Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
St Augustine observed, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
In 2013 Joy and I connected with an engaged, energetic travel group — on a Bucket List Kenyan safari. The trip began in Nairobi where we visited a sanctuary for baby elephants followed by a giraffe observation deck where we rubbed noses with gentle giants.
We slept in tents and grew accustomed to chastising monkeys overhead. We learned about the Maasai tribe and we giggled through daily Range Rover excursions finding unspeakable beauty.
Joy and I even caught sight of the elusive African bushbaby. Or at least we think we did.
Being self-proclaimed street-smart girls, we are a bit embarrassed to tell you about this little side adventure….
We had casually mentioned to one of the resort workers, “Oh, how we’d love to see a bushbaby. They are SOOOO cute!” Little did we know that these creatures only come out at night. And little did we know that this resort fellow would be shining his flashlight through our tent window at 1AM that very morning jarring us awake, “Come, come. We find bushbabies!”
So, picture this — Joy (Manhattan born and raised) and I (with NYC and Chicago roots) in our PAJAMAS and our Nordstrom’s sandals – following this perfect stranger with a flashlight into the African bush. At 1 AM! To find a bushbaby – which for all we knew was as real as a unicorn. And yes, we left our passports and cash in an unoccupied tent. So much for street smarts.
At the first rustle in a tree we yelled “YES, there’s a bushbaby alright!” And we scurried in our designer sandals back to the tent – certain it would be ransacked. Assuming, that is, we made it back to the tent!
Five years after, we still can’t believe that we put ourselves in such a precarious situation. But oh the laughs we’ve shared since!
This was the trip of a lifetime. A whole chapter from St Augustine’s book.
And it begs the question. What’s in your Bucket, travel-wise? National Parks? Wine Country? Israel? Paris?
We Baby Boomers are known for our hip replacements and knee tweakings so we should probably make plans while we can.
Yes, there will be missed flights, luggage snafus, and scary turbulence. But that’s what Xanax and Bloody Mary’s are for!
I doubled my Xanax dosage for this flight.
Check out the clouds. And propellers…….. really?
So let’s start depositing our pennies in that travel savings account. Because we don’t need more STUFF.
What we DO need is mind broadening experiences, memories that cause you to giggle when no one’s around, and a renewed appreciation for this wonderful world.
And maybe a bushbaby sighting.
Today’s Takeaway –
- Find a travel group that keeps trips affordable and life affirming. And does the legwork for you.
- Take short getaways to visit relatives and friends. But as my mom used to say, leave them wanting MORE of you — don’t overstay!
Enjoy the ride!
xox Barclay and Joy