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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Each week we pick up many new readers, and for
their benefit, right now the Senior Bachelor Search
and Journey is on hold. In the meanwhile the
Newsletters will have interesting travel stories from
readers as well as funny stuff and tidbits. Please
read below the very interesting story from Jenny in
Texas about her visit to South Africa.
Please forward the Newsletters on to friends and
kindly encourage them to go to
www.seniorbachelor.com and sign up for the
Please forward the Newsletters on to friends and kindly encourage them to go to www.seniorbachelor.com and sign up for the Newsletters.
Richard Roe Senior Bachelor
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SANI VALLEY, SOUTH AFRICA- from Jenny (in Texas)
Two years ago, my then-boyfriend, Chris, implored me to join the family reunion at his brother's upscale fly-fishing resort and game ranch in Kwa-Zulu Natal over Christmas. Sani Valley Fly-Fishing and Game Lodge is in the Drakensberg Mountains, just below Sani Pass, the only route into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho from that region.
Chrisí youngest brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Mitzi, manage the resort. Its owner, John Hulett of Hulett Sugar, is also Mitziís father. Hulett began building the lodges in the late '90s. The resort has since become one of the finest in South Africa, especially if youíre looking for trophy-size rainbow or brown trout. At 260 acres, Sani Valley's dam is one of the largest still-water trout-fishing lakes in the country.
On previous trips we self-catered, but this time I'm looking for some pampering, which I know is readily available at Sani Valley. As we round the curve on the road to the ranch and the familiar lake with its beautiful log lodges comes into view, I sigh as though finally arriving at home, sweet home.
Chris and I nestle into one of the Lakeside cottages. The newest lodges, complete with jetties so guests can park their boats right at their back docks, are reserved for his parents and other members of his large family who will arrive in a couple of days.
Our bedroom has sliding glass doors on two sides. When we awaken, we look straight past our feet and watch grazing herds of zebra, springbok, reitbok, blesbok and eland on the meadows below the fynbos- covered mountains. Turning our heads to the right, we see a pond just beyond our back deck. It is almost separated from the main lake and perfect for the wide variety of wetlands waterfowl in the area.
Bird-watching is almost as big a sport here as fly- fishing. One morning, a pair of rare crowned cranes does a mating dance about 10 meters from our bedroom.
I can feel the tension easing as I take in the pinks and oranges of sunrise reflected on the water. Chris is long gone with his fly rods and tackle, while I snuggle back into the soft cotton sheets and fluffy down pillows, and pull up the duvet for another 40 winks. Later, I soak in a tub almost big enough to do laps in. Heaven!
While Chris motors around the lake catching and releasing trout, I eat breakfast prepared by the staff. The maid changes the sheets on the bed and the thick towels in the bathroom, then makes me a thermos of tea and some sandwiches for my game tour with Mkhize that afternoon. Mkhize is an expert game tracker and ranger. He, like the rest of the staff, anticipates our needs before we realize we have them.
Pre-dawn, he tipped the overnight rainfall from Chris' boat- every lodge has one- topped off the tank, then disappeared into the mist. He reappears at 10:30 on horseback, holding the reins of my horse. Four years ago, when Mkhize and I took a similar tour, the game were wary of us. Now theyíre used to guests on foot, on horseback, or in the Land Rover, and let us come much closer. Though the sky is clear, we know a storm is coming as the wildebeest are actually frolicking! I've never seen them so energized. We ride to the top of the escarpment, which is the highest boundary of the Sani Valley Ranch property. The view is breathtaking- rows of ever-paler, blue- grey mountains lie in all directions. The lake below appears almost tiny.
It never fails that when Iím at Sani Valley I finally get it that I'm in Africa. Cape Town is too much like San Francisco; Durban reminds me of Houston. There are American programs on the television and American pop songs on the radio. But when I spend time at Sani Valley, when I watch the herds of free-ranging wild animals graze between these ancient mountains, when I see the Bushman San rock paintings, and when I hear Peterís 4-year-old daughter chatting in Zulu to Mkhize, I finally "arrive" in Africa.
The next day, I get a facial and massage from Mitzi, a cosmetologist and massage therapist, while Chris and Peter go fishing. We have this last day to ourselves before the rest of the family arrives. Late in the afternoon, Chris and I go out on the lake. It is hot and still, which is hard for someone from the northern hemisphere to grasp when the date is late December! The weather changes often in these mountains. Tomorrow will probably be cool, but today is sticky. We dive into the clear water, swim a while, then climb back into the boat, refreshed.
I've never been much of a fisherman, but I thoroughly enjoy watching Chris fly-fish. The sensual, supple way that he and the line move fascinates me. But the fish arenít biting, so Chris switches to a dry fly, casts it and sits down in the boat to wait. We quietly talk, our words becoming fewer as the breeze gently rocks the boat and the turquoise dragonflies put on a show. Chris is daydreaming, gazing at the reflection of the mountains and pine trees in the glassy water, when a huge trout takes the fly. It leaps, flicks its tail at us and is gone before Chris can set the hook. Sani Valley hypnosis had done its magic, our internal metronomes are so slowed down we donít even mind losing a whopper. We have each other, we have peace and quiet, we have contentment- what more could we ask for?
