Another great pic and memory from the past. Our second Scouting mission trip to Tanzania in 2006 was the occasion for this closeup of a small pride of lions. That trip was the last hurrah for Crew 699; Amber was already 21 and Nikki had graduated from high school, and I had been reassigned to a different congregation. (As happens sometimes, everybody ages out at the same time.) Deanne went along -- her first overseas trip -- just to keep the promise to the Venturers. Ten days after our return, I left Tanner Valley UMC and started as the pastor at Ellettsville First UMC.
Yeah, we were that close to those lions. In the wild. No fences, just a Land Rover and an experienced Park guide.
Mikumi National Park, Tanzania