Things we can count on....


"Zebras are very fast-moving animals and can reach speeds of up to 65 kmph (40 mph) when galloping across the plains. This is just fast enough to outpace predators such as lions. Foals can run with the herd within a few hours of birth."
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
A sliver of the moon and the planet Jupiter as seen on Saturday night.
Last night, before sunset, while sitting at the big table on the veranda enjoying Father's Day happy hour, we came to a conclusion...there are many scenarios in the bush that we can count on.
It isn't a daily occurrence but zebras stop by a few times a week.  It's always fun to see them.
One by one, we reviewed these factors that are presented to us each and every day and night as we live in this lovely house, "Orange is More Just a Colour" where we've settled into a comfortable and yet exciting routine.
Each zebra has its own unique pattern of stripes. Also, a zebra’s stripy coat is thought to disperse more than 70 percent of incoming heat, preventing the animal from overheating in the African sun.
Whether its a social event, a game drive in Kruger, a trip away or an evening on the veranda, just the two of us, enchanted by our surroundings, it all has become so familiar and meaningful, we keep asking ourselves how we got so lucky to be a part of this always interesting, always entertaining, life in South Africa.

We can always identify this zebra by this odd pattern on her right upper leg.
We giggled over the familiar events that occur each evening as we prepare the veranda for the evening's activity which includes:
1.  Preparing a little cup of fruity yogurt for the bushbabies and placing it on their stand before 5:15.  They always arrive, jumping through the trees, no later than 5:30 pm.
2.  Plug in the light we purchased to illuminate the yard into the long electric cord reel.
3.  Ensure the fruit and vegetable container is filled to the brim with carrots and apples.
4.  Have the yellow container filled with pellets.
5.  Be dressed in warm clothing so we don't have to rush off to change and possibly miss something.
A pretty little sandbar on the Crocodile River.
6.  Prepare drinks, whether a glass of wine for me or a cocktail for Tom or iced tea for both of us.
7.  Have everything chopped and diced for dinner, including salad and vegetables ready to be cooked and meat for the grill seasoned and marinating.
8.  Light the citronella candle along with using insect repellent on all exposed skin.
9.  Place a fresh battery in the camera after having cleared off all previously taken photos onto my laptop for future posts.
10.  Turn on a portion of the exterior lights prior and the balance after full darkness.
11.  Set the veranda table with placemats, napkins, plates and forks and knives.
12.  Fill the birdseed contained with seed for "Frank and the Misses" should they stop by which often occurs in the early evening.

Sunny midday view of the Crocodile River from the brick overlook.
Does it sound like a lot of work?  For us, it isn't.  Actually, we both enjoy our roles in making all of the above transpire quickly and seamlessly. By 4:45 each evening we both get into action and by 5:00 pm, we can sit down and relax with our beverage of choice in hand and big smiles on our faces.

Here's what transpires, every single evening that we can always count on, all of which makes us squeal with delight in its dependability as a nightly occurrence:
5:15 pm - Bushbabies fly through the trees toward the perch to the container of fruity yogurt.  For the few hours or so, the dozen or so that dwell in the trees, go back and forth, taking little tastes while freely sharing with one another.
5:30 pm - The Hadeda birds, a type of noisy ibis flies overhead, making their loud ha-de-da sounds as they pass...not once in awhile...but every night.
5:45 pm - Frank and the Misses made their loud squawking noises for about 30 seconds as darkness falls.
6:00 pm - Warthogs stop by for an evening snack, not necessarily the same warthogs each time, but warthogs, none the less.
7:00 pm - (Give or take a few minutes)...Duiker boy and duiker girl arrive, both very shy but very interested in well-tossed pellets when they prefer not to come too close to the veranda.
The scenery on the river seems to change daily based on rain and the opening of the dam to increase water flow.
From there, the remainder of the evening is a mystery.  No one may arrive or dozens may arrive.  It's unpredictable. And, not unlike fishing, you toss in your line and patiently wait.

