A few of you asked about the food and I had forgotten to include that end of the story!
So, we had bought about N$200 ($21.20) worth of food. At the end of our visit, our guide had said we could bring the food over and present it to "the granny" as he called her. The apparent matriarch of the clan. I didn't get much response when I dropped the bag of maiz meal and the bag of corn balls snacks for the kids. I don't think she was overly impressed with the snacks, but it was our guide's idea. She said something to the woman beside her that sort of gave me the idea that she was saying "what the heck is this??" It was kind of funny.
They were however, happy to have the bag of sugar and the cooking oil. Apparently they were planning on making some kind of cakes or something for Christmas, at least that was what our guide said.
Another thing I wanted to mention. They appeared to enjoy the visit and discussion as much as we did. Seemed like it gave them something to do and they were asking us questions as well..."how old are you?", "how long have you been married?", "how many children do you have?". When we answered "Two", one of the ladies wanted to know why we stopped there!
Oh, and this was funny. They don't keep track of age. Most of them have no idea how old they are.
Also, the town of Opuwo itself is really interesting. A totally multicultural town.
Himba lady walking down the main street.
There are a lot of questions we've thought of now that we wish we would have asked. Such an interesting people. Anyhow, let's get back to our drive yesterday...
We did 350 kms (217 miles). A lot of it was on dirt road.
Dusty dirt road. A little slow going in spots.
But then we were also on some nice paved roads. So we're driving along a paved section when Ruth says, "there's a giraffe!"... and there was...
Young giraffe by the roadside.
You could tell he was a little distressed and he was just a young fellow. We drove a few more meters further and we saw that his Mom was on the other side of the fence! Sure hope they got back together okay.
Made it to Domara Mopane Lodge with no problems and relaxed for the afternoon. Then, they do a sunset walk up to their "sundowner deck" where you have a cold drink and watch the sunset before dinner.
Having a drink of Savanna Dry Cider while waiting for the sunset. What do you think of my new Tom Cruise sunglasses. They were only $3.00! Can you tell?! But I needed something, and these were all I could find.
Saying goodbye to another day.
Speaking of saying goodbye. We are sad to hear the news today that one of our long time readers passed away on December 11th.
James "butterbean" Carpenter. November 1, 1935 - December 11, 2013
Our thoughts are with you Joyce.