Contributed by: Heather Lantz and family
As you go through this thing called life you quickly realize that it sends you on many journey’s, but there are some journey’s we have the choice of being on. However, the most adventurous and unusual journey’s get added to our bucket list and ultimately become the ‘Impossible Adventure’. Those are the ones that most people never get to experience. The Bucket List essentially becomes the place that holds the seemingly impossible journeys or dreams of life. This was also true for us … until now.
Over the last few years, my husband and I had planned on joining his parents on a trip to celebrate their retirements. We had no idea where to go, but we all assumed it would be somewhere fairly close like the Colorado Rockies or Branson, Missouri. Then one day out of the blue, the idea of going to South Africa on safari was suggested by our good friend, Chris Petersen, who has been on 4 different safaris with John X Safaris.
We spent many hours talking, dreaming, and revisiting a few older posts covering Chris’s safaris.
Honestly, the first reaction we all had to his suggestion was that of impossibilities. After a few days of talking with my husband and his parents, and dreaming what it would be like on safari, we decided that the possibility of this adventure that had been placed on our bucket list years ago…… had surprisingly become an option for us.
Next, came the months of planning the adventure we were about to embark on. Then came the questions and more questions. What should we pack? What will we eat? What immunizations do we need? And of course, the most important question, what are we going to hunt? I am here to say that John X Safaris put our minds at ease and answered any questions these first timers had with a smile. Soon September came and it was time to get the final details completed, packed and off to the airport. I should probably explain that preparing for a trip of a lifetime while being a mother of 2 children under the age of 4 and a Boxer is quite a challenge in itself. So the adventure truly began long before the actual trip itself.