We both woke up today feeling pretty ok after the race. We slept a really long time – I think Chris might have slept close to 12 hours! Not as much for me, as I was up blogging before bed and woke up earlier than he did. Felt good to have some solid sleep.
We had a lot of choices for what we wanted to do today – some people chose to just sleep and go eat meals, some people even went for a run (stupid?). We started out the day with a late breakfast and then went on a nature walk. I learned a lot on the nature walk! After the nature walk, we joined some friends for archery – you can rent bows/arrows and we even had a guide who kept score. Girls vs. boys and girls won!
After archery, we had lunch and then went on an afternoon game drive, and were all in our jeep ready to go and then one of the group organizers asked two people to get out and move into another jeep, so Chris and another friend of ours got out – she was already volunteering and no one else was, so he did. I knew the people I was riding with and he knew people in the other jeep, so no big deal. We both had very different experiences – I saw an crocodile and hippo and Chris saw elephants and a cheetah (jealous!). We both saw giraffes, zebra, impala and rhino. This puts Chris at 3/5 and me at 2/5 for Big 5 animals. Shoot. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow!
At night, we had a celebration party with all 300 runners there – they made a neat video recapping the run and had a dinner with an open bar and dancing. It was fun to spend time with all the friends we’ve made here. There was a group of about 6 of us that wanted to make a pact to do either Great Wall Marathon or Petra Desert Marathon together in 2018. So maybe that’s next? We’ve for sure got the travel bug being here and just want to keep doing more exciting trips – I think we both agree it was too long between Nepal and Africa for us..
On our nature walk, we learned that a male impala will mark it’s territory in this way – they’ll create a boundary of droppings and keep stopping by it to poop there over and over again to keep it fresh and remind other males of their territory. Other males should only enter if they want to get in a fight for the females.
Here’s Chris on our nature walk – Still walking, the day after 26.2!
We stopped at this tree to learn about tannin from trees. If an animal is eating too many leaves from a tree, it’ll start to release more tannin- this will make the leaves taste more bitter and discourage the animal from eating the tree. Nearby trees will detect the extra tannin and might start to release more too. The ranger said that a lot of trees do this, Dad – do you know anything about this?
After our nature walk, we decided to play archery with our friends Will, Val and Rebecca. It was a nice way to spend time outside not running or walking.. 😉
On the afternoon game drive, Chris and I rode in separate jeeps – I saw this rhino.
We both saw this giraffe, our jeeps were close by during this time.
Pretty Africa shot, don’t you think?
Giraffes have been reminding me of my Great Aunt Esther – she collected giraffe figurines, and when she died everyone who went to her funeral got a giraffe to remember her by.
Chris loves these warthogs – they’re like Puma from the Lion King, run around all funny.
Chris got to see elephants on his drive, I didn’t. I’m really hoping I get to see one before I leave Africa! These crossed in front of his jeep, you can see the jeep he was following ahead of the elephant that’s to the left.
I like the elephant in the middle with it’s trunk down.
Chris saw a cheetah too! Lucky!
Mr. Lion again – he sure loves to check things out around town..
Kinda an artsy photo Chris took during the game drive of the driver with a giraffe in the background..
After the game drive, we had a celebration dinner – here’s Erin, Corelien and Will. Erin was 2nd place female and Corelien was 1st place female.
These are our friends Scott and Mark – they’re actually from Des Moines, Iowa!