It's during this waiting period that we cook our dinner on the grill,  filling our plates with salad and cooked vegetables to be topped off by a great cut of beef, chicken or pork. We're never disappointed.  Tom does an excellent job of grilling.
We rarely see waterbucks other than along the banks of rivers.
After dinner, we sit for a bit at the table or stay preoccupied with visitors and then quickly gather dishes to be placed in the separate kitchen where Tom will do the dishes, often to be finished after we come indoors for the remainder of the night.  Here again, we don't want to miss a thing.
Several waterbuck grazing on the fenced Marloth Park side of the river.
Usually by 9:00 pm, we "call it a day," pack everything up, finish the cleanup and head indoors to watch one show on the TV screen using my laptop and our HDMI cord. 
A little tousling between the boys.
By 10:00 pm or so, I'm ready for bed while Tom usually stays up until 11:00.  We're never bored.  We never tire of this routine.  And, we continue to find each of the predictable events interesting and exciting. Most weeks, we're out for two nights for dinner or with friends. This break in our routine makes returning to it all the more interesting.

I'm sure that most people's routines, although not necessarily similar to ours, are not too unlike ours in their familiarity and ability to incite a great degree of comfort and pleasure.
A youngster grazing with the adults.
May today's and tonight's routine bring you much joy, especially those "things you can count on."
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Photo from one year ago today, June 18, 2017:
Granddaughters Maisie and Madighan at the community center event while Greg went to find Miles after the parade ended.  Other grandchildren photos upcoming. For more photos from this date, please click here.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads throughout the world...Crossing the road in Kruger and more...


Crocs aren't necessarily pleasing to the eye but they're an important player in the food chain.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Bushbaby heaven...Six on the pedestal with their nightly cup of fruity yogurt.  Next, we'll try for seven.
I often think of the two dads I lost many years ago; my biological father who passed away when I was 12 years old from a horrifying accident at work and my "second" dad who passed from cancer in 1983. 

Both were amazing men, husbands, and fathers whom I think of every year at this time and frequently throughout the year.  When I realize its been 35 years since I've had a dad, its been a very long time.
One giraffe, crossing the road.
When thinking of dads in my life today, I think of my son Greg, stepson TJ, both of whom are great dads and of course, my dear husband Tom.  Often its assumed spouses don't celebrate Mother and Father's Day when they aren't "their" parent but somehow I've always attempted to make it a special day for Tom, as he's done for me.

So, today, for all the fathers, grandfathers and stepdads we wish each and every one of you a very special day filled with love and we hope your loved ones take a few minutes to make it a memorable.
There's something special about elephants crossing a road.
Tom reminded me this morning that the most amount of "collect" calls made in years past, was on Father's Day.  From this site:
"More collect telephone calls are made on Fathers Day than on any other day of the year. Fathers Day was the brainchild of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. His father, Civil War veteran, William Smart, was a single parent that raised six children on his own after his wife died during childbirth. Listening to a passionate Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Sonora felt that a day was needed to honor his father, and other father’s like his. So, he settled on June 19th (his father’s birthday), and the world’s first official Fathers Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910."
Once he reached the other side (yes, please note, it is a "he") he wasn't pleased to see us.  At an opportune moment, we zoomed past him.
A simple phone call, preferably not collect (and not necessary these days with free calling), is all a dad needs to feel loved, remembered and appreciated.  

What am I doing to make this day special for my husband?  We don't have room in our luggage for gifts and besides, what would I buy for him?  He doesn't need a power washer, tools, a GPS for his car or a putter for his golf clubs.  
A parade of elephants grazing in a lush green area.
Traveling the world as we do, now for almost six years, we have no home, no car, and no sports equipment in this lifestyle.  We're trying to make the clothing we have now last until our next trip to the USA, where we'll replace many of the few items we possess at that time.  There was no point in trying to find him a shirt, swimwear, or pair of shorts here in Africa.

Instead, I'll work extra hard to make this day special by fussing over him a little more than usual, making a special romantic dinner for tonight's time on the veranda and attending to his every whim. Hum...this sounds like a normal day!  Then again, he does the same for me.
Fish eagles are often spotted in Kruger National Park.
Last night, around 5:00 pm, we had a two-hour power outage.  Since we usually start preparing dinner around 6:30, part of which we often cook on the braai (grill) we got out the candles and did as much as we could before dark around 5:45. 
We haven't seen Scar Face in weeks and look forward to his return.  Now, we have a special affinity for Tusker, who's very shy but practically swoons when I talk to him in a goofy high pitched voice, you know, the voice some of us use when talking to pets and babies.
Earlier in the day, I'd chopped and diced everything we needed for the meal which proved to have been a good decision.  By 6:00 pm, in the dark, we scrambled around in the dark kitchen with one candle burning, quickly pulling out everything from the refrigerator that we'd need for the meal. 

