So I wasn't going to Africa this year. It just wasn't going to happen. I had been fortunate enough to go twice in two seasons and it was time for a break and let the pocketbook recover. But then I made a mistake.... I kept hanging around here. Oops.... I enjoy telling the backstory of a hunt and this upcoming hunt definitely has one. It is about going to see two friends. You hear that a lot - arrive a client and leave a friend. Well, because of AH I'm arriving a friend. This trip is more about spending some time with two gentlemen who I've become close to than the actual hunting. Yes we will hunt, and yes there are a couple of focus animals, but that's it. No list, no pressure, and I don't care if I take a single animal. I want to spend time in my friends world and enjoy what they do. So I'm staying with Bossie first (LBG Safaris). I've been talking to Bossie since not long after I joined AH and we hit it off from day one. He's intense, gregarious, and funny as hell. We hit it off from day one, but really became close when he spent some time in Angola working. Man that was cool.... But that's another story. At any rate, we kept talking and he made it clear he wanted me to come visit, so I couldn't insult him, right? Beans I'll visit down in the Eastern Cape. I haven't talked to Beans for nearly as long, but we have become close as well. Ironically, our friendship began when I sent him a PM to him to apologize to him for not believing some things that he said that turned out to be true. I didn't even really expect an answer back, but he did and we began to chat. Well, the chats ended up with me inviting him to spend a few nights in Atlanta on his way to SCI. Before he left Atlanta he invited me to come see his place, and maybr I should throw a rifle in the luggage, just in case. I still wasn't positive I was going to make the trip and was debating in my mind. Then it happened. My wife told me to quit debating with myself and just go. Well.... OK.... Done. So here I am.... Typing this up on 07/04, Independence Day here in the States, and feeling very grateful that I'm so fortunate in so many ways. And, waiting for the adventure to begin!