Grandma Pat and Grandpa Henry arrived during the night to share a suite with Elizabeth, Amanda, and Angie (Angie and Amanda not even knowing this had happened until they woke up to find our Grandfather leaving the shower). After the rest of us had showered and dressed we all headed downstairs for a family breakfast and our first family meeting. Here we went over our itinerary and finally heard the story of why we are all here.
You see both our grandparents had come her previously and spent quite sometime enjoying South Africa when Grandpa Henry turned to Grandma Pat and said “You know I wish we could let our entire family experience this beautiful place.” Grandma Pat’s reply was simply “You take care of that then.” Once back in the states Grandpa Henry turned to his wife. “Were you serious about taking our family to South Africa?” Grandpa Pat again had a very simple response “Were you?” “Well yes.” He replied, her answer again was very simple “You take care of that then.” And he did.
With Mike driving the little van and Grandpa Henry driving the little bus we had a much easier and safer ride to the the RCI Strand resort. Here they took our luggage and as we were early for check-in and Mike had accidentally held onto his Best Western key we headed back into Capetown. To kill time we went to lunch at the V&A Waterfront where half of us had duck, including the two little ones. There was also plenty of wine to go around before we headed out to shop. V&A Waterfront is a huge shopping center most closely akin to boardwalk on the beach in Myrtle, except bigger. Much bigger. There was a shopping mall, a craft center, entertainment, boat rides (including and old-fashioned pirate boat), helicopter rides and so much more that we couldn’t explore in the mere 2 hours we had. We met back at a coffee shop where poor Jack got the first injury of the trip (a nasty bump on his head) but after milking it for all it was worth he is doing fine now, just needs to watch where he’s going especially when walking under stairs!