Luckily, we had salad left from the prior night's dinner party and vegetables which we wrapped in tinfoil to make "vegetable packs" for the grill.  Tom grilled his steak in the dark while I cooked fish on the gas stove.
A few bites of vegetation on a sunny morning in Kruger.
By 6:45, we were situated at the big table on the veranda enjoying our meal and of course, wondering if we'd be without power all night.  Without light, we couldn't see the considerable activity in the yard. 
Rhinos aren't the cutest animals in the world but it sure is fun to see them in the wild.
We heard a lot of snorting, rustling around in the dirt and the bush and a wide array of sounds we didn't recognize.  We laughed out loud.  Here we were in Africa, outside in the dark with wild animals all around us, unable to see a thing and yet, having the time of our lives. Much to our delight and surprise, a few hours later, the power returned.

That's life in Africa!

Happy Father's Day to all!

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Photo from one year ago today, June 17, 2017:
Granddaughter Maisie and Tom in front of Cost Cutters in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  We arrived at 10:30 am but had to wait for the late arriving employee.  For more photos please click here.

A fantastic evening with friends...Rhino Day!...


 This short video illustrates females rhinos "thinking" about their next move.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Tusker stopped by for a little nap.
It's Saturday morning but somehow it feels like Sunday, most likely due to the fact that we had a dinner party last night.  Everything is all cleaned up.  Last night, after our guests left Tom washed tons of dishes and this morning we put them all away. 

We had an exceptional evening filled with lively chatter sharing our mutual love of travel, wildlife, and nature, which seems to be the focus of most conversations between residents of Marloth Park.

Our delightful guests are all Marloth Park Honorary Rangers which added another layer of conversation we found particularly interesting and appealing.  Their dedication to protecting the health and well being of the wildlife, nature and the people is unstoppable.

This morning, I laundered all the placemats and napkins while Tom scraped the wax off the veranda floor that had spilled from a repellent candle when I accidentally bumped it while serving dinner.  All is well. 
Two female rhinos on the trail of a nearby male.
We never leave tasks such as these for Marta instead leaving the bed-making, floor-washing and dusting to her. With the kicking up dust by wildlife in the "dirt garden" there's new dust on all surfaces each and every day. 

I've noticed lately when speaking to South African friends that they refer to their "yard" (an American expression) as a "garden," although there may not be anything growing of significance other than trees and the low-lying bush.

Some homeowners in Marloth Park have planted a variety of plants but if they want them to survive they must enclose them or the wildlife will eat them or trample on them.  Instead, many have chosen to go with the "dirt garden" like ours.  It's more practical in this environment and definitely requires less upkeep and maintenance.

Today, we're sharing photos and another new video from our recent visits to Kruger National Park.  At this point, we're both looking forward to our next outing to Kruger, after all the success (safari luck) we've had lately especially in sighting the rhinos in today's post.
And, here are the girls!  Not much is "girlish" about female rhinos!
Here are some fun facts about rhinos from this site:

"Did you know that the word rhinoceros is a combination of two Greek words: “rhino” meaning nose and “ceros” meaning horn? Various other animals have the word rhinoceros as part of their names because they all have horn-like appendages. For example, the rhinoceros fish or the rhinoceros chameleon!

1. Rhino horns are not bone, but made of keratin – this is the same material that is found in hair and fingernails. The rhino’s horn is a compacted mass of hair that continues to grow throughout the rhino’s lifetime, just the way our hair and fingernails grow. The black rhino has two horns – the foremost is more prominent than the other – while the white rhino has more of a stump for a second horn.

2. Rhinos have thick, sensitive skin that can react to sunburns and insect bites – hence they love the mud as it acts as a sunblock and protects them from insects.

3. Tapirs, horses, and zebras are the closest relatives to the rhinoceros. These animals are the odd-toed ungulates – the rhinoceros has three toes on each foot, and their tracks actually resemble the Ace of Clubs!

4. The collective word for a group of rhinos is a “crash” of rhinos.”

5. Their horns are not used for defense purposes. They'd rather use their teeth to keep their opponents at bay. Black and white rhinos do not have incisors but rather have three premolars and three molars on each side of their upper and lower jaws.

