Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The weekend of the 10th, we finished our orientation period here at Hands. The girls we've been paired up with for the orientation are being sent off in different directions in the next few weeks so we decided we'd take a day and hit Kruger Park together. Kruger Park is world renown for its amazing collection of the Big 5 plus thousands more animals, birds and bugs. We set out early in the morning, arrived in the park just as it opened and spent 12 glorious hours searching for animals. We had an extraordinary day actually...many times you can go to the park and just see a few different animals. We saw four of the Big 5 - African water buffalo, two black rhinos, elephants galore and a leopard! We also saw crocs and kudu, giraffe and impala, and of course, my personal faves, the hippos. I could sit by the water and watch hippos all day. They're so intriguing to me! These big chubby beach ladies that just float around as if weightless, eyes and ears above the water, watching, watching, watching. They remind me of a big group of plus sized women that haul their young to the beach and plant themselves there for the day, watching each others' kids, catching up on the gossip and floating in the water oblivious to the younger, slimmer animals around them garnering all the attention. They're not flashy and don't often stroll the beach trolling for looks - mostly they stay near the water, watch their children closely and heaven help you if you infringe on their beach blanket. Then it's all bets are off and out come the jaws of doom...huge mouths seemingly full of molars ready to snap on anyone or anything that gets in their space. These are the kinds of women I want to hang at the beach with. Let the bikini babes like the tall, slender African darters stand and spread their wings to dry on the edge of the beach and capture the attention of the muscle of the waterways, those svelte crocodile skin wearing, uh, crocs. Give me a group of ladies who are unashamed of their sizeable ankles, who are there to relax and cool off with the kids, regardless of the company around them. Those are the ones I want to share a beach with.