Cambodian Taxi Chaos – a Leaf, a Radiator and a MacGyver Moment

Written by Rick Chapo

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Road site assistance seemed an iffy prospect inrepparttar middle of Cambodia. I mean, you couldn’t really call your car insurance company.

Me: “Hi. My car is broken.”

Operator: “Okay, we will send someone out. Where are you?”

Me: “Um, somewhere inrepparttar 141366 middle of Cambodia.”

Operator: “…[hysterical laughter]… Click.”

The driver looked at us. We looked at him. Simultaneously, we all started laughing. What else could you do? We were inrepparttar 141367 middle of nowhere,repparttar 141368 radiator was shot and it was 60 miles or so to Phnom Penh.

Looking back, I can tell you that Cambodian taxi drivers are a committed and creative group. We sat onrepparttar 141369 side ofrepparttar 141370 road, contemplatingrepparttar 141371 fact that we were about to have a much more authentic Cambodian experience then any of us had planned. Mysteriously, our driver had gone off intorepparttar 141372 brush onrepparttar 141373 side ofrepparttar 141374 road. After a few minutes, he returned with a dark green leaf and a big smile.

Putting MacGyver to shame, he proceeded to patchrepparttar 141375 crack inrepparttar 141376 radiator using onlyrepparttar 141377 leaf and tube of superglue. We all moved back as he appliedrepparttar 141378 superglue torepparttar 141379 boiling hot radiator, but nothing went up in flames. After allowing for a suitable amount of time for drying/praying, all we needed was water.

Although admittedly not a car expert, I do know pouring cold water intorepparttar 141380 radiator of an overheating engine is a bad idea. MacGyver, err… our driver, didn’t bat an eye despite our extensive arm waving. With a big smile,repparttar 141381 water went intorepparttar 141382 radiator as we watched in horror. The only question was what would happen first,repparttar 141383 leaf patch bursting orrepparttar 141384 engine seizing up?

Well, you can guess how it turned out. Not only did we make it to Phnom Penh, we later learnedrepparttar 141385 radiator had two other leaf patches onrepparttar 141386 bottom. The road had been smooth, but my nerves were still shot. At least I had ample ammunition to mock MacGyver fans.

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Come Visit Bombay, And You'll Be Hooked

Written by Ernest C. Lancaster

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There is nothing likerepparttar spectacle of seeing and hearing thousands of snow geese coming in for a landing. With one small exception,repparttar 141352 road will accommodate tour buses and RV's. To really getrepparttar 141353 most out of Bombay Hook, consider picking uprepparttar 141354 cassette tape narratingrepparttar 141355 auto tour that is available fromrepparttar 141356 Visitors center. Keep your eyes peeled alongrepparttar 141357 side ofrepparttar 141358 road. Watch for wading birds, like herons and egrets which feed onrepparttar 141359 fish inrepparttar 141360 ponds and ditches, which linerepparttar 141361 tour route.

As many as 315 bird species have been counted onrepparttar 141362 refuge. One ofrepparttar 141363 more interesting and rare birds to see here is repparttar 141364 bald eagle. If you are lucky, you may get a chance to see one of these magnificent birds. You can't miss a mature eagle with it's snow white head. There is no mistaking an eagle when it flies. It's probably one ofrepparttar 141365 most graceful things you will ever witness. It very amazing when you realize just how large this bird really is. Bombay Hook is repparttar 141366 perfect place forrepparttar 141367 symbol of our country to call home. The salt marshes are ideal and those fish are an important source of food for many birds, including bald eagles and their young.

For a little variety,repparttar 141368 250 year old Allee House is open to visitors onrepparttar 141369 weekend duringrepparttar 141370 spring and fall. This historic house is inrepparttar 141371 process of being restored. It's a excellent example of an 18th century farmhouse in this area.

If that's not enough to keep you busy,repparttar 141372 Friends of Bombay Hook (a non-profit group) offers many activities year-round. These include field trips, workshops forrepparttar 141373 whole family, and presentations by leaders in different environmental fields.

Whether you are a nature person, or just looking for something fun and different to do on your vacation, Bombay Hook is a great place to spend time and learn. The Refuge is open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.

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