6. With the consumption of large amounts of plants for nutrition, the rhino has got to get rid of the food in some way – this would be in the form of 23 kilograms of dung in a day! Did you know that each rhino’s smell is unique and can identify its owner? For example, the dung of a young rhino smells different than that of an adult, and a male’s poop smells different to a female’s. Rhinos actually communicate by using these piles of dung to leave “messages” for other rhinos. This is one way of marking their territory.


Crossing the road.
7. The difference between the white rhino and the black rhino does not emerge from their colour. The white rhino came from the word “wyd” in Afrikaans which means “wide” and describes its mouth. The English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted wyd for the word white and hence the white rhino. The black rhino got its name from the dark wet mud in its wallows that made it look black in colour. But both the black and the white rhinoceros are actually grey in colour.

8. The black rhino is a browser and gets sustenance from eating trees and bushes. The white rhino with its wider mouth has a long flat upper lip that is designed to graze grass and prefers to walk with its enormous head and squared lips lowered to the ground.

9. Rhinos have a symbiotic relationship with oxpeckers – in Swahili, they are the “askari wa kifaru” – which means the rhino’s guard. The “askari” eats ticks and other insects that it finds on the rhino and creates a commotion when it feels any danger, alerting the rhino.

10. Most wild rhino calves will never meet their fathers – after mating, the male and female rhinoceros typically separate and move on. Once the calf is born, it will spend a few years with its mother, but will never meet his father.

11. Females will reproduce every two and a half to five years and will remain with the calf for about three years.

12. Black rhinos prefer to eat at night or during dawn or dusk. When it is too hot, they take cover under the shade."

This was the first time we observed rhinos crossing the road.
Each time we see rhinos in the wild we are enthralled.  They aren't always the easiest of wildlife to observe when they may be tucked away in dense areas of the bush.

While in the Masai Mara in Kenya in 2013 (returning in eight months) we weren't able to get as close to rhinos as we have in Kruger National Park on several occasions since our arrival in South Africa in February.  We feel very fortunate to have been "up close and personal" on several occasions and look forward to many more opportunities.

As for today, we'll be heading out this afternoon for one of our frequent drives in Marloth Park to see what wonders await us during our usual two-hour drive.
We feel great and, we feel grateful. 

Have a great and grateful day!

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Photo from one year ago today, June 16, 2017:
View of a bay of Lake Minnetonka from friends Connie and Jeff veranda when we were invited for a fabulous dinner.  Connie's a professional chef and we enjoyed every morsel.  For more please click here.

Preparing for dinner guests...Finally...Cats!!!...Something very creepy came to call...More Kruger wonders!...


At quite a distance, a cheetah cub.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
This creepy fuzzy thing is actually an African Silk Worm contains an entire group of individual caterpillars.  They cause horrible irritation if they come in contact with skin.  We saw this on the wall of the veranda this morning and moved them to another spot.  But, they returned to make the "train" shown below.

      This is a collective of the African Silk Worm which returned to our veranda after we  moved them away.

These African Silk Worms reappeared on the veranda wall into a clump including many of these odd caterpillars.
 
Preparing for a dinner party is never easy and as much as I can enjoy cooking at times, it's all the little details that are time-consuming and require attention to detail.

Oh, don't get me wrong, we love having the opportunity to reciprocate for the many dinner invitations we've received in these past four months.  But, regardless of the menu, simple or elegant, planning and prepping requires lots of attention to detail, cleaning up while cooking and ensuring the area of the dinner party, the house, and the guest bathroom is clean and ready for guests.

I'd forgotten to change the camera back to daylight photos after taking photos the prior night.  None the less, we were happy to finally see some cats in Kruger.
One might think its easy with us having Marta living on the premises and cleaning the house as needed and also Josiah, who cleans the veranda, the gas grill, the pool and the yard Monday through Friday, makes the process easy.

Even with the help (which is usually done by noon), we've still been busy getting ready for tonight's dinner party for six.  Deciding what to prepare always seems to be the most difficult.  I always try to plan items that don't require a lot of last-minute prep.


Skinny cheetah crossing the road.
Between yesterday afternoon, after our shopping trip to Komatipoort and again this morning beginning at 6:30 am, I've got a good handle on the starters, salad, main courses, and dessert.  Thus, the late post today. Sorry about that.

