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Friday, September 2, 2017

Butterfly Pavilion

Katherine and I went down to the butterfly pavilion to meet one of Katherine's friend and her son. I tagged along to take some photos.

Hanging OnTongue OutTilted HeadRuffled WingsShinyLooking AheadGreen FrecklesSeeing DoubleCurvy TongueTornLittle Bit of YellowOrange on OrangeLittle CrittersHanna and Tristan

Saturday, September 14, 2017

London Layover

On our way to South Africa, Katie and I had an eight-hour layover in London. Accounting for the time it took to get through customs, the train ride into and out of the city, and the time we were sitting at the airport waiting for our flight, we had a total of about 3 hours to wander around the city - and we did everything. Taking the trains, we were able to get to all the cool places in the city and see all the important landmarks. Since I had been to London before, it was pretty easy for us to wing-it and to go to all of the cool places in the city. Since every minute was important, having a little prior knowledge (like what to see and how to use the trains) was really helpful!

It was like a mini-vacation. It really helped to get out of the airport and go sightseeing around the town. I think if we hadn't gone into the city, it would have made the second flight feel so much longer, so we were both glad we got out of the airport and enjoyed our pre-vacation.

The EyeBig BenKatie and the EyePalace of WestminsterGold TipStromy AfternoonWestminster BridgeSeagull PhotobombOn the BridgeBuckingham Palace GatesGate CrestWindy DayOn the BridgeVictoria MemorialGolden StatueBuckingham PalaceTower BridgeDark CLoudsRivets

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boulders Beach and Cape Point

On our first full day, Katherine and I went to Boulders Beach in Simons Town. We originally were going to take the ferry to Robben Island, but the Ferry was canceled because of high winds. A ferry sank the previous day because of the winds, so it's probably good it was canceled since the winds were expected to be just as bad today. We were able to reschedule the Robben Island ferry, so we switched up our plans a little.

After we went down to Simmons town to see the penguins at Boulders Beach, we headed to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. The views were unbelievable and I don't think the camera does justice to how gorgeous the scenery was along the shore.

Jump InBeautiful WatersHeadless PenguinLots of PenguinsFalse BayYoung PenguinHundredsOrange FuzzyChickIn the Foliage BouldersFrom AboveFrom AboveOn the BeachSmall BouldersSmall BouldersIn the WaterKatherine at the BeachSimon's TownSimon's TownFalse BayBlue Skies and WaterClear Skies and WaterCape PointWindy PanoramaLighthouse FailureOn the HillThe PointThe PointKatherine and the LighthouseLots of PeopleCape of Good HopeUp the Rocks

Saturday, September 17, 2017

Robben Island

Katherine and I went to Robben Island, the political prison on the island just off of Cape Town. It's the island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held. It was a unique tour because it was given by an ex-convict of the prison.

Table MountainOn the BoatCape TownLimestone QuarryShore Through the AloeCourtyardNelson Mandela's CellPrison HallSharpEntranceWelkomCape TownFrom the WheelDocksSunset

Saturday, September 18, 2017

Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, Chapman's Peak, and Signal Hill

On our last full day in Cape Town, Katherine and I went to one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain. The thing that makes Table Mountain so cool is that you get spectacular views of the city and coast from so high up. The Mountains in Cape Town were not like the mountains I'm used to in Colorado. The Mountains were only a single range that let you view an amazingly large amount without more mountains blocking your view (like most of our hikes in the mountains in Colorado). Even though mountains aren't anything special to us, this one was.

After Table Mountain, Katherine and I decided to go to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. I figured it would be cool to see some South African flowers. The garden was really cool, and even had a tree canopy walkway, which was really unique!

From The Botanical Gardens, we decided to go on a scenic drive to Chapman's Peak. Chapman's Peak looks over Hoot Bay and had some stunning views of the coast.

Last but not least, we went up to Signal Hill. Just another spot where we could see a lot and got some fantastic panorama views.

From the LineCablewayAt the TopDaisySouth Atlantic Ocean3,558ft.Camps Bay Morning ShadowsMostly FlatRobben IslandTall GrassAlong the CoastLions HeadCape TownBlue OceanOn the LedgeSnack SnatcherSunny NowAt the TopWestHigh UpWaves at Camps Bay CurvatureBirds of ParadiseYoung GirlGreen GrassDelicate FlowersSour FigForest LillyTree Canopy WalkwayBrightCliviaSpring TimeAfrican DaisySea of MarigoldsNoordhoek BeachMisty CloudsHout BaySignal HillTable MountainAll of Cape TownAgainst the TreeTall Buildings

Saturday, September 19, 2017

Garden Route Game Lodge Day 1

Today was the first day of our safari. We had 4 days of safaris between 2 different private game reserves. Garden Route is a pretty small reserve, but it was really cool to be able to drive pretty short distances to get to the animals.

Butting HeadsRunning BuffaloElandBull ElandStare DownStare DownBeautiful EyesAbout to NapHidden in the GrassSnack TimeFast GazelleFast GazelleChapman's ZebraDazzle of ZebraWhite RhinoMother and SonOn the HuntHippo Chomp

Saturday, September 20, 2017

Garden Route Day 2

Today was our second day on safari at Garden Route Game Lodge. We had 2 safari game drives, one in the morning, and one in the evening. In between, we walked around the fenced-off part of the lodge looking for birds, and we also went over to the reptile center to learn about the reptiles in South Africa.

