I apologize for not including any pictures in the last few blog postings.  While traveling through Africa we didn’t often have access to the internet.  But now that we’re back in the States and have had a chance to look through the photos, I realize that some of these places really have to been seen to be believed.  The scenery in Southern Africa is mind-blowingly beautiful.  Here are some of the places we were and some of the things that we saw.

Beach Huts in Muizenberg

Beach Huts in Muizenberg

On top of Lion's Head in Cape Town

On top of Lion’s Head in Cape Town

The Wild Coast

The Wild Coast

Cute Local Kids

For most people travel is a luxury–something that is easily “cut-out-able” when things get tight financially.  In the last few years I had forgotten that for us it is something much more.  Travel has made us who we are, both as individuals and as a couple.  However, it is not something that just magically happens on its own.  You have to make it a priority in your life.

South Africa Wine Country

South Africa Wine Country

Welcome to Namibia

Welcome to Namibia

Visiting Karley

Visiting Karley

Solar Cooking

Solar Cooking

It had been nearly five years since our last big multi-month trip and we both missed the joy of long-term travel.  We often talked about taking another leave of absence from our jobs, but never quite got around to it.  During that five year hiatus we had somehow acquired a condo, a car and an increasingly expensive taste in wine.  Life kind of sneaks up on you like that sometimes.

Sundowners with Peter and Karley

Sundowners with Peter and Karley

baboons

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Working on the Farm

Working on the Farm

Even though we’d been both making more money these last few years, we had gotten lazy about saving.  At the end of the month there never seemed to be anything left over for the travel fund.  Finally we both decided to just fully commit to making this trip to Africa our top priority.  I’m so happy now that we did.

Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique

Our Cabana in Tofo

Our Beach Cabana in Tofo

Grilled Jumbo Prawns

Grilled Jumbo Prawns

Sunrise at Tofo

Sunrise at Tofo

It’s been three weeks since we returned to the States and the transition back to our lives here has been seamless.  Yoshimi got both of her jobs back and I actually got a raise while I was away (thank you International Longshore and Warehouse Union).  In addition, my department moved from the Burnside location to our headquarters in industrial Northwest Portland.  My new desk is just a few hundred yards from beautiful Forest Park and its many miles of trails.

I’m now run-commuting to work (five miles each way) and am already looking forward to indulging in some trail running “quickies” on my lunch breaks this summer.  The trails are still a bit muddy, but the days are long and the perfect temperature for attacking the hills.  Now that summer has kicked in there’s no where else I’d rather be than here in Oregon.  Life is good.

If you’d like to see more pictures from the trip, you can check out Yoshimi’s flicker account.  I’m warning you though, her food focus will definitely leave you hungry.

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