The last day.
The day I like least of any journey.
A journey that does not end.
An explore which is infinite.
That is what my heart desires.
It is our 3rd day at ‘Die Lapa‘.
We arrived on day 8 of our journey, exploring the Blue Crane Tourism Route.
We’d seen and tasted so much.
Chris Wilken, Lincoln & the immense work of the Blue Crane Development Agency.
Stephan, Vega, Somerset House & Janet.
My & Theunsie’s first fly-fishing catch.
With tough pioneers & history & nature.
Esther & her nursery and tea-garden and guesthouse.
Liza & Kokskraal & empowerment rooted in love.
The 5th day of our journey well spent on meeting more beautiful people.
The 6th day of our explore spent on visiting places that carry our names.
‘Theuns se Winkel’.
Seeing ourselves in them.
Or something of ourselves.
A family larger than our own.
An instant friendship.
The last leg of our 10-day explore.
But first we discovered Walter Battis.
Festah & Die Kaia.
We discover the resilience of the human soul.
Its unseen & unrecognized radiance.
We had the entire day 9, enjoying the adventures of this eccentric world.
Jannie & Wilna’s little village created from Karoo dust, rock & wild imagination.
Today we say goodbyes.
Not only to Jannie & Wilna & Wilmarie.
We say goodbye to this experience.
A moment, never to be forgotten.
Wilna serves a hot breakfast.
Jannie takes us to see the Honeymoon House, this romantic soul’s expression of the beauty of shared solitude.
The children of our Tribe enjoy the exuberance of Wilmarie & Die Lapa’s horses.
A last bit of exceptional.
Lunch is served.
As if this place also does not want to let go of us.
We talk about how life is never what we expect.
It is never painted in the easy on the eye pastels of cultural conformity.
It is energetic.
Filled with the opportunity to be creative.
To find ways.
Of making sense.
Of getting beyond.
We talk of the wonder of filling your life with the things you enjoy.
Making that your work.
I increasingly hope.
We talk of doing something in which you find meaning.
Something you value.
Doing it in every moment of every day.
For Jannie & Wilna & Die Lapa it is helping people to connect.
And each other.
And their creator.
Then lunch is over.
The Chrysler Grand Voyager is loaded.
And as we make our way home I think about doing what we enjoy.
Making that your life.
I think about an immense experience.
Something beautiful I’ll cherish into whatever age I receive & into new life, again & again.
I think about hope.
Beyond being consumed by living for tomorrow.
Hope in this moment.
In each other.
And this I ask.
For my Tribe.
For everyone we met in these few days.
And everyone who share our journey.
Which does not end.