We haven’t been everywhere
Iwas in Johannesburg recently to meet with clients, and besides all the promising conversations about exciting new projects for the magazine, there were three things running through my mind on the flight back to Cape Town.
The first was the sheer pleasure of being able to shower for more than 30 seconds. I have to admit, I was very tempted to wrap my phone in the hotel’s shower cap and check my Facebook while the water washed over me, but I think the drought in the Western Cape and accompanying restrictions have changed us as people.
I don’t think we will ever be as wasteful with water as we were in the past. I felt guilty for showering for longer than two minutes and instead closed the taps.
The second thing that struck me is the fact that I apparently remind people of Afrikaans singer Jo Black. I don’t have much to say about that except that you definitely do not want me behind a microphone. At school I could still carry a tune, but those days are long gone. Also, my beard is greyer and shorter than his. Thirdly, someone asked me about the work we do at go! Drive & Camp. He was under the impression that we’ve camped everywhere with everything. And you’d be excused for thinking that, considering how long we, and the titles before us, have existed. But that is definitely not the case.
We’ve camped with more than 100 vehicles of every colour and shape imaginable, and we’ve hammered our tent pegs into every corner of our country (and in some neighbouring countries). But we haven’t been everywhere.
That’s why we get so excited when we come across three new campsites we can visit (like Kyle did on page 50), or when a brand-new caravan manufacturer launches its first model (Leon tells us more on page 16), or when we’re one of the first people to drive a new bakkie (like Cyril on page 28).
So remember to let us know about those camping and 4x4 destinations we haven’t visited and the vehicles and caravans we don’t know about.