Thursday, July 20, 2006

Alone on the Plains of Wakkerstroom

Thursday, July 20, 2006
I really need to start at the beginning of my South Africa journey and tell you all the highlights, but I am, today, feeling the effects of jetlag and will have to settle for a short post. As I was going through my digital photos from the trip, Liam walked up to my desk and plopped himself in my lap. This is the conversation we had about the photo below:

Liam: "Dad, is that you in that picture?"
Me: "Yep, that's me in South Africa."
Liam: "What the heck were you doing in the middle of nowhere?"
Me: "I was looking for birds."
Liam" "But how did you get outta there?"
Me: "There was a bus about a mile away that we rode in."
Liam: "I wouldn't want to be walkin' my feet off back to that bus!"
Me: "Would you like to be there with me looking for birds?"
Liam: "For TRAINS. Yes. Birds? Nope!"
Me: "That's my boy!"
Liam: "Yep and that's my dad!"

Ohhh it's good to be home.


On July 21, 2006 at 8:59 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Birds, trains, that sounds about right.
Tell Liam there are plenty of trains in SA.
I'll email him a few photos from friends and you can pass them along to him.


On July 21, 2006 at 9:57 AM Bill of the Birds said...

Thanks Ric! I took a video of a SA freight train for him. We watch it at least twice a day.

On July 21, 2006 at 2:02 PM Anonymous said...

Dying to hear more about your adventures in South Africa. When you get back in your accustomed time zone, give us more!!

On July 21, 2006 at 2:04 PM Anonymous said...


It is such fun getting to know your family through your wonderful blog. Keep the Liam and Phoebe stories coming.

On July 21, 2006 at 2:49 PM birdchick said...

You gotta take Liam to Alamogordo, NM to the Toy Train Depot. It was founded by my grandfather, a very crusty old man who loves trains.

There are some great birds and the White Sands Desert.

Being out in the middle of nowhere in South Africa looks so fun, can't wait to hear more. Did you hear Meryl Streep saying, "I had a fawm in Afwica..." in your head while you were there?