Safari Day 1 – Tour Truck and Tour Family

The Encounters Travel Tour shuttle seats twenty four – at the back of the shuttle are large lockers to store our luggage – the sides of the shuttle open up for the crew to whip up our lunches and sometimes dinners as we often stop by the side of the road to eat – we only have nine in our group so we get to spread out – five from Australia – three from the USA and one from the HK – while traveling we all enjoy playing cards specially Uno – what a fun bunch – each seat has two phone chargers too which is AWESOME !!!!

Safari Day 2 – Orange River

Our chalets on the Orange River – the river is responsible for the diamond deposits along the Namibian coast – over millions of years it transported diamonds from the volcanic pipes in South Africa to the sea – from there the currents took them northward and the surf deposited them into the dune fields of Namib – gorgeous sunrise and sunset

Safari Day 5 – Hiking Up Dune 45

There are miles and miles of sand dunes in Namibia – only dune 45 is open to the public for hiking – it is approximately 100 yards high – if you can imagine walking in sand with the wind whipping around you at a pretty good clip it is quite an accomplishment to reach the top – the first photo is at the bottom where you can see the pathway up becomes very narrow – the second is half way up and the third is at the top – I was a bit winded and it was more difficult then I expected – most turn around and don’t make it to the top

Safari Day 6 – The Bushmen – Swakopmund Namibia

We were joined by a local expert who passionately told us about the desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions – I need to read up on the Bushmen – an example of their logic he gave us was they never built a fire because of the chance the fire would get out of control so they taught their young to get used to the cold instead

What’s In It?

Every morning, I get up bright and early, stumble downstairs, and brew myself a fresh pot of coffee.  I then liberally coat the bottom of a coffee cup with powdery Coffeemate, so when I pour the coffee it automatically mixes with the Coffeemate and produces a hot, steaming concoction of caramel-colored goodness.  It tastes pretty good, too.

img_6278Coffee with Coffeemate in the morning is a matter of standard routine.  But today I thought — what’s in this powdery stuff, exactly?

The answer is written on the side of the container.  There’s corn syrup solids, hydrogenated vegetable oil (which, according to the label, might include “coconut and/or palm kernel and/or soybean,” just to keep you guessing), sodium caseinate (which the label helpfully discloses is a “milk derivative”), dipotassium phosphate (but fortunately, the label points out, “less than 2%” of that stuff), mono- and diglycerides, sodium aluminosilicate, artificial flavor, and “annatto color.”

Hmmmm . . . “sodium aluminosilicate”?  I suppose I at least should be happy that there is a “milk derivative,” and “corn syrup” and “vegetable oil” in there among the chemical compounds that Walter White probably lectured on in his high school chemistry class.

Is there value in these kinds of product labels?  I think so, especially if you’ve got allergies to certain foodstuffs and want to find out whether a particular product might provoke a reaction.  But labels that list a bunch of chemical compounds — a group which includes virtually every label these days — aren’t especially illuminating.  I’m not going to research “dipotassium phosphate.”  Instead, people tend to make judgments based on products they know.  Mom had Coffeemate, in both its liquid and powdery forms, around the house in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and I doubt that the formula has changed much over the years, so it seems like a safe option to me.

And that dipotassium phosphate and sodium aluminosilicate really hits the spot!