Thursday, April 14, 2016

More of Kruger Park "Senior Training"

 Two Hippos in the Olifants River in Kruger National Park
 A large Croc sunbathing

 We saw 4 lionesses taking a nap under a tree - many onlookers didn't seem to bother them.
 As we stopped to eat lunch these next birds were there.  These morning doves were interesting as we watched them spreading their feathers to cool off

 Look at those orange eyes and beautiful shiny blue feathers
 2 more hippos out wandering around
 A herd of elephants we will send a video
 This is a centipede (millipede) who knows look how big.  They grow things big here.
 I get a real delight in seeing the different road signs as this one is a baboon crossing sign
 This sign is letting people know they are not allowed to set up stands along the road.  You see stands along the road everywhere.
 I have been wanting to get a picture of a Sable Antelope this one happened to be through a fence along the highway as we left Kruger National Park, but look at those horns.

Namibia and beginning "Senior Training"

 Here we are at the airport as we finally arrive in Namibia
 Before leaving Johannesburg, I asked if I should take an umbrella - they said no it hasn't rained in Namibia for quite a while, as we get off the plane (and you have to walk to the terminal) it was raining.  If they only knew how blessed they would be if they would allow more missionaries in.  We came with President and Sister Wilson, us, and two more missionaries.
 On our return to the airport we found these baboons sitting on this metal post (comfortable)!

 A picture of a Warthog crossing in Namibia
 Stopped to get gas right outside the airport in Namibia, this is a sign, notice the dirt road, though it was funny.
 We are now going on a game drive for our "Senior Training", this one happened to be the night drive.  You see different animals, but you can't take any pictures because it is too dark.
 This was on the game drive the next day, these are cape buffalo and we were able to see many, quite the animal
 This is a steinbok

 I thought this tree trunk was interesting
 All the couples in our mission,  Far left President and Sister Wilson, us, The Campbell's who will be leaving in another month, the Gublers who will be leaving, in September, and the Halls who got here in February.
 This tree is thousands of years old, there is one just outside the park they figure is 6000 years old.
Herd of Cape buffalo

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bits and pieces

Natalie, Does this flower look familiar?
 Had to take a picture of their transportation system.  They loved it and smiled for us.

 Two women who consented to have their picture taken dressed in their native dress at the post office in Namibia.  They are called Hereros
 Mom was shopping in Namibia and found this beetle on the floor.

Namibia Body Shop

Kind of out of order but here is a picture of the body shop from across the street.  Elders Reynolds and Williams.

On our way to Namibia

Just as we were about to leave for Namibia I found this little critter on the floor.  
 Could not resist taking a picture of Elder Basima as we entered the airport.  He was on his way home to Botswana and we were on our way to Namibia.  He was so fun to have around.  We will miss him greatly.
 It was just before sunset.  A beautiful sky just outside our lodging in Namibia.  Note the electric wire.
 Found this guy across the street from the chapel in Namibia.
 We were doing so yard work at the Namibia flat and mother found this.
 While in Namibia we visited the flats making minor repairs.  Here is a picture of the famous toilet seat.  It was broken so we picked up a new one but I just had to have a picture to remember it by.  This was a couples flat.
 We traveled to Namibia and I was told I just had to visit the body shop.  I have spoken with them on the phone but never seen the establishment.  I just had to take pictures.  This car had front end damage and as I arrived with the two missionaries we found it was being washed.  I took a picture of the car but really wanted you to see the surroundings.

 I have been looking for some time trying to get a picture of the fast food delivery service.  McDonalds and KFC are two of many that deliver by motorbike.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Trip to Botswana

 Slept in my first thatched roof  room at Tati River Lodge
 Look at this sign, you see one about every 15 miles, they are telling you that a "rest stop" is coming up in 1 km.  Their rest stop consists literally of 1 tree and a cement picnic table.  A picture of the "rest stop is a couple of pictures below.
 We encountered 5 of these police stops on our way from Gaborone to Francistown, most of the time they just wave you through.  However on our way back we were stopped and asked for our drivers license, they are not use to seeing American Drivers Licenses.
 In this picture you will notice the animals on the side of the road, as we have mentioned before, they are all over in Botswana, and you do not want to drive at night for this very reason.  These happen to be a herd of goats, but we encountered herds of cattle all over.
 They call Botswana the bush country, so I took a picture so you can see what they are talking about, this is pretty much the view from Gaborone to Francistown, Botswana
Now here is the picture of the "REST STOP".