June 15, 2008: at Camp Moremi in Botswana

I thought it would be cool to travel as far away from Washington, D.C., as humanly possible. After resigning from my position with the Washington Wizards in May 2008, I negotiated a period of six weeks off before starting my job with my next employer. During this “mini-retirement,” I decided to fulfill a personal dream (those are important, too) to travel to Africa to do a safari.

My solo adventure began with a 14-hour plane ride from Washington, D.C., to Johannesburg, South Africa. Then, I took two ...

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