July 27 - Road trip

I was changing out our halyards for tag lines, as the boat will be sitting here at the ZYC gathering coal dust and we thought a 3.5mm line would be better black than our halyards, when Anne called and invited us to take a road trip to Mtunzini and the Umlalazi Nature Reserve. It was a beautiful, sunny day, we put on our shorts and T's, and locked up the boat. The ride was a short one, as the Reserve is just south of Richards Bay. The countryside was beautiful. We saw miles of sugar cane fields, in different stages of growth and harvesting. Straight, even row upon row of eucalyptus trees, and the palm nut tree once we were in the park. We also spotted the following (with the eagle eyes of our friends): fish eagle, tasseled eagle, squacco heron, gray heron, duiker deer, pied wagtail, zebra, African snake eagle, Vervet monkeys and the African ibis. Great stuff. We stopped for lunch at the Fat Cat Restaurant, which has a beautiful view of the valley and ocean. Coming back to the ZYC, we drove thru the outskirts of eMpangeni a bit, but most everything was closed as it was a Sunday. Another wonderful day with friends showing us some of the countryside, and I got out of doing anymore boat work. :)
Pic: Michael & Lawrence up close and personal with mama and baby, while the girls watch from the car.

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