Hello! It's been awhile...

Hoping everyone is doing well and finding Joy in some form or fashion.

Gearing up for more travel seems to have inspired me to trot out the ol’ blog once again.  As I say, it’s been awhile and it feels really good to revive the old girl.  We shall see how it goes.

Last we were together, I was somewhere in New Zealand and my blog had begun to feel to me more like work than joy, so instead of modifying my approach, I just stopped altogether.  Lesson learned.  Balance in all things, right?

From New Zealand, I traveled on to Australia where for 6 weeks, I enjoyed visiting Victoria, The Northern Territory, Queensland, and New South Wales.  I loved it all, but feel Victoria was my fave, particularly along The Great Ocean Road.

March 30th found me happy to be home with my critters in a little slice of Western North Carolina heaven.  It was a fantastic trip no doubt, though a little long to keep up that pace of travel.  Another lesson learned, well, I guess the same lesson, really. Balance in all things.

Fast forward through a lovely summer to the Generous Now Moment where I find myself gearing up for two more exciting trips.  First up is England and after that, another epic winter trip, this time to the continent of Africa.

Pretty soon now I’ll be heading to England for about 5 weeks.  I’ll stay just a couple of days in London before heading North to catch up with a gal I met last year while walking The Camino.  She will be showing me around the Yorkshire Dales which has been on my list of places to visit for many, many years.  After that, I will head south for the “main purpose” of the trip: Southern England,  far southwest Cornwall aka Penwith, and The Ancient Stone Circles and Energies found therein.  Yay!  The cover photo which I snagged from the interweb along with most of the other photos on this post, is a stone circle called Boscawen Un, in Southwest Cornwall.  I can’t wait!

Now, on to the Winter Adventure!

The Pyramids of Giza.

My Winter Adventure will be 3 months in length (as opposed to 4.5 months spent in NZ and OZ) and will take me to Africa beginning with a Retreat in Egypt utilizing a number of the Ancient temples up and down the Nile including the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza.  From there I will enjoy a week relaxing on the Sinai Peninsula and snorkeling in the Red Sea in an effort to place a buffer between the doings of the Retreat and the rest of the trip.   

Below is an internet stock photo of Sharm El Sheikh, where I’ll be staying on The Red Sea.  These resort type places are not generally my cup of tea at all, but that’s about all that is available there and Sharm is where the world renown snorkeling is, so…when in Rome.  

Spoiler Alert:  The resort I chose is called, The Sultan’s Garden.  How very, Arabian Nights!

From Sharm El Sheikh, aka Sharm, I move on to Uganda where I will find SO MUCH JOY in visiting with a family of Mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, WhoooHoooo!  I have been wanting to see the gorillas since I saw the Diane Fossey movie, Gorillas In The Mist, way back in the mid to late 80s.  Anyone else with me on this???

From Uganda, well technically from that point, I will fly from Rwanda to Johannesburg, South Africa.

I am so excited about my South African road trip!  Been thinking about this for years as well.  I’ll rent a car in Joburg and will take about 4-5 weeks to wind my way around the eastern part of the Country, stopping here and there (including Kruger National Park and maybe even Swaziland, now Eswatini) before ending up in Cape Town for a couple of weeks before flying home.  (aerial view below taken from the internet)

There are so many bucket list items on this Winter Adventure.  My cup runneth over again and again.

Realizing I am completely overusing the word, excited, I’ll say it again, I am so very excited about both of these trips and look forward to sharing as they unfold, so stay tuned!

PS.  I just bought a new/used “Africa Camera” in anticipation.  My last Africa camera was purchased for my 2007 trip to Kenya and Zanzibar.  That camera had 12x zoom.  My new one has 60x zoom.  Wowza!  National Geographic, here I come!!!  Not really of course, but I’m excited nonetheless.  🙂 

PPS.  Below are two of my favorite photos from that 2007 trip.  The first is my all time favorite photograph I’ve ever taken, ever.  I took it out in the middle of (seemingly) nowhere on the Masai Mara when our van had to pause for a few hours at a washed out bridge.  Many curious people from a nearby yet unseen village came to have a looksee.  The joy and innocence of these two young women has stayed with me.  What a delight it was to see their happiness.  Talk about finding joy…  Even though it may look as if they were posing for me, I can assure you they had no idea I was taking their photo.

The second photo I took when we were departing Amboseli Park.   My group had the good fortune to witness the reunion of a lioness with her  pride after what we were told must have been a long absence. I’ll never forget either experience.

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Comments:

  • Karen Torres

    August 13, 2023

    Margie, you never disappoint! Looking forward to the adventure through your lease & eyes! Stay safe & keep posting!

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  • Marcia Bronson

    August 13, 2023

    I do enjoy your travel blogs and look forward to vicariously traveling to these fascinating places!

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  • Paula Inman

    August 13, 2023

    Thank you for sharing your adventures with the rest of us.

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  • Zac

    August 13, 2023

    Margie!!!
    I love this blog posts so much!
    Really really jealous about Uganda and S. Africa.
    We did this exact Joburg to Cape Town road trip in about as much time as you are planning. We took a tour of the Ponte Building in Johannesburg – quite interesting. Great vibrant city with the craziest drivers I’ve ever driven encountered
    If you have any opening in that trip I highly encourage you to stay at a permaculture farm outside of DeRust called Numbi Valley.
    Eswatini was delightful but I don’t remember where we stayed.
    Can’t wait to read more!

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  • John Twomey

    August 14, 2023

    You are an inspiration! I still want to run into you in a bar in Mombasa. One of my life goals. We are off to Greece and Italy for the month of October, Armenia next spring and Chamonix next summer. Maybe a trip to the Nordic countries in 2024 as well. I’ll buy beer at the PR if you get to Raleigh. Keep up the great work.

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  • Pam

    August 14, 2023

    Love your blog. Keep in touch and look forward to reading about your adventures
    Pam

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  • Anonymous

    August 14, 2023

    Your adventures are better than Austin Powers!
    Marilyn

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  • Marilyn

    August 14, 2023

    Your adventures are better than Austin Powers!
    Marilyn

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  • Hill Goodman

    August 14, 2023

    Well I’m excited too! Those last 2 photos and their stories are very cool.

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  • Beth Cutting

    August 14, 2023

    Hi Margie! See you soon int ‘Dales xx

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    • Margie

      August 14, 2023

      Yes! See you soon in the Dales! Can’t wait!

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  • Tena

    August 15, 2023

    So happy we had time for lunch before you head out. See you on the farside and will travel vicariously with you to see marvelous things no doubt ✨️

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    • Margie

      August 19, 2023

      Happy we have a “get together” on the calendar for soon after my return from England!

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