If you have a spare $110K laying around
I do have a question!
Hank, your trophy room must be amazing.
Did you post any pictures of trophy room on the forum, so I (we) could take a look? I tried searching but couldn't find..
Hank, you should see them coming off the planes at the major hubs ....... Shuffling along in their crocs, training pants (surely you don't wear a track suit when you fly internationally as well!) , shirt tails out resplendent with food stains, and those strange plastic around the neck ID/ticket holder things. Had a friend who retired down there to one of those "communities" in the Tampa area, and when I saw him two years later he had aged twenty. Frightening. I don't use a phone carrier either unless it is toting a small handgun (great little company makes a concealed carry holster built like a phone carrier - armed nerd concept). Got to love Texas. Otherwise, that I-phone is in the back pocket where it belongs.
Great narrative. Interesting how hard Africa can take a bite out of us in different ways. You have achieved a great accomplishment - not from collecting a specific group of antelope, but for assembling a set of experiences to relive the rest of your days. Thank you for the gift of sharing some of them here. For me it is buffalo - I'm thinking Uganda in '21 for a Nile. For others it is the camaraderie of plains game with friends in the RSA or Namibia, or now, even wing shooting. But grab onto us she does. Thanks again -
Oh yeah, for God's sake buy a pair of R.M. Williams boots or even Redback or Blunstone - made in Australia, no laces so great for air travel to the Third World, and can serve for hunting in a pinch (The Williams boots really are special).
I never saw one in the entire country! Personally I think - and I'm a bit pissed about this - that @Royal27 put the word out that I was coming, and they ran away. Exactly what I'd expect from such a bird.
I won't say too much about the price - if you love something, you will do it if you can. But I will say that goats and sheep have never really done it for me. Since I was a kid, reading King Solomon's Mines, Tarzan, etc., it's always been Africa. And there's more I can do there . . . so no need to run around mountains chasing expensive animals!If you have a spare $110K laying around
I can bring up one off my desktop if it will make everyone feel better!
Like so much you have written here, this is so perfectly worded.I'm there for the experience of hunting and spending time with people I enjoy. Writing the stories lets me relive the experiences, and read them in the future. I like that, so the fact that so many of you also seem to like them is a great bonus.
Small world. I actually have a pair of these, but I just can get them to fit me well enough to make them the No. 1 boot on a hunt. It's a high quality boot, so the problem is more likely with me . . .Hi Hank, If I could make do with a mid height boot, these Lowa Zephyrs are very supportive and incredibly comfortable.
Because of my support issues and Lowa does not seem to make the high Zephyrs anymore, I went with the Z8 which is similar, but slightly more sturdy.
Just in case your New Balance wear out or are lost.
Looking forward to that double report we discussed once you and the wife return in June.Like so much you have written here, this is so perfectly worded.
I'm not the writer you are by a loooong shot, but -like many who go on such trips- I kept a journal on my first safari and wrote it up a few months after getting home. I've only shown it to my wife and a couple of close friends. But writing it was for me and re-reading it helps bring it all back.
But I will say that goats and sheep have never really done it for me. Since I was a kid, reading King Solomon's Mines, Tarzan, etc., it's always been Africa.
I, too, have seen the people you're talking about, and it's part of air travel these days. I wills ay that in Africa, people seem to dress up a bit more for air travel than we do in North America. You don't see women in workout or yoga wear, kids in basketball shorts, old men in velcro sneakers, etc.