Actually, I'd hoped to keep the post uncomplicated in its content and photos based on the fact I still have more to accomplish yet this afternoon.  The party begins at 5:00 pm, in time for the arrival of the dozen or so bushbabies and of course, the sunset which is tough to see through the bush where we're located.
 
Another cheetah meandering down the tar road in Kruger, hoping to sight a possible meal for her and her cubs.
In these past few days, our minds keep wandering back to the successful time we had on Wednesday in Kruger with both friends and with wildlife. Seeing our friends and posting yesterday's video was the highlight for both of us. 

Only a few hours after uploading the elephant video, shown here in this post, we were contacted again by Kruger National Park (SANParks) asking if we'd allow them to post yet another of our videos on their site.  We're flattered by their interest but have reached a point where we have to decide...do we want to monetize our videos?

This elephant wasn't thrilled to see us coming and began flapping his ears and roaring  We waited until it was safe and drove passed him.
We have mixed feeling about this.  All along we mentioned how we've worked hard to avoid making this site about money.  That way, it doesn't feel like "work."  It's done for pure love and joy.

Note the vegetation filled cheeks on this giraffe.  Often they collect massive amounts of greenery in their mouths and gradually swallow it down.
In the past few weeks, we've had several media outlets contact us, interested in monetizing our videos, we're at a loss if we're interested in doing so.  Providing them to Kruger is for "free" but in doing so we forfeit the right to ever "sell them" down the road.

We love Kruger and appreciate their intent to place ads on videos to offset conservation costs.  We understand and respect this and appreciate the opportunity to participate in this mission.

Elephants grazing in the bush in Kruger.
We've treasured the fact that we haven't monetized our videos.  But, as costs increase over these years of world travel and with a tight fixed income with no increases for inflation, we wonder if we can supplement a small portion of the costs of managing our site, through alternative methods, such as monetizing our videos. 

We'd love to hear your opinions on this topic.  Please write to us and let us know what you think.  What would YOU do in this situation?

An Egyptian goose.
On Wednesday, in Kruger, visiting with friends and spotting lots of stunning wildlife, we had many excellent photos ops which we'll continue to share over the next few days. 

We were especially excited to have finally seen "cats" in Kruger for the first time since our arrival as shown in today's above photos.  For some odd reason, lions and leopards have alluded us while in South Africa.  Although in Kenya, we saw the Big 5 in the first 10 hours, we've yet to so here.


Large crocodile sunning on the bank of the Sabie River.
Of course, everyone wants to see lions and leopards, as two of the Big 5.  For us, cats of any breed, are exciting and rewarding to spot, although we're not fixated on the Big 5.   I suppose for most safari-fans the desire to lions and leopards is fueled by their elusive nature and infrequent sightings. 


A "bloat" (appropriately named) of hippos in the Sabie River.
Now, at 12:30 pm Friday, we're situated on the veranda on yet another gorgeous and sunny day.  The temp is 27C, (80.6F) and although it will cool down considerably when darkness falls, we have no doubt we'll all be comfortable on the veranda for our dinner party, as more nature comes to call in the evening.

Have a fabulous day and upcoming weekend.  We'll be back tomorrow with more!
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Photo from one year ago today, June 15, 2017:
Tom and son TJ selfie while at a ballgame.  For more Minnesota photos, please click here.

A must-see video!!!...An outstanding day with intelligent wildlife...And...an outstanding day with human friends...


 
 This video will remain as one of our favorites in years to come clearly illustrating the intelligence of elephants during a human intervention in "their world."  Watch and you'll see why. 

"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
It was quite impressive seeing this giraffe family on the shore of the Sabie River in Kruger National Park.
I don't know where to begin...the fabulous get-together with friends Cathi and Rick and their two Kauai friends, Debra and Charlie (who's spouses didn't attend the lunch) who are traveling with them or...the absolutely unbelievable sightings we had on the way to and from lunch at the Mug & Bean in Lower Sabie.
This is the scene that inspired Tom to turn around and go back to the spot of the road this elephant scenario rolled out which he'd seen in his rear view mirror.
Every moment of the six hours we were gone from Marloth was a fun-filled adventure with lively conversation with our friends along with breathtaking experiences on the road in both directions. 

