On the coast of Tanzania.
The float plane is late. The mosquitos, thirsty.
Barlow’s canteen holds something stronger than water. He's not keen to reveal where he's been, though he boasts of discovering a small deposit of taaffeite on his expedition.
Could be the whiskey talking.
In either case, he’s not inclined to share.
And in any case, my needs are simple: a ride back to Kilimanjaro, a good meal, a comfortable bed.
What I don’t lack is a sturdy pair of shorts that pull their weight. If Barlow asks where I got them, perhaps we could broker an exchange.
Surplus Shorts (No. 6585). Our classic take on a military chino short is crafted from a premium vintage-feel cotton-satin fabric. Sturdy, comfortable. Fashioned with double-needle construction, as well as patch and flap pockets for stashing backcountry essentials. Back welt pockets. Hollywood waistband. Washed for vintage look and feel. 9” inseam. Hits just above the knee. Imported.