Finishing up the art project, and thinking summer….

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Another 100+ day.  Mostly sunny

We received “the call” that we have been anticipating today….that our campground reservation for Big Bend on May 1 has been canceled.  We also heard from our Nova Scotia friends, Tony and Jenny, with whom we had planned to travel this summer, that the Canadian/US border may not be reopened for quite a while.  With all of that in mind, we have decided to change our summer camping plans.  Instead of going to the Northeast, we will go north to hopefully less densely populated areas.  Our idea is to find a campground/RV park where we can camp a month at a time.  Our logic is that it might be less “germy” than to be in a more transient situation.  We spent a week in Durango, Colorado one year and would like to return there.  We also sped through Wyoming and Montana last year,  and might return there for a more leisurely experience.  Finally, we are also looking at Minnesota – to see family and friends.

So – if anyone has any campground/RV park recommendations for Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and northern Minnesota – send them my way please!

We will probably stay here until the end of May, to see if the coronavirus is more under control by then.  George found a homeowner who will let us move our Airstream to his covered porthome driveway.  That will keep the blazing sun off the Airstream while we wait out this virus.

Today was the last day of our artwork project.  The main wall in our living/dining/kitchen area has 3 photo groupings.  I showed you the first two on the left yesterday – with photos of our housesitting assignments all over the world.  The vertical one on the right is the one we re-did today.  It had held a newspaper article from our Rochester, Minnesota newspaper about our travels.  The newspaper was getting yellow and wrinkly, and we were tired of looking at it.  So, we substituted a collage of some photos from our trip to Africa this past fall/winter

The top photo is the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, which we took from Southampton (near London) to Capetown, South Africa.  This photo was taken from Lisbon, Portugal where we stopped for a day.  We climbed to a scenic viewpoint at the top of the city and looked down on the port.

The cruise was 17 days long, and we really enjoyed it.  After the cruise,  we spent about 10 days in cosmopolitan Capetown staying at a centrally-located AirB&B.  We loved it!   From there, we flew to Botswana, and took a tiny 6-passenger airplane to a safari camp on the Okavango Delta.  The staff – cooks, waiters, cleaning personnel, and guides – all greeted us with a song….

Each day we traveled with our knowledgeable guide to look for animals, and animals we certainly did see! 

We flew to a second safari camp with a slightly different environment, so spotted even more animals.  From there, we went Victoria Falls, one of the largest in the world.  It is on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  It was magnificent!

Finally, we went to Kruger National Park in South Africa for a 3rd safari.  Then, returned to Johannesburg for a 3-week housesitting assignment there, taking care of 2 nice dogs.

Great memories!  This photo collection will help us to remember our fun times there.

DINNER:  We celebrated our last Friday night together with our Canadian back-door neighbors.  They like a particular hamburger place, so we picked up some take-out and enjoyed it with them. 

BOOK:  I finished another book in the Rhys Brown lady British detective series – “Four Funerals and a Possible Wedding”.  Very light.  4 stars out of 5

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