Foggy MorningClear SkiesZebra for BreakfastTasty SnackFat CheetahsFood ComaDazzle of ZebraMorning SunWhere's the 4th?AwakeFuzzy EarsSnack Above the TreesHumpStressedTaking a WalkPairSmall ChaletsWildComing AliveLeucospermumLittle BudsLittle BudsStripedClimbingOut of the WaterCape WeaverAcaciaGiant TurtlePlotting our DeathsOrange Cape WeaverKudu LagerLunch RoomPurple and YellowThe GateSkull GardenBaboonGreat HornsTall GrassSafari VehiclesChaletsRoof ThatchingBlue CraneUp HighGemsbokBig Eared KuduMale KuduEating the GrassShort GrassCape WeaversElephant FeedingElephant FeedingDinned By Candle Light

Saturday, September 21, 2017

Garden Route Day 3 and Sanbona Day 1

Today was our last day at Garden Route Game Lodge. We were okay with that because we went right from Garden Route to Sanbona. Sanbona is one of the largest private game reserves in all of South Africa. It was a bit pricier, which is why we didn't go there all 4 days, but the 2 days at Garden Route and 2 days at Sanbona seemed to be perfect.

Playful ElephantsMorning WalkIn the WildIn the GrassSmall FoxLong NeckRed EyesHead OnFlappy Neck ElandZebraKudu in the BushesBig and Little BirdRed Aloe VeraSanbona VehicleOryx in the WildThe Kudu and the OryxEating BreakMissing a ChunkKudu RemainsWatchingJust EatenRelaxedWith the CheetahOur Abandoned VehicleSunsetOutside the Vehicle AgainTogether in AfricaOrange Sun

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sanbona and Hermanus

Today was our last day at Sanbona. We got up and went on our last safari. In the afternoon, we drove to Hermanus to do some whale watching. Unfortunately, the winds were too strong, so we weren't able to get on a boat to find the whales. Instead, we went to a recommended viewing point to see if we could spot some whales on our own. Unfortunately, we didn't spot any.

The TentsHazy MorningBaby YawnMale White RhinoA Few RhinosHippo YawnRhino and the HippoThrough the TreesOryxMorning Hot ChocolateHot DrinkWalkingTraffic in AfricaTower of GiraffesTower of GiraffesHippo JawWhite BirdElephant Watering HoleBluffsHermanusBlue OceanCurved Earth

Saturday, September 24, 2017

Cradle of Humankind

We flew out early in the morning from Cape Town to Johannesburg. As soon as we landed, we got a car and headed to the Cradle of Humankind where we learned a lot about humans history on this earth and saw the caves where archaeologists found the oldest human remains. It was a lot different than any other caves that Katherine and I have been to. Most caves we go to in the States are about the features in the caves, where this tour was all about the fossils found in the cave. The other difference is most caves tell you to strictly not touch anything and stay on the path, but this cave had very little rules on what you could touch, which is good because I like touching things.

HandHomo nalediJaw Bone15+ IndividualsCradle of HumankindLucyHomo heidelbergensisHomo HeidelbergensisLightsParanthropus Boisei SkullPPE For LifeInto the Cave We Go!CavesUncharted WatersLow Ceilings

Saturday, September 26, 2017

London Layover Part 2

Katherine and I had another long layover in London, so we decided to venture back into the city. We made it back to the Eye and Big Ben, then on to Westminster Abby, and then to M&M Wolrd and the Lego Store. It was a little more relaxed than the last time.

At the Eye AgainDark TunnelFrom the Lambeth BridgePurple FlowersVictoria TowerBright FlowersGolden FlagsWestminster AbbeyWest SideNelson MandelaThe National GalleryThumbs UpLionKatherine and the LionM&M WorldWalking the WalkGlamorousSugar Sugar Sugar!The Tube of LegosConcerned ConductorOn GuardLego CityBig Ben's ClockLondon's DragonTo Build...

Sunday, September 30, 2017

Autumn Aspens

Even though we were still jet-lagged and I had more than enough photos to edit from our trip to South Africa, I wanted to go up into the mountains to take some photos of the changing aspen trees. There are only a few weekends that the trees are golden and we were at the end of that window. We woke up and go to Rocky Mountain National Park early so we could get a parking spot at one of the hiking trails. Our intent was to hike to Alberta Falls since we saw a lot of aspens when we hiked it in June, but we couldn't get a parking spot. We pulled off on the side of the road wherever we could and I took photos. There were more than enough spots for me to take photos and I'm happy with the way they turned out.

On the RocksFew Orange LeavesMulti-coloredClear SkiesAutumn in RMNPThree TrunksRocky PanoramaOne Dead LeafTree TopsMixed TreesSea of YellowThe Road to ColorColor on the HillSide of the RoadMaples and the AspensBright LeavesTrees on the HillAutumn PanoramaEdge of the TreesKatherine in FallStill GreenDead PatchesOrange Patch

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