As a little boy my son dreamed of traveling the world. One of our favorite games was
finding a spot on the world-map above his desk and dreaming up wild adventures of
his choosing. As he got older, video games, action figures and legos… Lots of legos 🙂
would take the place of his more adventurous side. So you could imaging our surprise,
when as his college major he chose Archeology! Little did I know that those fantasy
adventures were the seeds of hope that one day would grow into incredible experi-
ences. A few weeks ago, Josh, now Junior at the University of Potsdam, traveled to
South Africa for field school. An awesome opportunity to travel across the globe and
participate in an actual excavation! The Potsdam field school in conjunction with stu-
dents from UNISA, (South Africa’s Largest learning institution)— shaped up to be a
wonderful experience. As part of the excursion they visited The Hector Pieterson
Museum, Nelson Mandela’s home in Soweto, and The Sterkfontein Caves where pre-
historic fossils have been found and are still being excavated by paleontologist today.
Needles to say Josh is in his zone… And I’m trilled to watch him live out his dreams.
Here’s a little note he sent us from abroad…
Dear Mom & Dad,
South Africa has been amazing so far! I can’t believe that I am here experiencing such
a different culture. I’ve been at this resort with everyone, for a week or so but now the
place feels so empty without the UNISA students around, but we’re making do. Just
outside of the house I’ve been stationed to, is like a picture perfect shot of nature!
Giant mountains with plenty of greenery, clear skies, then tall grass that stops at the
river that goes all the way down stream. I sometimes stop down at the bank in the
evening, when the sky is an awesome orange hue, and the sun kind of nestles itself
between two mountains and makes the river sparkle. Its easily nature at its absolute
best, and I wake up to it every day!
On the just as awesome business side of things, the field school itself has been going awe-
some! (Did I just say awesome twice?) Anyway, I guess I can call him my “unit captain,” is
very happy with my progress. Around here, how patient, respectful, and quick to retain infor-
mation is all. So far at the main dump (located at Botshabelo) where I have been digging,
we have yet to find any artifacts that allude to the late 19th century where our excavation
director wants to be— but progress is being made…