Category Archives: TRAVEL

Penny & Elephants

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This expression captures a lot of the thoughts and emotions of the entire trip.  It was taken on April 11, 2015. Surprise – Amazement – Warmth – Excitement – Embracement – Adventure –Power – Grace – Passion – Humbleness – Beauty – Big – Complicated While Penny knew we were going to Africa, the specific itinerary was kept from her.  She was a great sport about this, especially considering her tendency to over-pack.  This daily “where are we going” surprise factor was quite fun and well worth all the effort.  It became good entertainment while interacting with most of those

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Mission

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This series of pictures occurred on days 23 through 25 of our adventure.   During these days we loaded ourselves onto a small bus in Manzini, Swaziland and traveled approximately 45 minutes to a modest mission building near Kwalusini, Swaziland. Along the way, the topographical features of a region appeared very similar to northern Georgia and Alabama, along with southern and central Tennessee.  Swaziland does not have the moisture content of that part of the U.S., but it is far from being a desert climate. Open range is the law in Swaziland and cattle that appeared very healthy were being tended

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Animal Action

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On day 30 of our adventure, just down the trail from a huge fig tree, we came upon two leopards. They were between a dirt road (visible above on our right) and the Sand River (visible below on our left). We were enjoying our early morning, and our close view of these animals.  We started noticing the stark contrast in how beat up the male was, (notice the loose top fang, the scars under the right eye, on the nose, face and ears), compared to the beautiful young female. The guides informed us that they believed the female killed the

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Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Such – Generally

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Eyes

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Sunrises, Sunsets & Night Views

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Inspiration is fleeting, beauty is vain, and the power of the mind for wonder limited. … 1899 Rudyard Kipling Click on any picture below to view it in better resolution: 1st Sunset in Cape Town 1st Safari Sunset Sunset over the border of Botswana and Namibia Okavango Delta Lebala Baines Jacana Swaziland Mauritius More Cape Town Lions Sand Last night in Africa – Under the African moon and stars we seemed trivial … obscure. Sunrise under the US Flag

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African Scenes

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People

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Penny in Africa

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  Sir Thomas Browne, an English polymath, wrote in 1642: “I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit me.”   Although learned, he failed to address the happiest man ever.   Could he conceive the technological world we live in today, much less the continued spectrum of human existence, allowing hard working but common folks to travel the world and experience the bounty of the earth with a loved one?   No offense to Sir Browne, but

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Ellerman House

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Ellerman House is the place to stay in Cape Town.   This boutique hotel is a newly refurbished 1906 home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.   The property houses 11 hotel rooms, 2 suites and 2 private villas. The villas     are       simply       incredible.     i.e, for the rock stars of the world. The buildings, gardens and wine cellar display over 1,000 art pieces. A few are tremendously inspiring such as this bronze of an actual vineyard plant. The wine cellar has a “terroir wall” showing the cross sections of the soil below 100 of

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