Karoo to Addo
Unfortunately I didn’t get much sleep during the night. I was too excited about the day ahead.
This was to be the day I would meet my dear friend Lionspoon
Many years ago when I was a nervous newbie cammer, Lionspoon was always there with encouragement and support
As time went by we developed a real rapport and became great mates
So we hatched a plan to meet in Addo and now the time had nearly arrived.
All Dad and I had to do was complete the drive from Karoo to Addo in one piece
I took a parting photo of the Karoo camp as we headed for the gates and the outside world again.
We saw some amazing scenery on the drive to Addo
But after several hours driving we were so happy to be welcomed to Addo Elephant National Park
At this point I could barely breathe with nerves and excitement.
Just through these gates we would soon meet Lionspoon
It was about 1.30pm by the time we parked the car at reception. Dad stayed with the car while I went in to get our keys. There was a bit of a queue but finally I got to the counter and it wasn’t long before the lady gave me a big smile and said, “Here are the keys to Rondavel #1 and enjoy your stay”.
As I thanked her and turned to leave a young woman in the queue behind me said “Don’t go anywhere just yet”.
I was a bit perplexed and it took the cogs of my brain a few moments to register what was happening.
OMG, could it possibly be Lionspoon!!!???? YES it was!!!!!
And by then we were embracing and jumping up and down and embracing and just staring at each other in wonder to be finally meeting in person. Even though we were interrupting the check-in process of all the other guests behind us it seemed that they also shared our delight and there were smiling faces all around looking at us
Then it took a moment to realise that Spots was right behind Lionspoon too. So there were more embraces and even some happy tears leaking from my eyes.
How wonderful this moment was!
Eventually of course, we had to get back to practicalities
Lionspoon and Spots still had to check in, and they said that RonnieL was waiting outside reception, so I left them to it and went back outside to meet up with Dad and try to find Ronnie.
I scanned the faces of the people in the carpark. Then I saw a man with a beaming smile walking towards us and yes, it was Ronnie!!!
We introduced ourselves and by then Lionspoon and Spots had finished checking in and we all stood around talking excitedly. It was close to 3pm by then and I’m pretty sure it was one of our new German friends that suggested we have a Castle
So right then and there we all cracked open a tinnie and toasted to the meeting of forum friends in real life
I don’t think a beer has ever tasted so good, even at that early hour of the afternoon
Over the ceremonial beer-drinking, Lionspoon, Spots and Ronnie told us they had seen lions earlier in the day and asked if we wanted to go and try to find them? DID WE EVER!!!!!
So after finishing our beers we quickly drove to our rondavels, unloaded our gear and set off again to find the lions