I woke at 4AM this morning and decided to stay awake, listening to the sounds of Africa and staring at the stars beyond the Mashatu tree that loomed above our campsite.The kitchen noises began an hour later, soon to be accompanied by the sounds of people showering and getting their luggage together.I’m just not ready for this adventure to be over. It’s almost scarey how much I wish I could stay. If someone walked up to me and said, “Heidi I have a job for you in Johannesburg” I’d say YES in a heartbeat. A heartbeat.
I woke this morning to a bright light flashing in my eyes.My first thought was, “Why is someone wearing their head torch after sunrise?”When the light flashed again, I realized what was going on.Davey had located my camera and was happily snapping away as we slept.He was particularly cheeky this morning, taunting Evvy and me with a secret stash of biscuits and making us giggle so hard that our eyes teared from the effort of trying to be silent so the rest of the camp stayed asleep.
Davey’s pic of me, alseep
We campers rallied around 7AM – but it’s difficult to do otherwise when the rest of the wild world wakes with the sun.In the cot next to me, Matt muffled beneath layers of his sleeping bag, “Someone tell all those birds to be quiet.”
Matt’s Wake Up Call
Road Trip to Botswana
The long drive to Botswana kicked off this morning, and somehow Evvy, Matt and I scored a spot in Davey’s truck.The good part was a more intimate setting than the minivan, but Davey had a few logistical errands to run and our positions in Davey’s truck meant we had to run those errands with him.First was a stop in Pretoria to get a truck hitch installed on the pick-up, so the four of us passed the time in a nearby café with hot chocolate. Next, we had to swing by a mall to locate pretty African-like soaps for all the guests.This involved Davey speed-walking me through the corridors of the mall from one shop to another until we found what we needed.