Did the sun rise in Canda?

Trip Start Jun 14, 2011
Trip End Sep 21, 2011

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Flag of South Africa  , Gauteng,
Sunday, September 4, 2011

isn't it amazing how the sun rises each morning and sets each night, no matter what your personal experiences, joy's or grief that you have suffered...
I remember being so upset at the world because it didn't stop moving forward the day my dad passed a way. I was 18 and sat there alone and the whole world kept on going..it didn't make sense..why didn't they feel what I felt? why didn't they care about my sorrow and my loss. Why didn't it matter to them that my future children would never have a grad father, that I would never have a father to walk me down the isle. My life had changed forever and yet the sun rose and set.....
The sun rose in South Africa today. Just like it rose the day after the massacres here, just like it rose the day after Mandela was released from 27 years of imprisonment, just like it rose when he was elected president and just like that, simply moving forward when the sun rose this morning it rose to a free nation. A nation that still grieves and has a lot of healing to do but yet it moves forward just like each day following the next...
Yesterday we got to enjoy some of the beauty of this nation, but first we had to fulfill Mikaels birthday Present. We promised to take him to Bugaloo's Skate park to skate and also pick out a south African Long board! he was one happy kid let me tell you. He got his board and he got to use one of the skateboards to do some tricks in the park and then we headed on out of the city to the savannah. We passed many poor areas that are still recovering and still suffering. People Living in shacks, yet smiling and laughing. Kids playing with soccer balls and wearing SA shirts supporting the SA rugby team who just left for New Zealand for the world champions. (they actually left the day we arrived here there was a huge gathering just by the hotel in Sandton at Mandela square). We arrived at the Lion park and took a safari buss through the bush. It was really great. There were while lions there. White lions are not Albino. Albino's cannot reproduce and have no pigment. White lions carry a recessive gene and are much like red headed people. They are Beautiful!. These white lions are held here for breeding, they were part of the National Geographic movie "White Lion" and have been used in many educational documentaries. Although they have been raised by man, they are still Lions. Last year they killed a man who broke in to the facility.
We learned about the zebras and how their bellies are always swollen due to a poor digestive track and how they release gas that is very potent when poses with a threat or predator. We were lucky enough to see a yellow tale mongoose hurrying across the savanna and I got a picture of him. It was so cool. There were two wild giraffes close by and they come to see the visitors and got some food. It took a long time to lure them over but finally they came and Maija was the first one to see him...she walked away from all of us and went and stood by herself...quiet and patient and a while later when I looked over she was feeding a large giraffe and gently petting him on his head... That girl..she has my soul.
There was also an area called cub world. looking back at the pictures we took all I can say is "what the heck was I thinking" my little man , roughly the same size as these 6 moth old lion cubs cuddling, kissing and petting....my heart is skipping a beat just thinking about it, but it was amazing. What beautiful creatures. Their paw a are almost the size of my hand and their fur is more straw like almost like the panda's fur. It is truly amazing to be so close to nature...
We also saw wild dogs, They are the most endangered species here. There are only roughly 300 left out here as they are killed by farmers. Wild dogs are vicious and dangerous, but still deserve to live in their world. Farmers will track down their dens and cement the close with the babies still inside. The dogs are not related to the hyaena (as hyaena's are actually related to cat's) but they look a bit like them THe wild dogs are related to wolfs.
On the way back to town we stopped by a shopping mall as we are on day for with a missing bag, and it is of corse the bag with all our safari gear. how is that even possible. It is exactly what happened in the galapagos. The only difference here is that they simply can not find the bag. it is completely missing. No tracking nothing. The crummy part is that I indulged once on this trip...got a Prada bag, and I was going to take it on the plane but brought my lager carry on instead and put the new PRADA bag in the suitcase!!! but hey..it;s only luggage and only things. But I do hope it is found but we wont get it before our safari as our small plane leaves in 2 hours.
Anyhow, for dinner we went to Nelson Mandela square and ate a lovely restaurant and enjoyed the night life , it was blossoming with happy faces and overflowing with food and drink for people of all races, colors and ages. A new Africa, a new beginning..And I have a feeling that tonight when we sit in our treehouse in Pezulu overlooking the wild Africa the sun will set and it will be followed by another beautiful sunrise no matter what personal tragedies or joy's the African people will endure....
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