As we lie in the boat in the gathering twilight, a mother otter and her baby approach in the sunset- purpled water. The cautious mother stops and turns away about 20 meters from us, but the curious baby keeps coming. At about 4 meters, he decides he's close enough. Then, realizing that mama isnít beside him, takes one last peek and dashes away.
The following days pass in a blur of family and fun. Siblings and cousins of all ages fish, swim, go for game drives, hike, jump on the trampoline, sunbathe, canoe, play cricket, ride horses, watch DVDs, eat sumptuous meals including the trout they catch, and relax in the hot tubs on the decks of the newest lodges. By the time we leave Sani Valley, all of us are significantly renewed by one of the most beautiful resorts in one of the most soul-soothing environments in South Africa.
The lodges at Sani Valley Fly-Fishing Resort and Game Lodge have 1-3 bedrooms. All have wide decks, and each has an unrestricted view of the lake. Many have covered parking. Amenities in every lodge include under-floor heating, heated towel rails, en suite bathrooms, double vanities, separate shower and bath, original African artwork, a fully stocked kitchen, fireplace, a fully stocked liquor cabinet, TV- VCR-DVD-stereo systems, as well as cable TV. The lodges also feature state-of-the-art kitchens with all of the modern conveniences, including microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Three new units have jetties for the boats, TVs in the bedrooms and hot tubs on the decks. You can opt for full catering or self-catering. Lodges are fully serviced every day.
For more information, go to www.sanivalley.co.za.
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Today I wanted to inform you about the Pampering we can expect!!
Holland America's ships were designed for Alaska cruising, with airy viewing lounges, wraparound decks and private verandahs that offer guests the chance to experience-in intimate elegance-Alaska's glaciers, wildlife and scenery. Here are just some of the things we can look forward to:
Spacious public rooms adorned with fine arts and antiques.
Luxurious Euro-Top beds and premium linens.
Large, extra-fluffy Egyptian cotton towels, plush bathrobes, magnifying mirrors, stylish new hair dryers. Refrigerators, televisions and DVD players.
Fresh fruit in room.
A diverse choice of dining venues:elegant main Dining Room; and fresh cooked to-order specialties in the relaxed Lido Restaurant.
Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining.
Lunch and dinner menus created daily and seldom repeated.
Extensive wine list, featuring wines highly rated by Wine Spectator.
The Culinary Arts Center will have the Master Chef offering tips for preparing salmon 50 different ways.
A new, expanded Greenhouse Spa & Salon with massage rooms and thermal suites.
An interactive learning center.
The largest staterooms of any major cruise line in Alaska.
Cozy wool blankets on each teak lounge chair for comfortable deck viewing.
Complimentary hot cocoa and split pea soup served on deck mid-mornings.
Menus designed to feature fresh Alaskan specialties such as king crab legs and grilled salmon.
A Park Service Ranger on board to provide fascinating commentary on Glacier Bay National Park (wait until you see this!!!!).
A full-time naturalist on deck to provide insight into marine and bird life (amazing), geology, glacial process and natural succession.
A Native Artist-In-Residence program with lectures, small group sessions and hands-on crafts.
The Legends and Lore of Glacier Bay as told by Huna Totem tribal interpreters.
An extensive range of shore excursions, from native cultural tours to backcountry fishing and glacier flightseeing.
Imagine all of the above, plus the camaraderie of the some 100 people in our group, plus another 1,500 passengers on board. Also, Umberto will be on board to take wonderful photos for you (at no charge) and will also be videotaping our Journey!! Daily uploads to the Senior Bachelor website so you can show your family and friends what a great time we are having!
Every night we will have a group activity planned. If you are in the mood to attend, great, if not, no problem. I will share never seen before pictures of Grace Kelly, Monaco, The Palace and The Royal Family, and also a meeting one night about Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood and Film making for any group member who is interested.
We are more than 3/4 filled now, and these cruises always sell out in August. If you know of anybody you think would enjoy this cruise (or the following one August 20-27) PLEASE hit the Forward button and send this message along and have them contact me ASAP.
Should you have any questions at all, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I really look forward to our time together.
Very best wishes, Richard Roe
I love hearing from you about your experiences with PerfectMatch! I share them only with the writer's permission- usually given enthusiastically because they are excited to share their success. Fits nicely with our New Year's Resolution theme:
From Marti- "Richard,
Want to tell you about my success with Perfect Match. I joined at the same time I started planning my trip to Chicago to meet you. David and I emailed a few times, then started two-hour phone calls each night for a couple of weeks, then met in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan immediately after Chicago (my Chicago "tour" included a leaf-peeking week in UP). Since then we have been almost inseparable - almost four months! Incredible! So, yes, I think Perfect Match works, and I have recommended it to a couple of friends. I had tried eHarmony at my sister's insistence for a month, with no luck, and David had tried three other sites at different times over the last couple of years and actually had met a few women. We both think we got lucky on PerfectMatch!
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2006 when...
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list
AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.
Something to Think About:
A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free market.
A toy company can outsource to a Chinese subcontractor and claim it's a free market.
A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim it's a free market.
We can buy HP Printers made in Mexico. We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh.
We can purchase almost anything we want from 20 different countries.
BUT, heaven help the elderly who dare to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian pharmacy.
That's called un-American!
And you think the pharmaceutical companies don't have a powerful lobby.