|Its easy to spend lazy afternoons lounging on the cabana.|
|Muddy white horse getting a bath in the river.|
With my 70th birthday in 16 months (no, Mom, I'm not wishing my life away!), Tom decided to surprise me with a new plan...after the Antarctica cruise ends on February 8, 2018, we're heading back to Africa!
My 70th birthday is on February 20, 2018 and hopefully, we'll be celebrating at Jabula Lodge in Marloth Park, South Africa, with all of our friends whom we've stayed in close touch since our departure on February 28, 2014, a full four years ago.
|Sumbersari, Bali to Denpasar, Bali||1||road trip||10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016|
|Hotel - Kuta, Bali||1||10/29/2016 - 10/30/2016|
|Flight - Denpasar, Bali to Sydney, AU||1||red eye||10/30/2016 - 10/30/2016|
|Hotel - Sydney, Australia||1||10/30/2016 - 10/31/2016|
|Cruise - Sydney to Perth||16||RC Radiance of the Seas||10/31/2016 - 11/16/2016|
|Cruise - Perth to Sydney||17||RC Radiance of the Seas||11/16/2016 - 12/3/2016|
|Tasmania #1 Penguin Beach House||44||12/3/2016 - 1/16/2017|
|Tasmania #2 Anchorage Waterfront||44||1/16/2017 - 3/1/2017|
|Cruise - Sydney to Sydney||12||Celebrity Soltice||3/1/2017 - 3/13/2017|
|Sydney House - Fairlight House - Manley||40||3/13/2017 - 4/22/2017|
|Cruise - Sydney to Seattle||24||RC Explorer of the Seas||4/22/2017 - 5/15/2017|
|Hotel - Vancouver Marriot Pinaccle||2||5/15/2017 - 5/17/2017|
|Cruise - Vancouver to Seattle - Alaska||9||Celebrity Soltice||5/17/2017 - 5/26/2017|
|Flight - Seattle to Minneapolis||0||5/26/2017 - 5/26/2017|
|Hotel - Minneapolis Family Visit||42||5/26/2017 - 7/7/2017|
|Nevada Family Visit||21||7/7/2017 - 8/1/2017|
|Costa Rica - Atenas - La Perla de Atenas||114||8/1/2017 - 11/22/2017|
|Flight - Costa Rica to Fort Lauderdale||0||11/22/2017 - 11/22/2017|
|Hotel - Fort Lauderdale, Florida||1||11/22/2017 - 11/23/2017|
|Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale to Santiago||15||Celebrity Infinity||11/23/2017 - 12/8/2017|
|Cruise - Santiago to Buenos Aires, Argentina||15||Celebrity Infinity||12/8/2017 - 12/23/2017|
|Hotel - Buenos Aires - not booked||31||12/23/2017 - 1/23/2018|
|Flight - Buenos Aires to Ushuaiai, Argentina||0||1/23/2018|
|Cruise - Antarctica - Ushuaiai to Ushuaiai||16||Ponant Le Soleil||1/23/2018 - 2/8/2018|
|Flight - Ushuaiai to Buenos Aires||0||2/8/2018 - 2/8/2018|
|Flight(3) - Buenos Aires to Nelspruit, SA||3||2/8/2018 - 2/11/2018|
|Neslpruit to Marloth Park, South Africa||0||road trip||2/11/2018 - 2/11/2018|
|South Africa - Marloth Park||88||Tom's 70th BD gift to Jess||2/11/2018 - 5/10/2018|
|Rwanda, Africa for Gorilla Expedition||7||flights TBD||5/10/2018 - 5/17/2018|
|Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia||7||flights TBD||5/17/2018 - 5/24/2018|
|Cruise - Zambezi River||7||flights TBD||5/24/2018 - 5/31/2018|
|Flight - Zambia to Nelspruit, South Africa||2||flights TBD||6/1/2018 - 6/3/2018|
|Neslpruit to Marloth Park, South Africa||0||road trip||6/3/2018 - 6/3/2018|
|South Africa - Marloth Park||88||return stay||6/3/2018 - 8/30/2018|
|Total Days Booked - More to Follow||669|
Was he motivated by the fact that many of our vaccinations are good for ten years and by then, we'll be into the sixth year of world travel when we were originally inoculated in the US in 2012, shortly before we began our journey? Or perhaps he was motivated by the reality that we aren't getting any younger and this long journey can be challenging, especially arriving from South America.
|What a fabulous villa this has been in Sumbersari, Bail. Note Tom's head in lower right as he lounges on the sofa out of the sun while I finish the post at the dining table.|
Each time I've brought up this topic in our future travels conversations, Tom said he'd be delighted to return although we still had a lot of world to see. Long ago, we agreed that all decisions we make must be unanimous. We've followed that edict to the letter.
|This has to have been our favorite dinner time view.|
Speaking of birthdays and life's milestones, Tom 65th birthday will be spent the day we arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 23, 2017, another special day to celebrate. I'm certain we'll have no trouble making the event celebratory in Buenos Aires!
As you peruse this itinerary, you may wonder...Is this the end of our travels which at that point, as stated above, which will be only a few months shy of six years from the onset of our world travels? As we've stated in many posts over these years, health will always be the determining factor.
|High tide view from the villa's second story veranda.|
When we first began, we made a pact that if one of us wants to stop, we would. Now, that prospect is somewhat of a joke. Every so often we ask one another the question, "Are you tired of this yet?'
Invariably, we laugh at the preposterousness of the question. It would be comparable to one asking, "Are you tired of being happy yet?"
There are many unknowns in this world we live in, risks and dangers we can hardly bear to imagine. But, as always, we continue on with love and hope in our hearts and minds, in awe and humbled by the world around us, and always longing for more.
|Dog on the paved road.|
Its not always profound. Its not always exciting. Often, its challenging and frustrating. At times, we have no choice other than to adapt to our surroundings, making the best of what may be excruciatingly difficult for a period of time.
Isn't that how life is for all of us? We're all longing for fulfillment in one form or another whether its for today, tomorrow or the future yet to come.
May you find life fulfilling, now and always.
Photo from one year ago today, October 14, 2015:
|Cars and trucks could easily fit inside the ferry in Savusavu, Fiji. Prices vary by weight as shown here at the ferry company's website. For more details, please click here.|