Mission Application Photo

Mission Application Photo

Monday, August 14, 2017

Out of Africa

We have been back in the US for three weeks and are finally organized to conclude our mission blog. Included will be mainly pictures of our experiences in Cape Town and on safaris near Kruger National Park.  This may be a long post, but hopefully you can scan through the photos and get a sense of what we experienced.

Darrell and Ann Webster, whom we met at the MTC, accompanied us to South Africa. Darrell is a retired attorney and his missionary assignment was to assist the church legal counsel in West Africa.

Our son, Tyler and his wife, Jessica, joined us also.  Tyler enjoys photography and since Stan's camera was "lost" or "stolen" during the trip, we were grateful that Tyler had photos for some of the points of interest to supplement our I-phone pictures.

 Cape Town South Africa with Table Mountain in the distance.

Cape Town Waterfront

  We enjoyed a filet mignon for $10!!

Canopy walk in a Botanical Garden in Cape Town

One of the oldest residential areas in Capetown called Bo-Kaap and known for its brightly painted houses and quaint cobbled streets.

These hills are known as The Twelve Apostles.  There are actually about 18 peaks, but the name remains.


The cable car going up to Table Mountain

View from the top of Table Mountain

This badger type creature is known as a Dassie and is a close relative to the elephant because of the teeth and feet structure!

View from Table Mountain with Lions Head Peak in the distance

Hiking Lion's Head near Table Mountain

View of Table Mountain from Lions Head.  The clouds would come over Table Mountain and then dissipate.

Various safari pictures from the private reserve areas near Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and Arathusa Safari Lodge

Up close and personal!!

This elephant had an "attitude"!!

 Cape Buffalo


Our Favorite - the Wart Hog


Hitching a ride!!

Wild Dog


 Yes, some of the animals were very close to the vehicles!!


Great Accommodations and Food!!

 Arathusa Safari Lodge

On to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

 The mist from the Falls is in the background

Look who was there 43 years ago!! (This is when Stan toured with the BYU Young Ambassadors.)

 Victoria Falls is the highest falls in comparison to Niagara Falls in New York and Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

 Ready for a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls

Tyler and Stan were looking forward to the ride; Ann was nervous!!

View of Victoria Falls from the helicopter

 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls

Craft Market at Victoria Falls. Hand painted ornaments

Back in the US.  We attended the "homecoming" for Elder B Nissinen in the Council Creek Ward in a neighboring Stake.  Elder Nissinen was a Zone Leader in our mission.

As Ghanaians would say, "It is finished" or "done".   We reported to the High Council this morning and then spoke in Sacrament meeting about our mission experiences.  Stan wore his African "Kente" tie for the occasion.