Saturday, April 25, 2009

The best things in life are ELEPHANTS!

Is there any feeling in the world that's better than fulfilling one of your dreams/life goals? I seriously doubt it. One of my life goals was to go on an African safari and see an elephant in the wild. Guess what! I DID IT!

My African safari was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! To be soooo close to wild elephants was absolutely thrilling. It was a walking safari, too... infinitely more exciting than a driving safari. If you're not stepping on antelope shit and walking on the same path as warthogs and baboons, you're not a real adventurer, are you?

To see an elephant in the wild sent chills down my spine. I think the experience was made about 1000 times more amazing by the fact that this has been my DREAM for so long because I looooooove elephants more than I could possibly say. It was freaking amazing to be walking within 50 meters of such beautiful, amazing, wonderful, magnificent, dangerous creatures!

After the safari, I sat at the look-out point by the pool, which had a spectacular view of the valley and the elephant watering holes. Five elephants were splashing around the watering hole. Antelopes danced across the grass. A warthog and its baby plodded along on the hill a few feet below the look-out point. A monkey was fooling around the tree right next to me. I couldn't believe how fantastic it was. Honestly... five real elephants? My smile was huge. Only in Africa!

I'm a very happy girl right now. VERY happy. I'll write more about the safari when I go back to Accra. In the meantime, I've been bitten by the travel bug again, and I can't wait to explore the rest of Ghana. There is still so much to see! I have no idea when I'll go back to Accra. School doesn't reopen until 4th May, so I still have like 9 days of vacation or something. I bet I can see a lot in 9 days! :)


Anonymous said...

Hey,its Connie.... glad you are having fun....are u taking pics? cuz i want to see the Elephants too! hey maybe i will get to see u when i come out to CA in July...u are in my prayers always....Luv ya!!! :)

DeeDee said...

That sounds awesome Kate. Can't wait to see some pictures!

Laura said...

AHAHAHHAAH KATE!! how freakin' awesome!! Ohh, darling, I am soooo glad that you were able to FINALLY go! If anyone should see the exotic, foreign, make-you-dance-with-giddyness things that you described, it is you!!! Oh, I am so thrilled to be reading about it! I am traipsing over to your FB to look at pics in a minute!! yay!!