Thursday, July 03, 2008


I thought that I would write a quick something so that my friends and family know that I am still on this trip. We are currently in a very lovely camping lodge about 20km outside the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria. We have to renew Savannah’s passport because hers is full again. Kees also has the same problem. We will carry on and hopefully pick the passports up in a different city when they are ready in three weeks.
Ammon mentioned that it is cold here. I have to say that it is freezing! During the day it is nice as long as the sun is on you but watch out when it goes down. We had to buy blankets to go along with our very light summer sleeping bags (which we hardly used in the past couple of years, due to extremely hot temperatures), and warm clothes. Even with the blankets we still have to curl up in small balls and bury our heads to keep warm. There is frost on the ground in the morning. We try to stay put until the sun comes up and we can venture out of our tents. The best way to do this is NOT to drink anything way before bedtime because the nights are so long.
The super markets are great so we have been eating well with familiar foods. The meat is incredibly great with amazing flavour and very inexpensive so we have been having barbeques most nights over the open fire. Now I know why South Africa is famous for braais aka BBQs. We have now been in our cosy tents for 3 months. It’s hard to believe how fast time flies.
Seeing the wildlife has been great and it amazes us how easily an elephant can be hidden in the bush just meters from our eyes. We watch a parade of elephants cross the street in front of us and simply disappear. It’s quite unreal. Nature is very clever indeed.
Every one is still in good health and happy. We all look forward to hitting the southern most point of this continent and starting on our way back up the east side and out of the winter. It feels too much like home here in South Africa and we need to get back to the unusual.
Miss you all.
PS. Ammon has just put up new photos for Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.


At 8:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vancouver is unusual Mom


At 10:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maggie!!!
You're alive! I was getting worried they'd sold you off somewhere to keep on the trip. It's funny when you write I actually hear your voice talking, it is nice to hear your calm voice again. I wondered if you were going to head back up to warmer climes, or try to cross to the tip of Peru, which would of course ment you were heading north and home again. Your blog has a wistful sound when you say S.A. feel too 'comfortable", could it be you are getting tired of the road, missing us slobs how crouch here, and the rest of your family?Sky sounds lonely with his Vancouver plaintive. Did we mention it has been very warm, and beautiful?
We were just out to BC, and went out for dinner with Blair and Sue, told them about your amazing adventures, they say Hi too.
I hope ll is well with you all, and as always pray you are safe.

Love and Big Bear Hugs,
Your Buddy the Bear

At 6:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there everyone,is there any BBQS left for an old frend and ooooooops savannah,careful sweetheart or you burn your beautiful fingers babysister .where is MOM? Did she go get some wine or is DAD choosing for the BOYSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS? O NO CAN BE ,LOOKING FOR whose TALKING,well ,LOOK in your HEARTS.NUKE, LIB.

At 6:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...



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