Here we are on the cusp of a new year which I hope will be filled with good cheer and good health. 2019 has been a very good year leaving behind some special memories.
Tops among them is an African adventure. After nearly two days of travel the hubby and I arrived in Zimbabwe where we stayed just long enough to renew our energy.
We did take time to visit the remarkable Victoria Falls which thanks to the just completed rainy season was its powerful best.
The highlight of the trip was Botswana where my dream of staying in a tent camp came true. These modern day facilities provide a far from roughing it experience.
Seeing animals in their natural settings was thrilling. There was no shortage of elephants as Botswana is home to the largest population anywhere. Since we were there, the ban on hunting has been lifted because of their numbers, and it’s sad to think of those magnificent creatures becoming someone’s trophy.
It was hard to pick a favorite animal as each had its own unique characteristics. I was drawn to zebras and was amazed to see how differently they are striped.
Giraffes with their long eyelashes and soulful eyes had a special appeal. Their spots seemed as different as the zebra stripes.
From the bush, it was on to Capetown with all its marvelous offerings. There were penguins galore with antics that were quite entertaining.
What I liked best was the amazing Museum of Contemporary African Art. The building converted from silos is a work of art itself.
Africa is a place that has worked itself into my heart. A visit there is always full of new adventure. I just wish it were a little easier to get there.
Next up was a granddaughter’s high school graduation followed by a promised trip to Spain. She wanted to see a castle, a flamenco performance, learn about Spain’s history, have a cooking class and try new tastes. Somehow we managed to work all of that in!
After Spain, it was time to go to Maine where my heart sings a happy song. Hours were spent on the water exploring the magnificent coast.
Always there was time to frolic with friends and family whether it be at home or a country fair or a tasty farm to table dinner at any one of several wonderful locations.
The only down side of this summer’s time in Maine was this innocent looking caterpillar. Its hairs are air born and cause incredibly irritating rashes that take forever to go away. Hopefully, by next year the caterpillars will either be gone or there’s some protection from their toxin.
After a fast and furious few months, it was back to Houston where we had to unpack all those boxes that had been prepared for an anticipated move. More about that later, but suffice it to say that all has turned out well and we are happy to be staying in place.
2019 will soon be nothing more than a chapter in the story each of us is writing, and we will move on to whatever happens next.