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DJ is David McLean's eldest grandson, so it stands to cause that he be the single to scatter his liked grandfather's ashes. at the least that is how DJ sees it. he is regularly been the easiest at everything—sports, college, taking care of his fatherless family—so hiking Kilimanjaro is simply one other factor he will accomplish nearly without problems. Or so he thinks, until eventually he arrives in Tanzania and every little thing begins to head improper. he is detained at immigration, he will get robbed, his mountaineering staff contains an previous woman and he will get caught with the 1st ever woman porter. compelled to head polepole (slowly), DJ reveals out the difficult method that adolescence, health point and force don't have anything to do with good fortune at the mountain—or in life.
   DJ's adventures begin in Jungle Land, a part of The Seven Prequels and proceed in Sleeper, a part of The Seven Sequels.

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In many ways they’re either right. even though, all of us percentage an identical beginnings. We began with one mom and father—one Adam and Eve—even if via evolution. i do know I’ve instructed you a few of my stories from my time in Africa. I flew varieties of small planes up and down the entire of East Africa. these have been instances of experience, abandon and pleasure. It used to be the place my soul used to be healed after the horror of warfare, the place I grew to become in a position to reside and love back and pass on with existence. Ashes to ashes, airborne dirt and dust to dust—those phrases have been stated at my funeral. i feel them. DJ, this is my request. i need a few of my ashes again to the place all of it all started for mankind, but additionally the place my existence all started again—to Africa, to the Rift Valley. i need you to visit Tanzania and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. a few of my ashes were positioned in my strolling cane. if you achieve the head, scatter my ashes within the wind if you want to be blown in the course of the valley and that i can once more be reunited with my ancestors. With my nice thank you, and nice love, Grandpa P. S. Say hi to Elijah for me—he could be there to fulfill you on the airport, look after you and make the entire preparations to your trek up the mountain. He desires me to climb a mountain to unfold his ashes? i may not often think what I’d simply learn. I seemed clear of the envelope. Africa…I used to be going to Africa…to Tanzania to climb a mountain. I nearly felt too shocked to imagine. yet i wished to. I did a short calculation in my head. My final examination used to be in 3 days. i might be beginning soccer camp in August—on an entire scholarship. Grandpa have been so proud. so long as I left right now, I’d have lots of time to do that. finally, how lengthy may perhaps it potentially take to climb a mountain? 4 “Don’t fear, you’ll capture your flight,” my mom stated. “I’m now not worried,” I spoke back. “It’s simply that for foreign flights I’m alleged to be there 3 hours early. ” “We’ll be there virtually 3 hours early. ” “What if there’s an enormous traffic congestion or we get a flat tire or—? ” “The roads are transparent, and if we wanted to, we’d repair the tire. ” I sat again and attempted to chill. in spite of this, I’d simply be actually comfy whilst i used to be at the airplane coming again domestic, the wheels touching the floor and my activity accomplished. it is going to take not more than seven or 8 sleeps. That made me sound like a child, yet that’s how I constantly counted being clear of domestic. “It’s going to be unusual with either you and your brother long past. I’m going to be nervous. ” “There’s not anything to be fearful about,” I provided. “Remember, Steve is simply going to Spain. ” “So I could be fearful approximately you and that mountain? ” she requested. “You don’t must be anxious approximately both people. It’s going to be a simple task. ” “Climbing a mountain is infrequently a stroll within the park,” she stated. “No, truly it's. Kilimanjaro is in a countrywide park. How risky can a park be? ” I joked. She didn’t chortle, so evidently she didn’t imagine my little comic story used to be humorous. “Steve leaves quickly, correct? ” “The day once you. ” My mom chuckled. “Your brother jogs my memory rather a lot of your grandpa.

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