Email #16 (April 7th, 2001)
Hello Everyone,

Day 277 of Lisa and Joel's Excellent Adventure finds us on Cape Agulhas, the southern-most point in all of Africa.  (See attached picture.)

Since our last email, we took a big jet plane to Dubai, The United Arab Emirates.  After a few days of exploring Dubai, which included a ride in an abra (a small motorboat which ferries people up and down Dubai Creek, which pours into The Gulf of Arabia), we took another big jet plane back into The Southern Hemisphere.

When we crossed the equator this marked our return into the southern portion of the globe, since we left it back on December 3, 2000, on a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia to Singapore. Before that we had been in the Southern Hemisphere since our flight from Hawaii to Rarotonga, The Cook Islands, on August 3, 2000. 

We landed in Johannesburg, South Africa on day 264 of our travels.  We grabbed a rental car and have been exploring South Africa ever since. 

Just to point out a few of the highlights so far -- we have been surrounded by magestic views at The Valley of Desolation and gigantic elephants at the Karoo Nature Reserve, both near the historic oasis town of Graaff-Reinet -- we had some fun in the sun, first in Port Elizabeth and then in the world-class surfing mecca of Jeffrey's Bay -- and we saw sleek dolphins, menacing hammer-head sharks and a mountain of seals draped across the rocks of Seal Island, in Mossel Bay.

As always, you can read about all the details of our adventure at the web site.  (Plus, there is plenty of cool pictures.)

Take care and stay in touch.

Lisa and Joel

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