Tuesday, July 22, 2008

# South Africa

Reconnecting - Part 8

I know, I know, it's been a while but so many things were going on that I had to take a break from the South Africa trip photos. But I think it's time we get back to business and besides, when last we spoke we were just about to embark on a 5:30 am morning safari right?

So go ahead and grab a big cup of coffee and get comfy, it's going to take a while and I'm sure you don't want to miss out on all the great photos coming your way.

Our second day at the Kruger National Park started early in the morning, everyone kinda dragged themselves out of bed, there was sleepy eyes and a little crankiness but for the most part we all looked forward to one of the best things about being there......getting up right as the Camp Gate opens and driving out to see what we could find.

Gorgeous African Sunrise

One of the first animals we saw was this Warthog, just going about his business.

Wild chickens, they're everywhere and they're pretty hard to spot cause they blend in with the scenery so well don't they?

Now THESE are one of the hardest animals to see at the Kruger Park, the Wild Dogs. We were lucky to see not just this one, but another 3, they seemed to be circling a few Springbok in the distance

I am just glad that I'm not going to be around whatever is going to come out of that HUGE spider web. That's just........eeeeeeeeewwwwww

These guys are everywhere, I was actually sick of seeing them after the second day LOL

The beautiful Kruger National Park

If you love Giraffes like I do, then you would be in heaven, they are so graceful and we spotted quite a few.

We didn't see much that first morning, but it was still amazing getting out there that early and enjoying the wild life. By the time we got back to the houses, we were all starved and it was time for breakfast, which Curt offered to make for everyone. He makes the BEST crispy bacon!

My sister in law Lilian helped with the breakfast too

I don't know what the heck I was doing LOL

Yep, just give me a cup of coffee and I'm happy

What do you do if you're sitting at a table in the direct sunlight and you can't find a hat nearby???? Well, use a napkin on your head of course LOL That's my dad's ingenious idea LOL
And because he wanted to pitch in too he even washed the dishes and that's a big *GASP GASP* I have never in my life seen my dad wash so much as a spoon LOL

My wonderful hubby enjoying his breakfast in the fresh air with the sound of the wild animals in the distance. I tell you there is something very majestic about this place, if I could, I would live there.

Tita (my stepmom) and the kids. Let me just tell you that I love this woman to death, she stepped in to take care of me and my 2 brothers after my dad's divorced and she's always been a mother to us. I don't think of her as a stepmother, I think of her as a mother. She's done so much for us and I'm truly blessed to have her in my life. So Nela...if you're reading this, just know that I love you :)

My dad and the grandkids...I love this photo.

We headed to the store on camp and bought the ingredients for lunch which was made by dad...chicken curry. Boy was it good. I love my dad, he is always goofing off with everyone.

After lunch, we all hung around inside, just relaxing and chatting. We did take the kids to the camp pool a few hours later (you'll have to wait for those pics lol)

My grandma just relaxing :)

And that was it for day two at the Kruger National Park. It really is a place for you to go and get away, to be free of tv's and cellphones and all the craziness of everyday life.

We took the kids to the Camp pool later in the day and then the next morning we got in the car and headed to Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie Campgrounds....loved both. I'll share those photos tomorrow :)

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  1. I love all the pictures Sandra especially you with the coffee cup in hand ;-) as well as the children with their grandparents.Have a great day.

  2. Love the pictures. I'm like you, only with coke :)...

  3. Anonymous12:51 PM

    Great photos. Hugs and Blessings.

  4. Wow, those are amazing pictures! What a fantastic trip it must have been.

  5. Love all the photos and the commentary! What a wondrous trip :)

  6. Love the pics!


    Steak burgers came. Saving them for the holiday here in Utah on the 24th. Will blog and link up then!

    Soooo excited, lol!

  7. Since most of us can only dream of ever seeing this for real, these photos are the next best thing. Amazing photos. I love the giraffes and your dad with the napkin on his head made me laugh out loud. There was obviously no wind that morning. :-)

  8. Love the pics, thank you for taking the time to share them all. I know it can take a while sorting through vacation pics :) Love the giraffe's, oh and the wild chickens, seriously how did you spot them!

    I can't wait to see the rest.

  9. Your entire family looks like they were having so much fun! I love all the pictures. I am anxiously awaiting the next batch.

  10. So beautiful!!! Your family looks like they had a great time. And, I just love the print on that shirt you're wearing. BTW, I tagged you :)

  11. "Awwwwww how fun!!!" Don't you just love connecting?? When it is your family thats the best!! I really enjoy looking how fun your family is Sandra, I want to meet YOU...lol!!

    Come by and see pictures of South Lake Tahoe...and read my adventures day...lol;-))


  12. Anonymous5:03 PM

    Sandra, the last time I was online regularly, you were barely thinking about this trip, and now you've been able to go!! I am so happy for you, and it looks like it was a wonderful, amazing vacation!!!

  13. What beautiful pictures! And how amazing to see all those animals and enjoy time with your family at the same time!

  14. Your Dad sounds like a lot of fun! How can a guy who puts a napkin on his head for some shade not be a hoot!

    Love your pictures and story Sandra. It's the closest I'll come to Africa.

    Love your purple shirt btw.

  15. Your dad cracks me up! What an amazing experience!

  16. Love the pictures.Looks like a wonderful time..

  17. Wow, what a beautiful place! What a great experience for your children - your pictures are awesome!

  18. Your dad is so cute with his 'hatkin'!
    I enjoy going to S Africa with you...hopefully I can see it in person someday.

  19. There is something unforgettable about African sunrises, isn't there. The colours are out of this world.
    This was a real trip down memory lane for me, Sandra. It is years since I was at the Kruger now.

  20. Sandra, thanks for the journey through your trip. It's been great!

  21. I'm far behind in catching up with your life since I've been gone these 3 weeks! So I'll start with today and work backwards...the African Photos are fabulous! I am the coffeeholic in our family, too. The warthog sure is one odd looking beast!

    Hope you're able to fix the computer...yes, they contain sooo much of our lives. HATE the BSOD (blue screen of death). Had it happen earlier this year...now I try to backup the important things like photos. Much luck to you.


  22. Anonymous10:37 AM

    What fantastic pictures! Thanks so much for sharing these.


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