Alex Mevs & Cole Figueira

Alex & Cole

February 8, 2013

Alex Mevs & Cole Figueira

Alex & Cole

February 8, 2013

Aloha,

First off, we'd like to say that your presence at our wedding is the greatest gift we could ask for. The time, effort, and expense of traveling to be with us is something we deeply appreciate in our hearts, and we are so thrilled that we will be able to celebrate this happy occasion with you.
We are not the most traditional people and not the most traditional couple. We met in June of '09 and we started living together two months later. We decided to move out to Hawaii together in August of '09 and have been here for almost 3 years now. We have collected a lot of household items together already, including the essentials like gravy boats (Thanks Ben!). However, most of these items will have to be put in storage as we continue our life of travel and adventure together after the wedding. We have plans to continue traveling and living in exotic locations for the next few years before we pick our final destination to settle down.
With that in mind, we could not think of a more fitting gift than the gift of travel. We are passionate about seeing the world and exploring new places. It is so fun and exciting to think that you all can be a part of our first trip as husband and wife. We have decided to start our mission to see the world with Africa. We kind of like animals so we thought it would be nice to check some out on a safari! Thank you for turning our dreams into reality!

Mahalo,

Cole and Alex
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After a long flight, Cole and Alex fall asleep to the sound of roaring lions on the night of their honeymoon.
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Cole and Alex see their favorite animal baby on safari in Samburu Game Reserve in Kenya - an elephant!
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A visit to Mt. Kilimanjaro- the highest mountain in Africa
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Luxury stay at Saruni Samburu: 6 tented cottages and several areas to use as view points for the waterholes that attract elephant, giraffe, zebra and all the species that make Samburu so special.
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A quick visit to Gombe stream in Tanzania- site of Jane Goodall's ground breaking research with Chimpanzees which is Tanzania's smallest national park's primary primate!
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A trip to The Kruger National Park in South Africa.This famous park boasts over 140 different mammal species and over 500 bird species, not to mention a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles and plants.
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Cape town! Abseiling Table Mountain, meeting the penguins at Simon's Town and of course cage diving.
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A chance to stay in a treehouse- Chalkley's treehouse in South Africa!
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Hermanus is a two hour drive east of Cape Town. It offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world as Southern Right Whales come to Walker Bay to breed.
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Amazing stay at Madikwe Hills in South Africa-The lodge is ingeniously placed amongst huge granite boulders and high walkways link the suites to the spa and main pool and deck overlooking a waterhole.
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Amazing dinners for two- Going out to dinner is one of our favorite activities and we can not wait to try the local cuisine such as crocodile and ostrich!
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Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique- Protected by the Bazaruto Marine Reserve the islands have some of the finest scuba diving in the world including one of the world's few viable populations of the endangered dugong.
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Bwindi in Uganda protects over half of the worlds remaining 600 mountain gorillas. It is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in Africa.
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Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray and maybe even a mosquito net. Alex does not care to spend any time with insects on this trip especially when buggies bite her in the middle of the night.
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Dinner at Carnivore "Africa's Greatest Eating Experience". They serve crocodile, waterbuck, wildebeest, hippo, etc., all carved tableside!
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Great White Shark cage diving in South Africa- something to check off our bucket list
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Cole and Alex see a great white shark up close and personal during their cage dive- a dream come true!
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Some relaxation after a long day of hiking and sightseeing in South Africa- spa treatments for Alex
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Flights to Kenya, Botswana, Cape Town, and more!
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Enjoying some cocktails and trying the local beers while watching the sun set on Africa
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Spontaneity! Been to Africa before or did your research- suggest a favorite activity or place for us to check out!
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Underwater camera to capture all the fun and of course the sharks!
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Go Pro 2.. to remember and share our honeymoon adventures!
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Now that we're back from our honeymoon, give us the opportunity to create artwork with all of the amazing photos from Africa. It is about time we had some different animals on our walls besides dolphins, sea lions, and penguins!
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