Its been a hot wet summer.  All I can say is thank the gods for air conditioning.

Random Fall Photos

Technically there are three more weeks of autumn, but with Christmas upon us I thought I should get these photos  up while they are still barely relevant.

Giving Thanks.

I am thankful for a lot.  Not the least being the mellow but festive weekend we had together.  No family.  Just us six.  Was a nice, low key way to enjoy our first Thanksgiving in years. The turkey results were mixed.  While it was eaten in its entirety between Thursday’s feast and hash Friday night, […]

A look out my window

Its been an odd autumn.  The weather has been nutty with the hurricane and the early snow storm that both took place the last few months.  I hear the summer was super hot and wet.  So apparently that combination of weather factors has produced a rather anti-climatic foliage show this year. Its been dull.  Leaves […]

Last of Summer

Its been a screwy last few months for us, a lot of travel and big changes.  Time has passed off speed.  Some things seem like they happened ages ago and others seem if it were yesterday.  But the end of summer is here and although we have no real context for it, having spend most […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Georgie

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the first in a four part series. Georgie’s part This vacation was great!!!! I was just so excited for Easter Island but I was so bummed about all […]

Day 48 – day 52, London or hitting the proverbial wall

I am not sure  if it was because we had been on the road so long, moving from winter to summer, or because of the huge crowds, but we really didn’t do London.  We had a cool house in Chelsea right on the Kings Road that made getting around on bus and tube a snap.  […]

Day 42 – day 47 , Capetown, South Africa

Of all the places we went on this trip,  Capetown was the biggest revelation.  We had always heard that it was a cool town but we had no idea how beautiful it was.  Its spectacular.  It is most definitely in my top three most beautiful cities I have been to (Rio, Capetown, San Francisco).  Along […]

Day 39– day 41 Odd Balls Enclave, Okavango Delta Botswana

We sadly had our last meal, a yummy protein laden breakfast with Brent and crew before we left camp one last time.  Brent drove us to an airstrip where we met our transfer (another light aircraft) that was going to take us to our next stop, a rustic camp on the delta, Oddballs. Oddballs is […]

An aside

A couple of random thoughts about this part of the trip.  I learned that my mothering instincts are intact and maybe I am not as lazy a parent as I thought I was. I was a bit nervous at times that one of these wild animals would harm my kid.  We got very close and […]

Days 38 – day 43, Mobile Safari in Botswana

We were driven early in the morning to the Botswana border where we cleared immigration leaving Zambia, ferried over to Botswana where we witnessed the smuggling of alcohol across the border as seen below. After we cleared immigration in Botswana, which was basically signing a guest book, we drove to the Airport in Kasane where […]

Day 35 – day 37 Livingstone, Zambia,

We had a perfectly civilized morning departure from Joburg to Zambia.  Our travel would have been seamless if it hadn’t been for the one hour and 30 minutes we spent in an immigration line at the airport in Zambia.  While we weren’t required to apply in advance as US citizens we still needed visas for […]

Random Photo

Thats Cal…being random, making himself a plank, as he is prone to do sometimes. Below find another photo that is more disturbing than random.  Yes that is Henry looking pissed (an a bit like Beavis), and yes that is Georgie, broken down like a rag doll in the middle of the street.  Dont worry, there were […]

Where in the world is this? (Day 34)

Doesn’t Conde Nast do a feature like this?  It’s the N3 near Moii River in the East Cape of South Africa.  We knew that with 13 countries, 20 flights and various other forms of transportation that we couldn’t expect all our logistics to run without a hiccup.  After surviving benign delays due to volcanic ash […]

Day 29 –day 33, Johannesburg and the Drakensberg

We landed at the crack of dawn and were awaited by a very cheery Henry (not my Henry who is neither cheery or a licensed driver) who picked us up and delivered us to a  bed and breakfast that was located in a suburb nearby the airport (big fan of this, when staying for just […]

Day 28, Cairns, Ayer’s Rock and Perth

Today was a big travel day.  We traveled the length of Australia in order to board a plane for the much-awaited Africa part of the trip.  We left steamy Cairns early for a flight that was going to take us to the outpost of Ayer’s rock in the Northern Territories (this spot was more south […]