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Greetings from South Africa

Happy New Year, everyone!

I'm remote blogging today from the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in South Africa. After spending a week in Cape Town for a college friend's wedding, I've ventured inland in search of animals.

So far, it's been incredible and I've seen most of the animals I was hoping to see including lots of zebras and a few giraffes. On last night's game drive, my first, we also encountered a herd of ticked off elephants. I was surprised when we followed them, and am more so now that our guide has confessed that he'd truly been scared they'd attack. He suspected that a, shall we say, frisky bull was after the females and that that's what had them stressed. Fair enough, but I'm hoping that was the last Jurassic Park moment of the trip.

As I write this, I'm sitting on my porch watching impala prance around in the distance. It's pretty surreal.

Lest you think I'm completely off topic, I did check out the lodge's gym this morning. I haven't actually worked out, though. There was a bee. (I know, I know. An elephant "mock" charges me, and I still manage to snap photos, but a teeny little bee sends me running. Go figure.) I did go on a one hour bush walk this morning. That has to count for something.

In Cape Town, I managed to squeeze in a few beautiful runs along the water. I was amazed at how active everyone there seems to be. There were tons of runners and bikers, and Garmins chirped all around. I suppose that's not so surprising in a beach town, but I'd never seen that kind of mainstream athleticism outside the U.S before.

I also dropped in at Cape CrossFit. It was quiet because of the holiday season, but still a pretty awesome experience. CrossFit is a community as much as a workout philosophy, and it was cool to see just how global that community is. On January 1, that toenail that I'd been concerned about finally snapped off. I've decided that the fact that I'm way less fazed by this than I thought I'd be must mean that I'm really a runner now. Perhaps it's also a good omen for the year to come.

I'll keep you posted.

-Gym Belle-Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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Reader Comments (1)

enjoy your trip... sounds amazing..

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercassie

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