We are both retired and about to set off on another life adventure. Our children have grown up, flown the nest and we are ready to enjoy our retirement! Quite where the journey will take us, we are not sure yet, but we hope it will be exciting and any readers we may pick up along the way are welcome to come along for the ride.
We have camped for around 30 years or even more, progressing through a trailer tent,
a VW transporter with tents ( for the kids), through four motor homes. We started our blog about Billie Bailey, our Bailey 740 SE motor home in 2012. For any interested parties here's the link to our blog about Billie's Adventures.
We finally decided that it was the time to move on and go back to basics. We traded Billie for a new IH panel van conversion and we took delivery in April 2015. The birth of a new van April. It's a girl!
In October 2015 we made our first truly exciting journey, camping in the wilds of Botswana, in a hired 4 wheel self drive camper, with a tent on the roof. We travelled with my husband's adventurous sister and brother-in-law who live in South Africa. It was a mind blowing trip and far removed from our usual jaunts. We travelled through the Kalahari and stopped at camp sites which were really just trees in the desert. We saw elephants, literally by the hundreds and watched African Wild dogs with pups relaxing in the bush. We encountered blister beetles, hyenas, hippos and crocodiles whilst we drove through thorn bushes, sand dunes and along gravel tracks. We experienced sun, sun, blistering heat and the chilling desert winds. We stood under sausage trees, drank endless cold cokes and listened to animals in the wild under the stars with the electrical buzzing of insects in the trees and then silence. We stood by the Vic Falls in the cooling spray and wondered at the fishermen brave enough to risk the torrents of the mighty Zambezi for a fish and pondered on the stupidity of tourists risking life and limb for a selfie.
Check out the 2015 Beautiful Botswana bits of the blog posts. Sorry it's in 4 Parts.
In November 2017 we set off on another African adventure, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, this time by ourselves courtesy of the The Worldwide Motorhoming Holidays from The Camping & Caravanning Club . The escorted tour was full so we decided we would do the same route, solo. Knowing what roads in Africa were like, we opted for the 4 x 4 vehicle which was a Toyota Hilux, with roof tent. We survived 37 nights on the road and returned still married! A tough trip but so much fun we want to do it again in 2019. Read our full blog for all the details and pictures.
Our latest bookings are The Baltic States May/June 2018, Greece Summer 2018, Iceland Summer 2019 and of course Africa again in October 2019.
Now out on the road in our IH panel van conversion April.
More adventures to follow. A Chinese proverb says "Every journey starts with one small step". Follow our small step who knows where it may end?
Lots of fun to come!!
Denis & Lesley