Steve is doing a bit of wash in front of our tent in our mobile camp in Botswana. Each couple has their own tent containing two cots with sheets and thick blankets to keep us warm during the chilly nights. The dark green canvas tents are about 10x10 foot square and tall enough to stand in and with large screened windows. An attached canopy extends from the front of the tent where we have two washbasins. There are paraffin lanterns that light the outside of each tent and other areas of the camp all night. There is no electricity in camp, so our headlamps become our most cherished piece of gear at night. Our personal latrine is attached to the back of the tent, entered by a private door in the tent. The latrine is about the same size as the tent, but only surrounded by six foot canvas walls. The toilet is a toilet-looking seat over a hole in the ground. We “flush” it by throwing a few shovelfuls of dirt from a pile of sand into the pit. At first it seems funky, but after a few uses is very comfortable, non-smelling, and convenient. By Debbie Thompson on July 28, 2008.