We woke up snuggling our hot water bottles this morning :) They were laying in our beds filled with super hot water when we came in last night (we're at a really high altitude and it gets quite chilly at night, it was nice to have a warm bed to get into!) We had a pleasant breakfast of fried eggs, bacon and fresh fruit before our morning devotions, then we headed out for a game drive.
First we went to lake Manyara.
We saw a ton of baboons - and lots of baby ones! We also got pretty close to some elephants, saw lots of impala, some giraffes, warthogs, dik-diks, jackals & hippos.
We had a picnic lunch at a pretty overlook before heading to Tarangire.
When we got back it was dinnertime. I ordered the vegetable mussaka with green beans, sweet potatoes and rice. It was pretty much amazing. Seriously, SO good. Dessert was chocolate cake, it wasn't bad, not like the chocolate cake in the states though. the waitstaff were all 'oohing' and 'aahhhing' over Owen the entire time. It was cute. It's been so neat to see him interact with everyone. He makes friends everywhere we go. He's gotten to like our driver, Eric, a lot. He was whining and lunging for him today during the drive & Eric (who's equally enamored with Owen) kept telling me, "Just let him come," (meaning let him come up and sit on his lap while he drove). I finally let Owen go up front and he helped Eric drive for about 5 minutes.
I've really enjoyed getting to know the team better on safari. We kind of have to since we're in a car with each other for a good 8 hours a day, there's no escaping! I feel like I connected with Taylor a lot - she's a really sweet girl, very mature for her age. She's just getting into photography so it was fun to connect with her on that. I feel like I got close to Marilyn pretty quick too - we seemed to click really well. I'm sure the fact that we're both moms, teachers and have hearts for Africa helped :) I'm kinda bummed she's going to be living in Texas because I think we could be good friends. I'm also hoping that Aimee & I don't loose touch once we get back. Spending so much time with them has reminded me how much we all have in common and how fun it is to hang out with them :)