Thursday, July 29, 2010

~ Welcome To Zambia, Africa ~

The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, although he never visited the falls and died before construction began, he expressed his wish that the "railway should cross the Zambezi just below the Victoria Falls. I should like to have the spray of the falls over the carriages."

The bridge affords a magnificent view both down the gorge on the one side and through to the falls on the other. The immense depth of the gorge can be fully appreciated from this perspective and combined with the sea green river below, the shiny black rock face and lush green foliage, the 360 degree view from the bridge is breathtaking.

The Falls can be approached from the town of Livingstone by traveling south on Mosi O Tunya road for some 11 kilometers. Just before the border, there is a turning to the right which leads to a parking area. Walks all around the Falls are accessible from this point. If approaching from Zimbabwe, cross the border at the town of Victoria Falls and watch for the left turning just after the Zambian customs post.

And these are some of my 'friends' that I hopefully shall see on my safari mission.

Hereeeee, kitty-kitty! Oops! I'm running as fast as i caaannnn ... nice kitty!

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all get along so beautifully ...

Oh, dear, this is our taxi waiting for us, be back later!

Nothing is more soothing that the soft gentle rush of water ... don't guess we'll be doing any canoeing here ...

At the end of a beautiful day, we are blessed with the sweet sound of natures call of the wild.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

~ Anticipation & Excitement ~

I have hi-jacked Dottie's journal today ....... HI DOTTIE, IT'S MARYDON!

Just pretend that wee girl is Dot standing on the good 'ol USA ...
She's getting ready to throw her 'chalk' about 1/3 the way around the world ... Oops! it landed on AFRICA ... YUP!

She's heading out in just a mere few months on a mission, maybe even a safari (don't forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, pepto bismol, listerine to kill the bugs, dramamine for motion sickness when you are riding the elephant ... chuckle). If you could only KNOW the anticipation that fills her daily. I get such a kick out of hearing her joy in just getting each step taken care of ... shots, itinerary, chatting with associates she'll travel with, etc ... the excitement wells more with each conversation.

** Since I love history I am sharing with you the origin of this wonderful childhood game of yore **

Game origin (Can't tell me you all knew this, cause I sure didn't)
Hopscotch began in ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire. The original hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long! Can you imagine that? They were used for military training exercises.

"Hey, Claudius! how bout a game of Hopscotch?" "Okay Brutus, but first I have to put my gear on! Hang a minute and wait for me?"

Roman foot soldiers ran the course in full armor and field packs, and it was thought that Hopscotch would improve their foot work. Roman children imitated the soldiers by drawing their own boards, and creating a scoring system, and "Hopscotch" spread through Europe. In France the game is called "Marelles", in Germany, "Templehupfen" (try saying that three times fast!) "Hinklebaan" in the Netherlands (probably played with Heineken beer cans) "Ekaria Dukaria" (played while while watching Daria) in India, "Pico" in Vietnam, and "Rayuela in Argentina."

In order to begin the game, each player must start with a marker. Common stones were used in the days of the Roman Empire, but in more modern times, items such as bean bags, pennies, and other assorted items were used.

Hopscotch boards were usually found in playgrounds, but if there weren't any, a good piece of chalk could easily remedy that.