To paraphrase the great philosopher-president George W. Bush: fool me once, shame on you; fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again. Take note, Hertz. January 2016: Hertz charged us an administrative fee for a supposed moving violation in South Africa. To this day we haven’t seen a citation from the local authorities. I … Continue reading Hertz, fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again
For the sake of completeness, I’ll report that we returned safely to Phoenix yesterday morning. My mom met us at the security checkpoint, and our bags were already at the carousel when we got there. We arrived home in time for a quick lunch and a shower and made it to the last Mass at … Continue reading Home in time for a quick lunch and a shower
I’m at the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport in the boarding area for the flight back to Phoenix. After an exhausting flight from Johannesburg, at this point we’re roughly three-quarters of the way home. The formalities in Atlanta were tolerable. The low point, as usual, was the TSA checkpoint. For the second time this trip, it was … Continue reading Passing through Atlanta Hartsfield en route home
This is not our flight, nor even our airline. However, it is at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, where we’re waiting for our very long flight back to the United States. We should begin boarding in about a half-hour. Expect radio silence at least until Sunday morning, Atlanta time.
Yesterday we ventured about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg to visit the Maropeng Visitor Center, part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site where some of the earliest human remains have been discovered. The visitor center tells the story of the evolution of human beings through interpretive and interactive displays, a short indoor boat … Continue reading Maropeng Visitor Center, the Cradle of Humankind
Yesterday was a relatively relaxing day here in Johannesburg. Around mid-morning Kathryn and I ventured out to get me a haircut and shave. I had gotten a haircut shortly before leaving for South Africa, but three weeks of normal hair growth, combined with a bit too much hair left in front, had left me unhappy … Continue reading A trip to the barber shop in Johannesburg
Yesterday we made the drive back to Johannesburg from the Lower Sabie camp in Kruger National Park. We had entered the park at Orpen Gate but left via Crocodile Gate, near the southern end of the park, not far from the border of Mozambique. It took us nearly an hour to get out of the … Continue reading The drive back to Johannesburg from Kruger National Park
It’s Monday morning in Kruger National Park, our last morning here. In a couple hours we’ll be on the road back to Johannesburg, although we’ll be going by a different route. I’m drinking my morning coffee with my back to the wall because I’ve already seen a baboon roaming around. There are workers whose job … Continue reading Avoiding a baboon in Kruger National Park
It’s Sunday morning here in Kruger National Park, and I’m enjoying my coffee to the sound and smell of a light rain. Bats seem to like the thatch roofs of our current chalettes, so the other smell is bat excrement. I’m slowly getting used to it. We knew it was going to be hard to … Continue reading Light rain and morning coffee in Kruger National Park
We’ve just left the camp — we’re so close we still have a mobile phone signal — and we’ve already spotted two hyenas feasting on a zebra carcass. It’s going to be a good day, I think.
I’ll keep my morning coffee post somewhat short this morning. I woke up earlier than usual, and I was rewarded with twilight over the Sabie River. The skies are still overcast, for which I am grateful, but I’m not expecting to see a full-blown sunrise. I can hear the distinctive grunts of the hippopotamuses as … Continue reading Morning coffee and twilight over the Sabie River
This is our third day in Kruger National Park, and somehow each new day surpasses the last. Today we traveled from Satara to a camp further south, about a seven-hour drive including breaks and wildlife stops. The weather was considerably cooler than the last three days, and with overcast skies we could mostly forego the … Continue reading Each new day surpasses the last in Kruger National Park
I’m up early having a coffee outdoors on this second morning in Kruger National Park. There’s a slight wind, and it’s a lot cooler than when we went to bed last night. It looks like some sort of dust storm blew through here overnight. There’s a thick layer of dust all over our dining area. … Continue reading Overnight dust storm