We kindly ask you to please watch the above video.  You will experience, along with us, the heart-stopping sighting we feel far exceeded our usual "safari luck."  Surely, it was a matter of "being in the right place at the right time" and as heard on the video, me literally "pushing" Tom to "stay put" and let the scenario roll out.
As we were driving down the tar road in Kruger, Tom spotted this elephant in his rear view mirror, prompting him to turn around to see if more would follow.
Sorry, Honey, for being so pushy and expressing it live on the video when somehow I knew we had to stay in place and continue taking the above video until the scenario fully unveiled before our eyes and, the eyes of the other lucky park visitors that happened to be in the same proximity.

We couldn't believe what transpired and have watched the video several times, each time more in awe than the last.  A critic/hater on our recent cape buffalo video, which Kruger National Park (Sanpark) had asked to post on their site, made a comment that animals aren't that smart to break up the two entangled buffalos (and who was I to say so?) who's horns became entangled during an alternation.  You may watch that video here and, read the comments.
She stood on the road and wouldn't move while cars lined up in both directions, unable to move in either direction.  We were at a good vantage point but it required me to twist around in an uncomfortable position to be able to take the above video.  PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO!!!
Oh, yes, they are that smart!!!  How are we such superior beings to assume that animals don't have intellect and forethought?  Do you have a dog, cat or other pet that you've been able to observe and, without a doubt, observed intelligent behavior? 

Why would wild animals have any less intellect than a dog or cat?  If you're curious about the top ten smartest animals on the planet, please click here.  The elephant is ranked #3 on the list of ten and pigs are #9. 
Regardless, of how the vehicles attempted to maneuver around her, she wasn't about to budge.  The above video will illustrate an outrageous situation that got her to leave the road after her entire "parade" had safely crossed.  This scenario is unlike any we've seen in the past.
Soon, we'll be making a video of how smart warthogs really are that will astound you.  Would you believe if I say, I'm in the process of teaching them a few words to which they're responding?  Is it any different than teaching your dog to respond to a wide array of commands?  Not at all.

Anyway, forgive my over-the-top enthusiasm.  After all, its why we're here. But then again, we don't forget for a moment the other kinds of interactions we're experiencing while in Africa...the human kind.
Crocodile at the Vurhami Dam in Kruger.
And, yesterday, when we promptly spotted our friends at the Mug & Bean in Lower Sabie, we couldn't have hugged harder and been more enthused to see one another after three years since we left Kauai in May 2015 after a four-month stay in Princeville where Cathi and Rick live.  We'd put the former misstep behind us when we missed each other on Sunday.

Of course, the conversation revolved around our mutual love of wildlife (that's why they're here in Africa for 23 days), and generally catching up as to what's transpired in our lives and theirs over these past three years. 
The Mug & Bean is situated on the Sabie River with stunning views from its wrap-around veranda.
After the delightful two-hour lunch it was hard to say goodbye.  Surely, sometime down the road, we'll see each other again.  After loving Kauai as much as we did, we wouldn't be surprised if we ended back there for another short stay in years to come.  One never knows.

Thank you, Cathi and Rick and friends for taking the time to meet up with us and for hosting a delightful lunch.  We met at 11:00 am and by 1:00 pm we were back on the road to the Crocodile Gate.  Had we not left at precisely that time we would have missed the above sighting and more, which we'll be sharing over the next several days.
Our friends from Kauai, from left to right: Charlie, us, Cathi, Rick, and Debra.  It was wonderful to see them!
Soon, we're off to Komatipoort to shop for groceries and pellets. While I shop at Spar, Tom will head to Lembobo for carrots and apples and then Obaro for pellets, finding me in the market when he's done.  

Tomorrow evening we're entertaining guests for dinner, Sandra and Paul, and Uschie and Evan, (all close friends), all of whom are Marloth Park Honorary Rangers who've been highly instrumental in inspiring us to present stories and photos of wildlife and nature concerns in this special place. 
Tom splurged at lunch with a giant burger topped with onion rings and a side of chips.
Tonight, we'll be outdoors, as usual, relishing in the wonders surrounding us never stopping for a moment as we observe and embrace every aspect of "living life in the bush" in South Africa.

We're more grateful than words can describe. Cats.  We saw cats.  Tomorrow...
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Photo from one year ago today, June 14, 2017:
Minnesota is definitely a beautiful state with over 14,000 lakes, streams, rivers and an abundance of greenery and tall trees. For more photos, please click here.