Saturday, August 6, 2011

I lied

it wasn't the last post about the safari -

for some reason the group photo didn't make it into the last post-

and then I remembered that I hadn't posted this sign from the border of Botswana- which I found quite enlightening... NO LITTERING...

and finally- will the last one in their tent turn out the lights....

a good time was had by all -

Friday, August 5, 2011

a few more

finished the Zimbabwe photos - the last of the group of safari Africa and thought these worth posting-
our second cheetah and a few other good ones:

these guys were hanging out- doing their lion thing...

keeping them in their place - Big Daddy....

 another group on another termite mound

a big paw print showed us which way to find them.... 

then some cool reflections of animals at watering holes:

and a nice photo of a jackal:

the sun went down and the elephants came to the pool to drink- and the pool went down 15" by the morning...LOL

so I think that is it for the safari part of the trip... and I am pretty sure I did the highlights of Vic Falls- so I am on to the South Africa photos to do a photo book of those....

I have to get this finished this weekend because I have business meetings all (my) work week and then TB and I leave for Canada on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

rounding out

the IPNC experience- all the way around- the last year (by consensus) after Phil doing 18 and me 10 - our friends each five or more----

but here are some parting shots - good memories - just that we all have other places to go and things to see on our lists and none of us is getting any younger-

our group this year- Steve and Kathy Holmes; Duke and Cathie Deegan; Steve and Phil Friedman; me and Suzanne Lubarsky Friedman:

the rabbit terrine course from Friday night dinner-

the Oregon albacore course from Saturday lunch:

Friday night dinner venue:

an interesting wine from Friday night dinner- blend of Austrian white varietals:

Saturday night salmon bake - desserts - lots of them and then venue photos:

and finally - I think I mentioned time with old friends- and here is one of our wine maker buddies at his "studio" - Eric Hamacher and another of the wines at Argly where we spent time with buddy Rollin Soles-

I know- I know- there should be a photo of Rollin but we got to drinking some lovely new rose sparkling and I forgot to take a photo... so a shot from the wine tasting room will have to do-

we will all undoubtedly be back to Oregon wine country - but we agreed this was the last IPNC... good friends and good times...

back to Africa

at least for a moment- since I am not on the computer where the IPNC photos are loaded....

so where were we?  oh yes- we were leaving the delta and coming to the Lufupa River camp in Kafue National Park in Zambia.  our impressions of Zambia are very positive as this was the nicest of our four camps both in terms of facility and staff as well as the food!

our camp staff greeting us upon arrival! - we found out they LOVE to sing and dance and even ASKED to do the Hokey Pokey--- LOL

some of the small touches around the lodge that made things so special here 

our accomodations were fabulous - a view of our tent and the river from our front porch:

for those of you following the saga of where my mother has gone since her death last December - she has the view in the middle photo as one of her "resting places."

the first night we came upon three male lions hanging around until sunset - here are a few photos:

later that day on our "red light" night time game drive back to camp was when we saw our leopard of "leopard anniversary" fame - and this guy below greeted us the next morning- while we were doing our morning game drive before the tsetse flies drove us crazy and back to camp.

they do controlled burning in the park so as to attract the grazing animals to green shoots which sprout up a few days after the burn.  this gives the grazers something to eat and keeps the food chain in good shape during the dry winter months-

the camp is located at the convergence of the Kafue and Lufupa rivers and has an amazing array of birds- and more hippos than you could count!

being a fan of waterfront - I loved this place!

our time in Kafue was over quickly and soon it was time to leave Zambia for Zimbabwe but not before we had added cheetah and leopard to our list of sightings thanks to Sam - the best guide we had on the whole trip in any country!