New Updates and Pictures

Hey, everybody!

Susie here. Just a quick note to let you know there are 3 new updates on our Chrysalis Girls Club blog, so if you’re interested, click on the link in the left column to check them out.

Also, 7 new photo albums have been added to our Picasa website, including pictures from our massive vacation with Bob and my family. (Click on our “Photo Albums” tab at the top of this page, then follow the link to see all of our online pictures).

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the tail-end of summer, as we’re relishing the last bits of winter! Will write more soon about our vacation with my family and other recent Peace Corps adventures. 🙂

Double-Double Your Vacation (Part One)

Wow, it’s been a while since we’ve updated our blog! I guess that’s what happens you go on two incredible vacations, eh? It’s time to start catching-up…

Mid-Service Vacation Part One: Bob!

On June 19th we left our village to make our way to Pretoria. We picked up Bob at the airport on June 21st and took him to our favorite backpackers to crash for the night.

Ben let me celebrate being on vacation by getting long African braids! Only took 3+ hours and four different people to make it happen, but it was totally worth it. Just something fun I’ve wanted to do for a long time!

On the 22nd we drove west to Upington, South Africa, just south of the Namibian boarder, and crossed into Namibia on the 23rd. What a beautiful country! We went from 44 million people in South Africa to 2 million people in Namibia with barely another car on the road.

The biggest highlight in Namibia was naturally the infamous sand dunes. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Ben was ecstatic about going to the dunes from the beginning, whereas I was excited about seeing the animals in the national parks, so I was more along for the ride for this part of the trip…This soon changed as we drove toward Sesriem Canyon and the dirt-covered hills began to lose their desert vegetation, and our dusty surroundings gradually became a deep reddish brown. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by enormous mounds of rolling sand, beautifully chiseled by the wind in artistic swirls and peaks. Already tremendously impressed, little did I know the best was yet to come. We made our way to the well-known “Dune 45” and began our trek to the top. Once there, Ben didn’t waste any time. He took one giant leap off the top and…

Geronimo!

Bounding down the side of the dune, springing through the sand, Ben demonstrated what this mountain-trampoline was all about. Bob and I were quick to follow. What a rush! I had no idea jumping off dunes could be so exhilarating. I felt like I was flying!

Watch out, Michael Jordan!

We left the dunes on the 25th to head towards Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. From the moment we entered the park, we felt like we were in the Lion King. An elephant greeted us from the side of the road before we were even through the main gate, and the first watering hole we visited had at least 6 different kinds of animals. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!

By the 27th we were making our way through the Caprivi Strip towards Victoria Falls. We had a gorgeous campsite at Zambezi Lodge and the falls were absolutely breathtaking…

Victoria Falls, Zambia

While staying at Zambezi, we drove into Botswana to see Chobe National Park, and were blessed with the most amazing riverboat safari we could have imagined. Elephants crossing the water in front of us, a lion stalking her prey on the shore, water buffalo, crocodiles; it was incredible!

Chobe National Park, Botswana

On the 30th of June we stayed near Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, and enjoyed a mokoro tour. One of the most peaceful experiences a person could ever have…

Mokoro Boat Tour, Okavango Delta (Botswana)

We crossed back into South African and stayed at our village on July 2nd-3rd. It gave us a chance to introduce Bob to our host family and to catch our breath before the next adventure. After putting nearly 6,800 km on our rental car in less than two weeks, we were all a bit on the tired side. 🙂 What an incredible trip, though…So many highlights, so much fun, and such great company. We love you, Bob!!!

Coming Soon…Mid-Service Vacation Part Two: Barr Family!