On Winter






Winter-the very word is chilling, austere;

And yet in the tangle of icicles, snow, sleet

The heart beats with such strength as to overwhelm.

We all know that Spring renews life

But without the death that is winter

there is no life to renew.

To reach the very core of one’s being is

to love winter – to exalt in the

clear, cold frosty nights and

the bright, sunny January days.

I never realized how much I love cold weather—

Until now.




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South Africa trip-part 4 Victoria Falls

Everything flies in and out of Johannesburg, so we left there to fly to Victoria Falls which is in Zimbabwe-a small country which borders South Africa.  Our next destination was to Botswana which borders both Zimbabwe and South Africa.  The Chobe National Park was there and we had land safaris as well as river excursions planned.

SONY DSCSONY DSC There were hippos galore. It is hard to believe that on land they can run up to
30 MPH for short distances.  They travel
on land at night as they are very sensitive
to the sun.



This was a HUGE one.  His tail was
even longer than his body.





This was a safer rhino at Victoria Falls where the shopping was abundant.




SONY DSC The falls were very impressive.  As it has been dry the
volume of water coming over them was not as much
as usual.  They were very long in width as well as
tall in height.








SONY DSCWe left after 16 days to return.  We had 8 flights-a few too many-too much time in lines and all the aggravation that airports inspire.


Would I go back?? You betcha’

I hope you have enjoyed this series depicting this magnificent trip.  I am much richer for experiencing it…………..Judy

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South Africa trip-part 3 (Johannesburg)

Joberg (as everyone calls it) is the largest city in South Africa.  Cape Town is the second largest.                                              SONY DSC  We were in Joberg on a day that was a national holiday and the line of people shown here were waiting to get into the Mandela house in Soweto.  Mandela was everything to the South Africans and there are many things to honor him.  This was one of the homes he had lived in.

We had lunch at a local restaurant and the entertainment afterwards also found lots of children hoping that we would be gracious.  We were!

SONY DSCWe saw children on school excursions and they were always very polite and well behaved and happy.  We didn’t see much squabbling or misbehavior.

SONY DSCWe were treated with respect and kindness in all aspects of this trip.  I was very impressed with the people of this country.  They were friendly and kind.  If one were to go out at night alone, that would not be recommended; but during the day in safe areas there was no danger.SONY DSC                          This darling little girl just loved posing for the camera!

My next post will go to Victoria Falls.  I just love reliving my wonderful trip.



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South Africa safari trips

at the Hluhluwe Game Preserve

at the Hluhluwe Game Preserve

The safari trips were the highlights of the trip to South Africa.  The first one we did at the Hluhluwe Game Preserve which is near Durbin.

This is a place which protects the black rhinos which were near extinction.  There still is rhino poaching going on but this reserve fights it fiercely.  All of our safari guides were local people and very knowledgeable about the animals and their habits.  It was a real learning experience.

adult rhino
The rides were quite early and then again later in the day and they were over rough terrain.

We also had a river boat excursion at the St. Lucia Estuary near Durbin and saw our first giraffes and some zebras, too. The grace and beauty of these large animals was breathtaking.

grown up giraffe

giraffes and zebras

there may have been some necking going on!


We traveled to Zimbawe and Botswana where we had excursions on the Chobe Rive and the Zambezi River. We also visited Victoria Falls.  I will include some photos from Zimbawe and Botswana and will show shots of Victoria Falls in my next blog post.


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South Africa

I went to South Africa in September.  It was quite an adventure.  September in Africa is the spring season and is generally dry.  Well, not for us-we were in the midst of a late winter storm that dumped a lot of rain in the Cape Town area.  But intrepid travellers that we were-we adjusted !!


Pictured here is the iconic Table Mountain.


and this is a photograph from the top of Table Mountain.

Cape Town and the cape peninsula were so very beautiful in the rain that I have to wonder how much better it could have been.  We did experience fog and visibility issues but there is not much one can do about these things and our group “rolled with the punches”.  I was so very impressed with the cleanliness and the modern amenities that Cape Town offered.  In my opinion, although apartheid was discontinued just 20 years ago, racial compatability has advanced far beyond what we experience in the US.

For this blog post, I will concentrate on Cape Town and environs and in later posts will introduce you to other parts of this amazing country and continent.

A highlight was going to the Cape of Good Hope and seeing the southernmost tip of Africa and knowing this is where Magellan and other explorers rounded the cape in their adventures and also where many ships were lost at sea.SONY DSC

I was taken with the botanical specimens and also, of course, the wildlife that we saw.SONY DSC

I hope you enjoy these pictures and I will post more soon about “the rest of the story”.SONY DSC


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