Finally Back to Yabassi
by Mike Loomis
June 21, 2012
After a four-hour hike out of our basecamp in the Ebo Reserve this morning, we met our vehicles and headed out for Yabassi. We traveled the area's single lane road for awhile, and then came upon a construction site. It turns out that a work crew was replacing a culvert pipe and had therefore closed the road down. Since there was no other route out of the area, we ended up waiting two and one-half hours for the crew to repair enough of the road so that we could get past the site.
We finally arrived in Yabassi about 6:00pm local time; our plan is to stay here tonight and then return to Limbe on Friday morning. Depending on the traffic in Douala, this part of the trip will take between four and eight hours.
As soon as we arrive in Douala, we'll meet at the World Wildlife Fund offices and begin planning our return to the forest. I suspect we will try to leave Limbe next week, probably on Wednesday, 27 June. While at the WWF office, I'll also write up field notes and organize photos from this first part of the trip; I'll be sure to share all of these materials on FieldTripEarth when they are ready.
About the author:
Dr. Mike Loomis is Chief Veterinarian at the North Carolina
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