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

Passing through Atlanta Hartsfield en route home

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

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

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

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

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

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