Sharing Incredible Moments

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away.  

Unknown Author

We were up early and after a quick snack at Little Vumbura, we took a short boat ride and then climbed into our vehicle for an early morning safari. Just a few miles down the road, our guide gestured toward the ground and pointed out lion tracks. My heart began to beat a little faster. I checked my camera once again just to make sure everything was in order.

AfricaChief

A few hours later, we were still looking. We had seen so many incredible things, but none of the elusive cats. Chief, our guide, looked at his watch and suggested it was time to go back to camp for brunch.

AfricaImpala

 “Can we try a little longer, please? We didn’t come here to eat, we came to see wildlife.”

I’m not quite sure who said it, but everyone nodded their agreement. Chief just smiled and kept driving. Around the next curve was a herd of Cape Buffalo, one of them with a fresh wound on its’ hindquarters. We were close. Let me just say, Cape Buffalo are huge and incredibly intimidating. I could have watched them for hours, but we had lions waiting for us.

Cape Buffalo

A few turns later, and there they were. A pride of nine lions sleeping in the road. One of the females lifted her head briefly as we came around the corner, looked at us and went back to sleep. Talk about a moment that took my breath away…they were magnificent and we were within twenty feet of them.  It’s a moment I will never forget.

Lions

That was ten years ago and I still clearly remember the feeling of disbelief and gratitude that I was in Botswana, on a warm African morning, watching lions sleep.

AfricaLion

I have plenty of pictures and I have described that moment to people in my life. It doesn’t matter how detailed I am with my words or how many photos I share, none of them can imagine the magic of that moment. Someday soon, I’m going to take my sisters and my son to Africa. Instead of trying to describe the indescribable, I’ll going to enjoy watching them experience the moment for themselves. It’s something so special that I need to share it with them.

What moment in your life has taken your breath away? If you could, who would you share it with?

jasteck

I’ve heard incredible things about India, Carol. It’s on my bucket list. I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to travel to all the places that are on my twelve page list, but I’m going to give it a good shot.

Diane

Wow! And you’re right. We can capture the moment. In pictures. In words. But the magic is nearly impossible to display. I think you’ve come really close, though! 🙂 My magical moment is lying in the nets under the bowsprit of our ship, bathed in the warm glow of a setting sun and watching the blue Mediterranean flow past beneath us. Then being joined by dolphins laughing and chattering as they danced along beside. Magical.

Lois Alter Mark

Jennifer, my moments in Africa with the big cats are the ones that totally took my breath away, too. Seeing them standing there, practically close enough to touch – and having to really restrain myself from doing so – is something I’ll never forget and something I’m continually grateful for. Thanks for sharing your memories and photos and bringing me right back to those moments. I so want to go back to Africa, don’t you?

Doc Robyn

This is going to sound a little corny compared to the other comments here, but I want to share it anyway. My “magic” moment happened the first time I was paid to give a presentation. When I was finished and standing at my book table SO many people came up to me and thanked me for sharing something they could use to make a difference in their life. I remember having to blink back happy tears as the realization hit me – “I really have something positive to contribute to the world.” It still gives me tingles to think about it.

Jenn

I did a wing safari in Namibia in the 90’s along with a stay at Ongava Lodge, a game reserve, and it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. Seeing herds of Springbok and giraffe, and feeling the ground shake as a black rhino started to run (we were back in the jeep, pronto!).

Would love to take my (teenaged) kids on something like that some day but I don’t know how they’d feel about the places we landed in a 6-seater Cessna…

Sandy Ramsey

I know that the pictures don’t do the moments justice but they are amazing! I love those moments, the ones that just stick. I’ve managed to have several in my lifetime and hopefully I’ll get a few more in. The trip looks amazing. I’m sure your sisters and son will enjoy it and it you will get a whole new feeling sharing it with them!

jasteck

Diane, That sounds wonderful. I can’t even imagine what that would be like, especially with the dolphins. I’ve never been close to dolphins in the wild. Another dream to fulfill…. 🙂

jasteck

I know exactly what you mean, Lois. We saw cheetah and a leopard in addition to the lions. I never realized how close you can get and knowing, that with one leap, they can be in your lap which adds to the excitement. I’m ready to go back and actually leave for Namibia in a few months. I hope you get another chance, too.

jasteck

Michelle, I wish you had been there, too. It was magnificent. Wouldn’t it be fun to take a group of our blogging friends and make it a trip?

jasteck

Robyn, That doesn’t sound corny at all. What could be better than to make a positive difference in someone’s life? Just think of all the amazing ripples you have caused with your presentations and writing. Congratulations! I hope I can make that kind of difference in the world, too. I’m so happy for you. 🙂

jasteck

Jenn, I’m headed to see that rhinos in Namibia in a few months. I can’t wait!! You’ve brought a BIG smile to my face. Those pilots can do incredible things with those planes, can’t they? I hope you get the opportunity to share it with your kids. What a memorable family experience that would be.

jasteck

Thanks for visiting, Sandy, and for your comments on my pictures. It was fun to go back through and select them. The process brought back more wonderful memories. I hope you get many more incredible moments.

jasteck

I agree with you there, Lizzi. I have a few moments like that myself. You are such a wonderful auntie. I’m sure you’ve given them many incredible moments, too.

Travels with Tam

I have been so fortunate to have many, many of these moments, some of them, like you, on African safaris! I’ve had them underwater…manta rays, Great White Sharks, eagle rays, dolphins…and on Thursday I am off to Thailand/Myanmar to dive and also sightsee, looking forward to all kinds of moments that will make me gasp!

jasteck

I wish you lots of moments that make you gasp, Tam. Underwater has to be amazing. I have friends who love diving, but I’ve never tried it. I’ll look forward to seeing your pictures. Have a wonderful time!!

Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Jennifer,
I’m married to a South African and we went on safari together ten years ago. It was an amazing trip and we saw the big 5. Love seeing your pictures and going with you on your journey. I’m part of Midlife Blvd.
Estelle

jasteck

Thank you for visiting, Estelle. My safari was ten years ago, too. What a special trip to share together…I’m glad you liked my pictures. 🙂

Mike

No way!!!! I got goosebumps just as I was reading along and you “took me” around the corner to the lions!! Oh lordy thank you, Jennifer! This made my day! Absolutely on take your breath away moments… 🙂

Wendy

I am looking forward to that trip SIS!!! I know that it will be not only a check off on my bucket list, but it will be an incredible adventure with my wonderful sisters.

jasteck

I’m glad you loved the post, Mike. You know how much I value your opinion. I have more moments like that to share and will in the future. 🙂

jasteck

That’s going to be my retirement trip, Wendy. So we need to start planning for May or June of 2019. We are going to have a BLAST!!

Michelle

Oh wow…great pics..

I think my biggest ‘take your breath away’ moment was watching my granddaughter being born. I love that memory. Even if it was a little icky.

jasteck

Michelle, I’m not surprised that the birth of your granddaugher is one of your moments. My son’s birth is certainly one of mine. It was a little icky, too. LOL

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