Sun, Wind, and Cows on Beaches: An Unforgettable Hike along South Africa’s Wild Coast (Part One)

Nowhere but Africa are you so pampered when embarking into the wilderness, and this is very true for the Wild Coast too. You might think of deserted landscapes and rugged terrain to be conquered by sheer power of will, but in reality porters carry your bags and you walk along mostly flat stretches of beach ending at a nice hotel – and inevitably its bar – every afternoon.

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Paradise

Coming back to South Africa was almost exactly as I’d imagined it.

The red sunset over a dusty city.

The smell of wood fires in the air.

The smiling faces around me.

The feel of a Zulu handshake.

Ordering a whole bottle of Chardonnay with dinner for ZAR 80 which is less than $7.

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Mt. Kili Madness

Next month, September, will mark my 2-year anniversary of having reached the summit of Kilimanjaro.

It will also be the 2-year anniversary of handing over the reins of Alexandra Baseball to my wonderful successors, the Irwin family, after I found out my own family was relocating to the United States.

Just ... 

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Peequality

One of the chapters I had the most fun writing for Kilimanjaro Diaries was the one I named Peequality: The Last Frontier of Women’s Equality. In it you’ll learn of a series of contraptions, each one niftier than the last, which are supposed to help women on the go who, how shall ... 

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Drakensberg

“Which places in South Africa do you regret not having seen?”

That’s the question our friends asked us one day over a glass of wine, after we had learned that we’d be moving soon.

It’s not an easy one to answer. There are a million things we would have liked to do before ... 

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19 Lessons Learned from Climbing a Mountain

Not long after I returned from my Kilimanjaro climb, I went to a talk by a guy who jogged the entire length of India and who makes a living going on such daring and exhausting and a bit crazy adventures and then giving speeches about the lessons he learned from them. I was greatly impressed until it occurred to me that I also can talk about the lessons I learned from one of my crazy (and while not really daring then certainly exhausting) adventures. So here I give you some of the lessons Mount Kilimanjaro has taught me.

  1. Wherever you are in life, it’s always a good idea to plan a new adventure. (But get yourself some good boots and take a few extra packs of wet wipes.)
  2. Everyone needs a mountain to scale
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