African experiences in the wild

Written by Dirk Wessels


I love nature and being outdoors and have had a couple of interesting experiences in South Africa. My South African friends seem to find my stories pretty interesting and even so much morerepparttar people I have met in Australia and other countries, so I thought Iíd put some of my experiences to paper.

Hyenas inrepparttar 139596 Transkei

A friend and I went torepparttar 139597 Transkei years ago withrepparttar 139598 intention of catching some fish for my marine fish tank. On arrival atrepparttar 139599 Hluleka game reserve my friend took outrepparttar 139600 beers and I went for a walk to see where I could snorkel. I found a little footpath running along siderepparttar 139601 coast and just followed it for a couple of hours. I walked past a small waterhole, but there were no animals around and I did not give it a second thought. Eventually I realized that it was getting late, so I ventured on back torepparttar 139602 camp. Byrepparttar 139603 time I got back torepparttar 139604 water hole, it was starting to get dark and as I passed a couple of trees withrepparttar 139605 water hole behind them, I got a sudden chill. It was strange because I donít believe I had seen anything yet, but I felt something was wrong. As I looked more closely into these trees, I noticed a blou wildebeest standing a couple of meters from me staring right at me. The only thing I could think was to continue as if nothing was wrong, so I kept on walking only to get a full view ofrepparttar 139606 water hole, which was now surrounded by animals. Forrepparttar 139607 most part it was a herd of blou wildebeest and a couple of buck/deer. But there were also a couple of hyenas onrepparttar 139608 hill onrepparttar 139609 other side ofrepparttar 139610 water hole and they seemed to be running towards me with their heads high inrepparttar 139611 air. Every story I had heard about hyenas said that they are cowards, but Iíd also heard that they haverepparttar 139612 second strongest set of jaws inrepparttar 139613 world and I was not happy with them running towards me. Nonetheless, I knew that I was still a long way fromrepparttar 139614 camp andrepparttar 139615 only thing I could do was to keep on walking, which I did with a renewed sense of urgency. Well, it only took a couple of steps beforerepparttar 139616 hyenas were right behind me. I donít think they ever came too close to me, though atrepparttar 139617 time it felt like they were on my heels, and I also think they probably turned around after a couple of meters. But this did not help me, I had heard that you should not turn your back on hyenas, so forrepparttar 139618 rest ofrepparttar 139619 way back torepparttar 139620 camp I continued turning around every few seconds to see ifrepparttar 139621 hyenas were still around. I got back torepparttar 139622 bungalow some time after 9:00pm and was truly exhausted from walking inrepparttar 139623 bush inrepparttar 139624 dark while trying to look behind me allrepparttar 139625 time. My friend, sitting in his jocks with a beer inrepparttar 139626 hand, was furious that I was away for so long and left him all alone inrepparttar 139627 bungalow. Funny thing, coz I was pretty furious that he never toldrepparttar 139628 game ranger that I had been gone for more than 6 hours!! Needless to say,repparttar 139629 rest ofrepparttar 139630 weekend was spent in and aroundrepparttar 139631 bungalow, drinking beer and eating crayfish!!

Arizona In All Its Colorful Glory

Written by Alicia Bankford


Arizona is one ofrepparttar most colorful places to vacation. Between enchanting sunrises and sunsets andrepparttar 139553 colorful fields, pine forests withrepparttar 139554 ever-changing climates and moutain ranges that seem to change colors byrepparttar 139555 minute, it is art forrepparttar 139556 eye.

There is much to do in Arizona. Vacation activities include golfing in world class courses, hiking, canoeing, and trout fishing. There are even areas whererepparttar 139557 temperature is such that you can water ski and snow ski inrepparttar 139558 same day.

A neat spot to sight see isrepparttar 139559 Apache Trail, which was initially built inrepparttar 139560 1930s to supportrepparttar 139561 development ofrepparttar 139562 dams built byrepparttar 139563 Salt River. The drive is a loop drive of 80 miles that is partially dirt. This section providesrepparttar 139564 most amazing views of mountains with dense forestry. Alongrepparttar 139565 way, you will go by Fish Creek Canyon. RV companies do not allow their vehicles to be driven on this drive due torepparttar 139566 wayrepparttar 139567 road hangs onrepparttar 139568 side of a very narrow, steep canyon.

Other destinations onrepparttar 139569 Apache Trail arerepparttar 139570 Goldfield Mining Town, which is a re-creation of an old west ghost town that was active over a hundred years ago. The Mammoth Mine produced three million dollars worth of gold inrepparttar 139571 mining years between 1892 - 1896.

Park lovers will love The Lost Dutchman State Park for exploringrepparttar 139572 mountains and hiking nature trails. There are a limited number of campsites and picnic facilities.

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