Its almost time. I have been looking forward to this trip for a while now. And now it only a few short days, a looooonnnngggg flight and then we are there man. I am most nervous about the flight. Not because I don’t like flying or because I am scared of heights or anything like but because of the fact that I am 6’8″ and planes are not made for me. The exit row is my friend. But I feel have a better chance at finding Bin Ladin (I couldn’t think of a better comparison. And yes I know that Bin Ladin is dead. USA USA USA!) than getting a good seat. But if I do I will be more excited than this kid.
A few years ago I got hooked on the TV show Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls. I loved the adventures he goes on and I love his name. (Seriously, how sweet is the name Bear?) Ever since then I wanted to be an outdoorsman. This is one reason I think that I was drawn to the allure of Backpack Journalism. When I saw the flyer for this program, I immediately thought of Bear and I running through the wilderness, making campfires, fishing with shoelaces and just generally being awesome. So I was hooked from the beginning.
However, after I found out more about the program and how it wouldn’t be what my mind initially though of, but rather an experience of the peoples of a poor, developing country, I became more hooked. Every person, at least I hope so, has a basic human need to help others. And even though we won’t really be providing that much help to the people of Africa, we will be opening some peoples eyes to what is really going on.
We have had a number of meetings and we had a pizza party last night, so we have gotten to know each other somewhat well. But I have more than a feeling that we will get to know each other a lot better over the next couple of weeks. I hope that everyone will accept me for my strange and slightly odd self. Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading my blog for the next month or so as much as I will enjoy writing it. And in the words of Toto, lets all bless the rains down in Africa.
Matthew W. Dorwart