Thanksgiving 2010 in Drakensburg, ZA

We left early Thursday morning for the 4 hour drive to Drakensburg, ZA, We were going with several other families that Brian knows through work. The scenery was AWESOME. I have never seen mountains so green. I hope to post some pictures soon.
Friday morning Brian got up and played golf with a few friends. Mikaela and I stayed around the hotel playing on the playground. Friday afternoon Brian and I went for a 2 hour horseback tour of the mountains. I don't think Brian will ride a horse again - EVER - but we had fun and the mountains were phenomenal. Mikaela went with a group of people on the Blue Grotto hike. She was carried in a back pack which she thought was great. Curtis, who was carrying her, said she kept saying, "I'm in a backpack!" She does enjoy Dora.
We all meet back at the pool, where the water was FREEZING!!!. but refreshing for a quick dip. I went up to the room on a whim to get a snack and found a monkey in our room! Scared me to death! He found sugar packets, tomatoes, and took my whole lemon and poppyseed loaf of bread! Everyone in our group laughed and said that we were "South African rookies". Obviously it is wide known to keep all balcony doors shut because monkeys will come in your room. lesson learned.
Saturday morning, Brian and I kept a little girl named Kate while her parents did the canopy tour. That afternoon we were to switch kids so Brian and I could do the canopy tour. Brian and I decided that we would do the Blue Grotto hike that morning with the girls. The hike is supposed to take 2 and a half hours up the mountain and down. So we put the girls in our backpacks, the second time for each of the girls but it was our first hike. Little did we know......
The packs with the girls are about 40pounds extra weight and we underestimated "the mountain". I honestly don't know what we were thinking. But we completed the entire hike within 4 and a half hours. We ate a quick lunch and went to the Canopy Tours.
On the Canopy Tours we did 12 ziplines through the mountain trees. It was neat to go over all that we had hiked earlier that morning. I hope to get pictures up later. Unfortunately the videographer was in training so the video and some of the pictures are poor quality. But if you ever get the opportunity to do any Canopy Tour, I would strongly suggest you do it. It was awesome.
Sunday consisted of lounging by the pool. Truth be told, I couldn't hardly walk up the hill after Mikaela rode the pony Sunday morning. The only other time I have been so sore was after the Tarboro Softball tournament. So, my New Year's Resolution early is to get in better shape. If we keep taking such physically demanding vacations, I am going to need to do something!!!! Glad we have a whirlpool! Well, I have written enough for now. Hope to have pictures coming soon.
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of our family and friends! We miss y'all. Love y'all!!!!!!!!

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