When I travel I like to bring one or two books to read on my trip. As is tradition, when finished I leave them at the camp I am staying at and if I need more reading material exchange it for another book in the camp library.
I was fortunate that just before I left my good friend and fellow Explorers and Adventurers’ Club member David Dolan gave me a book to take along on my journey. The book was “Into Africa” by NY Times Best Selling Author Martin Dugard.
This well researched book traces the amazing journeys of Livingstone and Stanley and Stanley’s epic journeys (yes he tried more than once) to find the missing legendary explorer Dr. David Livingstone. His experience changed him from a ne’er do well journalistic failure into an epic explorer. Africa does have a profound affect on people.
Besides being an outstanding book I loved reading it because it kept describing places that I was visiting. And you begin to realize that over a century ago the places we were going were being discovered by the west for the first time. I left the book in Malawi just before heading to Victoria Falls.
At the falls there is a great statute of Dr. Livingstone. As I looked up at this great explorer who not only explored and discovered amazing places but fought against slavery in the area, I quietly uttered beneath my breath – “Dr. Livingstone I presume?”