Saying Goodbye is So Hard to Do!

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

On January 13th, we said goodbye to Keifer and Lisa Honey as they boarded Air Botswana for their journey back home to the US. As we stood at the fence waving our final goodbyes, I was struck by how bitter-sweet this moment was. Lord willing, we will be in the US for Christmas 2012 and yet it seems a long time away!

Keifer and Lisa arrived on Tuesday, December 27th! We had a huge Christmas dinner at the house that evening and enjoyed exchanging Christmas gifts. However, their bags got lost in the US and only arrived the next day on the 28th, so that evening we had Christmas again! Thank you to all who sent gifts our way!

While Keifer and Lisa were here, we traveled far and wide. On Friday the 30th, we set out on our first journey. We visited Shakawe where our old house is still standing and being used as a private residence, as well as Ngarange where our old house is being used as a church building. In Xaxao, we attended Sunday morning service and were happy to see some familiar faces. The churches across the river have struggled because of death due mainly to AIDS and people, especially the young, moving away to find jobs.

Traveling to Shakawe took us through Namibia, where we were able to see and spend a night with old friends, Johnny and Elizabeth Miranda. In the old days, we would travel from Shakawe to Divundu and buy fuel and food from their garage and shop there. They were so surprised to see us and kindly invited us to stay the night in their guest room. As it was threatening rain, and we did not want to camp in the rain, we welcomed the invitation gladly!

Another favorite site we visited was Tsodilo Hills, the sacred hills of the Bushmen filled with ancient rock paintings. We spent a wonderful day there climbing, exploring, and reliving past visits to this enchanting place.
Once back in Kazungula, we took two days to wash clothes, rest and recover from our long
journey and begin preparations for a shorter one to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. There the fearless three Keith, Keifer, and Elise rafted the mighty Zambezi River and jumped off a 77 story high cliff on the gorge swing, the highest of its kind in the world! Lisa and I choose more sedate activities such as an elephant ride into the wild and shopping till we dropped!

We ended their trip with getting some important tasks done around the house that Keith needed Keifer to help with. They installed metal blinds above my stove to block out the harsh sunlight and put in a ceiling fan in our living room. There were several more projects but we decided to just rest and enjoy Keifer and Lisa’s visit which included a day in the Chobe National Park where we saw numerous animals and birds. Our day ended with an unusual sighting of three lionesses on the hunt and the big male lying in full view of our cameras watching! WOW!

Keifer brought a video camera with him and filmed their trip! Anyone who is interested in the video of their trip can contact him for a viewing.

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