Thanks to her dear friend and gentleman extraordinaire, Burt Cassity, for giving her SkyMiles to come and my daughter Emi, for booking her ticket. I am so happy she is finally here.
I have looked forward to this for 3 months and so excited to get her for 30 days. We have quite the itinerary and she is going to help immensely with the work of the mission. Mostly she will love and become friends with everyone she meets.
Below is her leaving Salt Lake City on the morning of the 4th of November and then arriving Johannesburg 30 hours later on the evening of the 5th. She had good caretakers along the entire way.I am using the blog as a place to keep track of Gram’s visit. Since she will be here for a month, I am trying to capture all of it and keep up on her adventures day by day by posting a picture or two each day of things we were able to do in the mission and in the city. (Look, like mother...like daughter...we even dressed the same!)
|It was wonderful to go through a temple session with Gram as part of our weekly routine. We meet our various missionaries in their respective zones at the temple weekly and it was very special to have my mother sitting by my side. Also, my son Brady has been doing more genealogy and he sent over some more family names and so we were able to do a mother and daughter in our family tree today....as mother and daughter.|
We found a little time to take a walk through the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden. This is so beautiful in the spring, with everything in bloom and the waterfall flowing.
Day 3: A day in the Cradle of Humankind at the Rhino and Lion Park Nature Reserve. Known as "The Nearest Faraway Place" which is a privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares which was opened to the public in 1990.
You can view rare and endangered species. The reserve falls within the Cradel of Humankind Cultural Heritage Site. We took our P-Day and spent 5-6 hours driving and walking around seeing Giraffe's, Crocodiles, Lions, Cheetahs, Elands, Warthogs, Sable Antelope, Rhino's, Ostrich's, Wildebeest, Impala, Springbok, Lion Cubs, Wild Dogs, and even an amazing cave. We had such a wonderful afternoon exploring all this wildlife and spending time together talking and relaxing for a few hours.
|We even got to go in the cages with the 4 month old lion and tiger cubs and pet and hold them! Reminded me of a playful Kona dog! Very fun!|
Day #6: Tuesday November 11th
Today Gram was invited to Tea with Lynne and her mom Veron. In September, I met Lynne Dallender and her darling daughter, Tyler, when she surprised me as a new found friend and brought me the most beautiful bouquet of Protea's for my birthday. It was a unforgettable act of friendship and I was so touched. Now, all these months later, we have formed a lifetime connection and have done many things together.
|Lynne and her family have been so interested in my mom's itinerary and offered to gather in a variety of ways. during her month long stay. Lynne found a day and offered a "Tea" at her home with her mother, Veron. Little did we know when we planned it, that our moms would already have met on the previous Sunday. Veron has been so dear and willing to come to two events already with Gram. They are already dear friends!|
|Lynne surrounds herself and her home with beautiful flowers. Today the King "Pink" Protea and the pink Gerber Daisies graced her table for our tea! Stunning!!!|
We saw Cape Buffalo's, many impala's and monkeys galore. The one below was especially unique and relaxed as he watched us from a nearby tree.
Seeing the hippos by the water was a treat. From a distance they look like sea lions sleeping on the rocks. They are said to be one of the meanest and most dangerous animals. Hard to believe, they seem so slow and happy if they have water and grass.
Throughout the morning, we were lucky enough to see elephants on three different occasions. That is really a treat in the wild.
On the last stretch of road out of the park, 5 Elephants crossed the road right in front of us. If we would have been 2 minutes later on the road, we would have had no idea they had passed that way. We loved our morning in Kruger and were very rewarded by our many animal sightings without a guided tour.