Page 5 of Ron Darold Travel Blog Posts

Africa » South Africa March 28th 2008

Geo: -24.9705, 31.5099We flew back to Johannesburg where we rented a car for 3 days. Weimmediately headed out to our game lodge in the Sabi Sands Reserve nextto Kruger Park. We had a tight schedule as it was a 5 hour driveand we had 6 hours from the airport to get to the Game Lodge in timefor our 4 pm Safari. We couldn´t believe that Thrifty Rent a cardid not have a map for us. We finally found a poor map at one ofthe other rental car agencies and promptly headed out on the hugefreeway that took us to our destination. What a maze of roads isthe freeways in Johannesburg - very confusing. We were so pleasedto finally get out of the city area and enroute on our freeway. The freeway narrowed down to a 2 ... read more
Happy Hour on Safari!
Ron, Darold and our guide Marcus
White Rhino

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban March 21st 2008

Geo: -29.853, 31.0164We stayed on the 14th floor of this incredible condominium with abreathtaking view of the coast. The centre of Durban to theright, the beach in front and the Eastern Coast sprawling to theleft. Iny was so gracious as a host. We can´t thank her andher family enough for coming to our rescue with a home exchange whenour exchange in Cape Town feel apart. What a lovelysetting. We enjoyed some wonderful restaurants (Il Maurice, BeanBag Cafe & more) and took turns cooking gourmet meals, enjoying theincredible view from the balcony. We rented a car and took a dayto explore up to Zululand, learning about the Zulu culture and anotherday to Shakaland in Durban. Shakaland was a mix of a wild waterpark with an aquarium. The week flew by.Easter Sunday we enjoyed a champagne brunch on ... read more
Meeting new friends at our condo
Greeting the king at Zululand
Our dance teacher

Africa » South Africa March 17th 2008

Geo: -34.1072, 18.4706We moved to the coast for 6 days next to a wonderful beach. It was a great spot to launch our explorations of the Southern Cape and the Wine districts.... read more
Penguin Colony
Penguins everywhere!
Care to join me in a swim?

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 8th 2008

Geo: -33.979, 18.5102Cape Town is where we started our African Adventure.... read more
A view of Table Mountain from our guest house
The real Table mountain!
View of Cape Town from Table Mountain summit

Asia » China » Shanghai March 5th 2008

Geo: 31.23, 121.47We took a train trip after 3 incredible days in Beijing - packed with adventure and activity. The train was very modern and comfortable (2nd class) and travelled throughout the day so we could enjoy the Chinese country side. Watching the Chinese countryside was fascinating. Every inch of land was developed. We passed cities, villages, industry and agricultural areas. It was a challenge to figure out how the land allocation was done with the workers (it has been leased to worker groups as far as I understand). Take a look at some of our photos from our Shanghai adventures (cough, cough - that is the smog)!... read more
Fields enroute to Shanghai
Fields enroute to Shanghai
Workers in fields enroute to Shanghai

Asia » China » Beijing March 2nd 2008

Geo: 39.9056, 116.396On March 1st we travel to China. A long flight with a layover in Brisbane. We arrive on the March 2nd into Beijing.... read more
Entrance to the Ming Tomb
Ron and Darold on the way to the Ming tombs
A Government Factory making Beautiful pots

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach February 15th 2008

Geo: -20.2679, 148.716We made it back safey, having rode out the tropical storm in Cid Harbor for 2 days. Water dripped through the hatch on our heads as we slept and we bounced through the night but our anchorage held. We returned to Airlie Beach and heard about the damage that occurred here as they were unprotected from the Northerly winds. We were amazed. At least 36 boats were tore from their moorings or anchorages and smashed onto the rocks on shore. Some were luckier to be washed on to sandy beaches but the damage was in the millions. Many sad stories of boats that were not insured but even ones that were will never give the owners what they had before the storm.We stayed at 2 Home Exchanges that were condos with pools. The first ... read more
Close up of Sailboat washed ashore in the storm
Down the boardwalk to the right from our condo
More of the 36 boats destroyed in the Storm!

Oceania » Australia February 8th 2008

Geo: -20.2196, 149.025As you know how much we love sailing, we chartered a bareboat from Airlie Beach for a week from Feb 7th to 15th. When we sailed we caught a few days of mixed sun and rain where we had some fun adventures; snorkelling, hiking and meeting all kinds of new and strange Marine animals (huge sea turtles, tropical fish, stingrays flying into the sky and phosphorous plancton that lit up the night waters like a star filled night). We even woke one day to discover squid (that fly apprarently) on board and in our dinghy. We found a fourth squid (after another unpleasant day where the smell was getting gruesome) behind the head (toilet). He somehow flew through the 4 inch by 6 inch portal and crawled behind the toilet - unseen for a ... read more
Hill Inlet with Whitehaven Beach in the distance
One of many sea turtles in Tongue Bay
One of the 4 squid that flew into our boat

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 30th 2008

Geo: -33.8671, 151.207Loved Sydney. Our second time here - 20 years later! Unfortunately, we had rain all week but Sydney is such a dynamic city there is lots to do even in the rain. Caught a lot of theatre; Billy Elliot, the musical (Loved it), Burt Bacharach live at the Opera House and a new gay musical, Hello Again (not so much).... read more
Darold ready to by some refreshments
Ron at a Fountain in Kings Cross Area

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 30th 2008

Geo: -42.8827, 147.33We had 3 wonderful days visiting Tasmania (Jan. 27th to 30th - way too short) where we met our gracious hosts Rich and Patrice Ervin. We had lots of laughter, wine and adventures with the sage advice of our fabulous hosts.... read more
Downtown Hobart
A Tasmanian Beach
A Tasmanian visitor - loved the cat food!

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