As I sit quietly behind my desk at what is supposed to be work, I realize that I can't think of anything other than Africa. Having never been, my mind is filled with all sorts of wild ideas and mini movies of how things may play out. It is quite difficult to concentrate on the many tasks that are provided to me within my daily life when I know that Botswana is only one month away. It is hard to believe that all of the planning and research that I done began almost 2 years ago. After nearly 4 months of research, punching numbers, making phone calls, sending emails and trying to decide how I was ever going to make a journey across the pond that would put me face to face with at least most of the plains game that I desired, I finally settled on Jason Bridger and Kanana. I booked my dates in January of 2013 with regret that I wasn't taking the trip that same year, but this fall would be reserved for my father on a long awaited elk hunt. Elk was the one animal he had always dreamed of harvesting and had yet to take so my wife and I had helped ensure this would be a possibility. As the 2013 year came to a close, it truly was the ending to a phenomenal year. My father had taken his elk, a small 6 x 6, but grand for his standards as his age is being foretold through his movement. Not a single tag was left unfilled for the family and as the New Year came in, I knew that Africa would be slowly approaching. Each day I look to my calendar at the right of my desk and make an "X" on the previous day and quickly note how many days remain before I leave on the hunt that I have long desired more than any other adventure on earth. All of my bags are packed for the hundredth time, the one exception being my bow that I continue to shoot each and every day. I think of the friends I've made along the way, the advice given to me, so freely - much more so than what I am used to with Eastern US deer hunters. Everyone has been so helpful and I can not thank everyone enough for their input, their ideas, and their knowledge. This site has been so instrumental in helping me plan for this trip, the people have been full of knowledge and I hope to be able to pass on this knowledge and my own experiences to those yet to experience the Dark Continent as well. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this site and while I have yet to leave for Kanana, I am sure that while I am there, and after I return, that I will only be the more thankful to each and everyone on here. - Didn't mean to have such a long post, but I am just bursting with energy.......... I really need to find something to shoot at!