|A hazy view of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mts.|
|Miss Penny, sleeping the day away. Could she be any more cute?|
Besides, the two houseguests who've already visited did not care a fig about unpacked boxes or that we are still sans couch and bed. They were happy to see us and to spend time with us. Our first visitor was my younger sister who is stunningly beautiful, motivated, hilarious and, at times, wise for her young age. (Oh, to be 23 again!)
Our second visitor was an Antarctic friend, now living and working in Africa, home for a brief time in NY to see family and friends. I asked her a ton of questions, learned a lot, and I've been dreaming of gorillas every night since. I need to get to Africa to see the big critters! I've seen rhinos, tigers, lions, lemurs, cheetahs, baboons, hyenas and once even fed a giraffe, but they were all in zoos. I want to see a majestic elephant in the wild, flapping its huge ears, encouraging a young one to move along with its trunk. I want to watch a big cat on the hunt, crouching close to the ground before leaping to run after its intended prey. One of these days, I do hope.
|Giraffes at the Wellington, NZ Zoo|