Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Before the Journey Begins

Hi Friends and Family,

I am about to start on a journey to the land of the Maasai in  Kenya. this region is also the cradle of humanity. I will be living with the Maasai and documenting my experiences on this blog. I want to introduce you to this blog before I leave so you bookmark it and so I have the ball  rolling before I get there. My journey begins on November 1st. and the first posts from Kenya should follow soon after.

Now that you have reference to this blog, feel free to visit it and view updates to this journey. I will be sharing photos, videos and my thoughts on what I am experiencing in a part of the world unfamiliar and probably strange and/or exciting to many of you.

I have little to share with you at this time. But I can introduce you to the Maasai association and it's work to help the Maasai people in humanitarian and relief work aimed at building schools, water systems, providing academic scholarship to disadvantaged children, and supporting sustainable economic development projects in the Maasai region.

This is a great introduction to the people and the region I will be living in.  I'll let the association share themselves with you by referring to their website: http://www.maasai-association.org/

Gene Dreyer


  1. The term "cradle of civilization" is problematic as current thinking is that there was no single "cradle", but several civilizations that developed independently, of which the Near Eastern Neolithic was the first. The extent to which there was significant influence between the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent and those of East Asia is disputed. Scholars accept that the civilizations of Norte Chico in present-day Peru and that of Mesoamerica emerged independently from those in Eurasia.

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    2. Oh, I used the phrase cradle of humanity and not cradle of civilization. The reason I used the term cradle of humanity is because the genotyping of humanity starts in Kenya. Thanks or your comment though. I had to ponder that one before i used it. I almost slipped into using the term cradle of civilization though.

  2. Without much doubt, Lacey is the grave of civilization. So you are exponentially better off going to Kenya. Cannot wait to see and read your postings.

  3. I'm hoping you get to go to the Olduvai Gorge on your journey. It's on my bucket list. I will be following you avidly.

  4. My journey never go off the ground Thursday. I was at the airport for several hours but things did not happened as planned. We are going to try getting up in the air next Thursday now. This week I can relax and recuperate from my packing marathon. And maybe, get those things done which I was not able to do before I left the other day. Even though I am still in Olympia, I am also, still on my journey. I'll probably be living out of my luggage for this week. Or some sort of simple version of my life here. Thursday was just the adventuresome beginning, of my now, week long departure. That's the thing about taking trips, one can meet all sorts of escapades on any stage of one's journey.

  5. Going to the airport today. Next post will be from Amsterdam or Kenya