I made a wrap for dinner with leftover black-eyed peas, avocado, lettuce, and cucumber.
And a side of carrots and orange juice!
I mean…a three-hour show of pure beauty. Cradled. That’s how I felt.
The next day, we got up super early and met a guide who took us to Sossusvlei, arguably one of the coolest places on earth. These red sand dunes are some of the highest in the world and look otherworldly. We climbed one of the more popular dunes and ran down to the bottom to a salt flat scattered with dead
900-year-old acacia trees.
The dunes are formed by the west winds pushing against the east winds and the sand is very rich in iron deposits. The deep red rusty color of the sand is caused by the salty ocean breeze corroding the iron rich sand, causing it to rust.
The dunes were steep, and when our guide told us to run down the side to reach the bottom, I had no idea how we were going to do that. I was sure we’d stumble and fall off the dune. We watched someone else first (I mean…), and we saw that your feet sink into the sand which sort of holds you as you slowly make your way down—it was so much fun!
40 million-year-old sand dunes.
Climbing up Big Daddy, a super tall dune.
Looking down towards Deadvlei a white clay pan of 900-year-old skeleton trees.
Deadvlei means “dead marsh.” The trees are all dead and estimated to be 900 years old, but the super dry climate prevents normal decomposition.
I could not stop looking at this. So many beautiful things on our trip looked photoshopped!
Back at camp from our dune adventure and ready to make dinner!
Steamed broccoli and coconut aminos packets from home.
Baked beans, grilled potatoes, and broccoli for dinner. It was so satisfying.
We quickly realized that our dashboard made the perfect clothes dryer.
The following day, it was time to continue our journey. We drove 4.5 hours on a dirt road to Swakopmund, a town on the Atlantic coast, south of the Skeleton Coast.
But first, breakfast. Granola, soy milk, banana, blueberries, and tea.
One thing I didn’t expect was that so many of the roads we saw were dirt and sand. Because of this, it took us a lot longer to drive distances than maps and GPS estimated. If the map said 4 hours, we knew it would probably be closer to 6.
The Cornerstone Guesthouse in Swakopmund.
This place felt so modern compared to the desert camp we’d just came from.
We found an Indian restaurant with gluten-free plant based options!! I have never been so happy to eat curry.
We savored every last bite!
I would have loved some Hippie Porridge for breakfast at this point, but for me, the whole point of traveling is to experience new things and get out of my routine. So, I wasn’t mad at this breakfast one bit. I was just happy to have something to eat.
Swakopmund was the last decent-sized town until the end of our trip when we returned to Windhoek. A nice coffee shop / healthy restaurant in town had this fantastic bowl of planty deliciousness! Quinoa, roasted beets and squash, avocado, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, and lettuce. It reminded me of our Wizard Plan food!
This was our chance to stock up on more food. We bought more fruit, veggies, canned beans, rice cakes, and a pot that we could cook and eat food from if we came across another stove.
Nice produce section. All the produce was from either Namibia or South Africa.
A cute little health store where I found some goods!
I got a warm and welcome feeling when I stepped into this store and saw grains, beans, and legumes. I didn’t buy any because I didn’t have a way to cook them.
Some gems I picked up from the health food store. I was most excited about the miso. All of the lodges we stayed at had an electric kettle so I could easily make miso broth.
Leftover Indian food in lettuce cups, an apple, and peanut butter as an afternoon snack in our room.
A walk down to the Atlantic Ocean in the fog.
We went to a restaurant called Ocean Basket for dinner because Luanne wanted oysters. I ordered an avocado roll and olives. The avocado was as hard as a brick, but I happily ate the rice and seaweed.
Kalamata olives. Mmmmm.
Breakfast before we headed north up the the Skeleton Coast and then east for a once-in-a-lifetime elephant adventure!
The Skeleton Coast is named for the casualties of its treacherous waters: shipwrecks and dead sailors plus the whales and seals they historically hunted. Again, this looked like a movie set. We took it in, bought a few gemstones from an older couple on the beach, and got back on the road to see where our adventure would take us.
To be continued…
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