This morning we awoke to a sound that has been with us for almost two
weeks. The waves crashing against the rocks. We've grown to be lulled asleep by the sound after an initial irritation with it.
Monkeys were climbing on the balcony at Bob and Lesley's house. We sat on a veranda and watched them irritate the dogs this morning.
Last night we had a Braii with Jeordie and Sophia from our previous
visit. They had left the same morning as us and went hiking off Hogsback - the location that inspired the Hobbit. Unfortunately, Sophia grabbed a rock to haul herself up a hillside and it loosened and rolled onto her. It cracked her pelvis. They were about 2 hours into the hike and Jeordie had to run back all the way to seek help. She just got out of the hospital and Bob and Lesley are graciously letting her recover in their home. Quite an ordeal and a clear reminder of the safety that we have enjoyed while on our vacation.
Today we board a plane in East London (our Sunday noon) then travel to Johannesburg, tonight we board and travel on an 11 hour flight to London, UK, then make a quick 2 hour turnaround to Jump on a plane in a different terminal to Toronto - this 7 hour flight will get us into Toronto Monday morning. After a few hours we will connect to Thunder Bay and HOME to our own bed and showers and all that we love.
Being in the weather may take some acclimatizing. We've enjoyed beautiful sun and heat and only last night got to experience amazing thunder showers over the ocean.
In so many ways, we feel like this has been the best vacation we have ever been on. Yet in other ways, we know it has opened the door to a new way to travel and there will be new different experiences that we are looking forward to having.
More than anything, we truly appreciate the country we live in and the lives we enjoy. This experience has opened our eyes to the blessings that we are showered with. We've met interesting people and heard wide ranges of stories. It may take some time to reflect and get 'the scrapbook' together. There is no doubt that the Transkei region of South Africa is one of the most beautiful regions in the world and we came to appreciate the beauty of the people who wear their dignity after so many decades of oppression. Sadly, we fear for the peace of the region. As electricity brings media and the fantasy of hollywood, the unrest will grow and it is not likely that the experience that travellers have these years will last too many.
So if you were ever thinking of doing this trip....DO IT NOW. We'd love to share our tips with you.