The upcoming itinerary for the next almost 500 day...Plus, an upcoming road trip in South Africa...Yesterday's unlikely visitor...

 
Aptly named Clive by Facebook friend Peggy, (feel free to 'friend me" in Facebook using my email address: jessicablyman@gmaiil.com), we considered that he may be the same ostrich we'd seen on December 7, 2013, (click here to see that post) only a week after our arrival.
Leaving Minnesota 431 days ago, with the next almost 500 days planned, it reminds us of how much planning we've actually done. Beyond the end date of our planning thus far of May 14, 2015, we've yet to decide where we'd like to go next.
Last evening slightly before 6:00 pm while busy indoors chopping and dicing for dinner, I did my usual checking outside for wildlife every 10 to 15 minutes. At first, all I saw was the oblong ball of black feathers of this ostrich.  He appeared to be leaving but when I called out in my high pitched voice, he turned and came our way with little fear of us.  At one point, he was within 5 feet, 1.5 meters, from us. 
Some readers have assumed its the end of our worldwide travels, when in fact, health providing, we look forward to many more years to come. However, we've determined that planning more than two years in advance is unnecessary. 

Early on in the process, we booked as far as 2 1/2 years in advance.  Why, some have asked?  Perhaps, it was a part of making the commitment, to dig deep, to ensure we would stick to it, giving ourselves ample time to adjust
After he'd turned around, he wandered close to us.  Although not apparent in this photo, he was at least 8 feet, 2.44 meters tall, weighing as much as 295 pounds, 134 kg.  His cheerful disposition was evident in his confident demeanor, causing us to laugh while enjoying every moment with him.
Adjust, we did.  Now, if we had to wait 30 days in advance to plan, emotionally, we could do it.  Financially, it could be a challenge when last minute planning ultimately is more expensive  Plus, we'd sacrifice certain options; lesser accommodations, taking the "leftovers."  There's no need to put ourselves into a potentially stressful last minute situation.

In the next six months, we'll begin tacking onto the end of the 2015 date, as yet to decide where we'd ideally like to travel.  Leaving from Hawaii at that point does precipitate certain distance challenges that we'll manage to figure out.
His feathers looked silky up close.  His funny knee joints are backwards, compared to ours and most other animals. His flat two-toed feet were steady and he walked with confidence. "Though they cannot fly, ostriches are strong runners. They can sprint up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) an hour and run over distance at 31 miles (50 kilometers) an hour. They may use their wings as "rudders" to help them change direction while running. An ostrich's powerful, long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) in a single stride."
So here's our firm itinerary, including the remaining days in Marloth Park but not including side trips we'll take from various locations, such as the upcoming three day outing to the Blyde River Canyon, a 3 1/2 hour drive, on the famous Panorama Route, stopping to see the many sites along the way.

Itinerary                                                 # of days         Dates
South Africa Rental - Marloth Park/Kruger Park House - remaining 53 12/1/2013-2/28/2014
Flight South Africa to Marrakesh 1 2/28/2014
Marrakesh, Morocco House 75 3/1/2014-5/15/2014
Madeira, Portugal House 76 5/15/2014-8/1/2014
Flight Madeira to Paris, France 0 8/1/2014
Paris Hotel  15 8/1/2014-8/16/2014
Tunnel (Chunnel) Paris to London 0 8/16/2014
London Hotel  15 8/16/2014 -8/31/2014
London to Boston - Cruise 14 8/31/2014 - 9/14/2014
Hotel Boston 3 9/14/2014 - 9/17/2014
Flight Boston to Vancouver 0 9/17/2014
Hotel Vancouver  6 9/17/2013 - 9/23/2014
Vancouver to Honolulu - Cruise 12 9/23/2014 - 10/5/2014
Honolulu/Waikiki Rental  11 10/5/2014 - 10/16/2014
Maui Rental 57 10/16/2014 - 12/1/2014
1st house Pahoe Hawaii Rental  46 12/1/2014 - 1/14/2015
2nd house Pahoe Rental  (family visiting) 0 12/20/2014 -1/3/2015
Kauai Hawaii Rental 120 1/15/2015-5/14/2015
Number # of days remaining before adding future  plans 504
Over the next several months we'll begin to add to the continuation of our travels.

All of the above locations have been booked with deposits paid, a few of which have been paid in full. Forms of transportation far out have not been booked which is impossible this far in advance.  

However, the complicated flight from South Africa to Marrakesh, Morocco has been booked with only 53 days until departure, details of which we'll share in a future post.  Also, we've booked three hotels for short stays and as shown, two cruises.
The time had come for Clive to leave.  Hoping he'll return again, we watched as he lumbered his way down our long dirt driveway, obviously content with his visit.
As for this month, we'll stay at the Blyde River Canyon Lodge from January 15th through the 18th, as we work our way along the renowned Panorama Tour that enables us to see some of the wonders of South Africa including the third deepest canyon in the world, rich with scenery and wildlife and to see the famous, "God's Window."  Hopefully, the skies will be clear!

Of course, we'll post photos of our experiences every step of the way, sharing them daily with hopefully, an adequate Internet connection. Leaving in only nine days, we continue to treasure every moment in Marloth Park.  
He looked back at us a few times as he followed the path..
Soon, the tourists we'll leave after their holiday visits.  The exquisite quiet we experienced when we first arrived in Marloth Park on December 1st will return.  

Kruger National Park, a 30 minute drive, will also be on our "to do" list of what is considered a "self game drive" where one pays the park entrance fees, driving through the park and returning to one of the many entrance gates by no later than 6:30 pm when the park closes.  If one is on a guided tour, they may remain in the park until 9:00 pm as we've done on two game drives ending in Bush Braai dinners.
Goodbye, Clive!  He fluttered his wings as he wandered away.
Busy? Yes! Content?  More than we could ever have dreamed.  One might ask, how can we consider ourselves 'busy" when we spend most days on the veranda, waiting for wildlife to visit?  Waiting for wildlife requires diligent attentiveness, quiet and the desire to continually scan the area.

Besides, a short trip into the house could easily result in having missed the glorious opportunity to have met our new friend, Clive. 

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