The trip to South Africa was completely magical. I am not even sure how to put the experience into words. It far exceeded my expectations. We saw all of the big 5 (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard & Cape Buffalo). Not only did we see all 5, we were within about 5 feet of 4 out of the 5 and within about 50 feet of 4 lions. It was exhilarating and frightening all at the same time. To hear them, smell them and see these large animals so close was an overload to my brain. Kristi and I had to keep asking each other, if we had really experienced these things or if it were a dream. We saw an amazing range of animal life. The weather and the food were both spectacular and the fun group of people made this one of my best vacations ever.
The trip to the land down under was breath taking. The people were super friendly and there was a lot of great things to see and do. The Opera house, the Bridge and the harbor in Sydney were all spectacular. Cairns, is very diverse. Including rain forest, high plains, beaches and the Great Barrier reef. The great barrier reef was the bomb, everyone loved it. The giant clams were gigantic. This was one of our best trips ever!