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Tanzania's government is hoping helicopters and planes will help put out a fire raging on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain at 19,443 feet.
Kilimanjaro. In seventh grade, the dream took shape. A geography teacher painted Africa’s tallest mountain, and the surrounding lands, in such tantalizing hues that young Nick Follger was entranced. He devoured books about the place. Years marched past. Adulthood, military service, family, career. And still, the mountain called.
Keith Slater celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Rainier. That was 20 years ago. He raised the bar by 5,000 feet for his 60th, and celebrated the summit feeling on Mount Kilimanjaro with his 15-year-old son, Buddy.
As I motored downtown Friday for a lunch interview with Moses Pulei (pronounced pu-lay), I wasn’t quite sure how well we would relate to each other. There is a bit of a cultural divide separating us, after all.