Great thread..... For me it probably started with reading all of the Tarzan trilogies by Edgar Rice Burroughs when I was very young. (not to mention Johnny Wiesmuller in the old Tarzan movies) Then the old Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield articles I would read in the county and school library. Finally Hemingway, Roosevelt and Capstick sealed the deal. I only dreamed and had it on my bucket list until 2003. My Dad passed that year. He was my hero and the hardest working man I ever knew. He had alot of the same dreams but never took the time to realize them. I made a promise to myself to not make the same mistake. The next year I went on my first safari to the Eastern Cape. While he couldnt be there with me in the flesh, he has made every trip with me in spirit. Africa changed my life forever and I will always be thankful for all of those that lead me to her bosom.