Yesterday's wondrous adventure...In a span of one month...From elephant seals and elephants...Who would have thunk?...

 
The lines in this photo are the electrified cables separating Marloth Park Conservancy and Kruger National Park. There were 17 in this photo but later we counted 20, included a male that was clearly "told" by the matriarch that he couldn't stay with the herd.  See photo below as he wanders off.

Part 1 video.
Part 2 video.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Yesterday, another "band" of mongoose stopped by looking for eggs.  Of course, we complied.  This mongoose decided to rest her/his chin on a log to take a break from the frenzy of activity.
Yesterday afternoon as we stood at the electrified fence in Marloth Park delightfully watching a 20 member "parade" (another word for herd of elephants) at the Crocodile River, an interesting thought popped into Tom's head...we went from observing elephant seals in Antarctica to observing elephants in South Africa in the span of a month.
One month ago in Antarctica, this "arrangement" of elephant seals found comfort sleeping together in a ditch.  Now, here in South Africa, we are blessed to see elephants.  Here's the post from that date.
Not only did we ooh and aah over the scene before our eyes when we were out on one of our almost daily drives through the Conservancy, we were totally awestruck by "safari luck's" continuing presence in our lives.
In ones and twos, they meandered down the hill to the Crocodile River.
Tom often mentions how humbled and blessed we are, not only to live this peculiar and amazing life on the move but also in the heart-pounding experiences we encounter along the way that continues to surprise us daily.
Most likely, the majority of the elephants were females.  Males are kicked out the herd by their 12th birthday when puberty sets in.
Perhaps our enthusiasm is slightly higher than some in our attentiveness as we always strive to get the very most out of each and every day of our world travels, knowing full-well that someday it will end. 
Female elephants stay together for life.
This may prove to be the last period of time we'll spend in Africa and of course, Antarctica was indeed a-once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Comparing the two experiences is tricky when they each are unique in their own special way. 
Three elephants of varying ages drinking from the river.  Check out the baby in the background!
But the reality remains, they're very similar in producing a surge in the feel-good hormones that course through our bodies day after day.  Perhaps, we've both become addicted to this feeling coupled with a sense of adventure we never imagined possible during these senior years of our lives. 

Perhaps, for us, it's not unlike the surge of adrenalin that those who seek high adventure sports and activities.  They don't do it just because it "sounds fun."  They do it for the "rush."
A youngster stopped to nurse.
We don't need to climb Mount Everest or bungee jump for the rush.  We need only to stand at the electrified fence between Marloth Park and Kruger National Park, as we did yesterday, fully engaged in the scene before our eye, unable to wipe the smiles off our faces while we took distant photos and videos.
As they began to make their way back up the hill. 
No, our photos aren't as clear as we'd like but we were no less than 800 meters (2625 feet) from the magnificent animals and our paltry little camera did it's best to capture as much as we could, albeit shakily at times while making the two videos, we're posting today.
After spending about an hour at the river they began the trek back up the hill as soon as the matriarch trumpeted a loud sound.  Seeing and hearing this was beyond description.
Sure, it would be great if we had a more sophisticated camera and if I were a better photographer but we have what we have and we are what we are, content with the small size and weight of our two identical cameras, and our abilities as amateur photographers.
For short periods, smaller groups would wander off, only to connect with the larger herd moment later.
So, today, we share what we captured yesterday with such enthusiasm and joy, hoping those of our readers who embrace wildlife and nature will find this interesting along with us.
This male was pushed aside by the others since most likely the time had come for him to go off on his own, now that he's reached puberty.  He may find other males he'll join or may stay alone seeking to mate.  Elephant parents typically don't stay together with their offspring.  The babies stay with the moms, sisters, aunts, and matriarch.
If not, bear with us, we'll have many more stories to tell during our extended period in Africa over this next year with our plans to leave by next March.  During this year, we'll be moving to other properties in Marloth, visiting other countries in Africa and continuing to meet new people and see more wildlife.
The others followed suit and make their way back up the hill.
Today, we'll stay put during the day.  Tonight, we're off to Jabula for dinner and easy socializing when other patrons are outrageously friendly.  Tomorrow night, friends Lynne and Mick are coming for dinner.  It will certainly be a great weekend.  

May you have a great weekend as well!

P.S. Today, March 3rd is World Wildlife Day.  For more information, please click here.

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Photo from one year ago today, March 3, 2017:
Baby Grand player piano in the living area of the Penthouse Suite on Celebrity Solstice.  The lovely couple who had booked this suite, invited the two of us for a private dinner, served by the shop's "butlers."  It was a sensational evening.  Please click here for details.

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