We like snakes for the most part but like to see them first and choose our encounters. We have found a few more since then but all non-poisonous, which is better.   Out walking yesterday I came across some boys who had killed a very long Jameson’s Mamba, a very beautiful tree snake, able to kill you with a bite…or a fright.

Jameson's Mamba. beautiful yellow neck and belly.  Not lots known about the venom but like other mambas it is neurotoxic,, possibly cardiotoxic

Jameson’s Mamba. beautiful yellow neck and belly. Not lots known about the venom but like other mambas it is neurotoxic, possibly cardiotoxic

Cher is crutching around. It is good to see her up again and we praise God together for that. We have felt a closeness on our return that is a joy. It is good to be back and flying again. I have had some amazing flights of natural beauty and awesome grandeur that have really put a smile on my face. I can trade bush flying for bedpans when it is time for that, but my, I do love my job!

Over 5 feet of snake of the poison variety

Over 5 feet of snake of the poison variety

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10 Responses to Captain’s Log-19 October 2014-Back Home Again

  1. danieleboone06@yahoo.com says:

    So glad to see you guys back online again I love reading your texts and your blogs you’re just awesome I don’t know how you deal with some of the things you do i’m so glad you’re feeling better Cher . Hang in there you guys

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Norm and Terri James says:

    Jon — Terri James (Cher’s cousin) here — our boy, Eugene (12) loves the time we spend in Africa — showed him your pictures from your blog — he carries around baby Jackson’s Chameleons when we’re in Cameroon — we enjoyed the pics of the snakes — where we go, people believe the Chameleons and Praying Mantis are poisonous! Give Cher my greetings! Hope she recovers quickly! Terri

  3. scanfie says:

    Jon: I really enjoy your blog. You and Cher are always in our prayers.

  4. Rosmarie Ruf says:

    Hi Jon and Cher welcome back home. good to know that Cher is on her way to recover.

  5. Rob Fynn says:

    So love getting these, Captain = but not sure if you ever getmy replies =nwld you let me know

    on Neens computer ih france = lovelyto be with them

    Mre news later when I knopw You get it

    xxx

  6. Dianna G. says:

    So glad to hear that Cher is on the mend! Many have been praying. Thanks for the update.

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