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

Written by Rick Chapo

The roads in Cambodia are vicious, angry slabs of asphalt filled with potholes that would qualify as valleys in some countries. Fortunately, I had it made traveling from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Or so I thought.

Cambodian Taxis

Having spent two weeks inrepparttar relaxing beach town of Sihanoukville, I was getting bored and so wererepparttar 141366 three chaps traveling with me. It was time to head torepparttar 141367 supposed chaos of Phnom Penh and eventually Angkor Wat. Despiterepparttar 141368 legendary reputation of Cambodian roads,repparttar 141369 owner of our accommodations told usrepparttar 141370 road to Phnom Penh was smooth as glass. For twenty U.S. dollars, a local taxi would get all four of us torepparttar 141371 city without incident.

Around noon, two Australians, an Englishman and myself crammed into a Toyota Camry with our backpacks and miscellaneous junk. Our driver was a good guy, smiling constantly. We did have a communication problem since he spoke about two words of English and we only spoke English. The road, however, was as smooth as promised and we congratulated ourselves on our stroke of luck.

For about an hour, we cruised throughrepparttar 141372 placid Cambodian countryside. It was difficult to imaginerepparttar 141373 chaos that must have occurred whenrepparttar 141374 Khmer Rouge was in power. There really wasn’t much to see beyondrepparttar 141375 occasional village. About half way throughrepparttar 141376 trip,repparttar 141377 lack of any sizeable towns became a concern.

Inrepparttar 141378 proverbial middle of nowhere, our driver pulled over torepparttar 141379 side ofrepparttar 141380 road and turned offrepparttar 141381 car. Since we couldn’t verbally communicate, much finger pointing was undertaken. Were we lost? Did he want more money? Was he going on strike? Whatrepparttar 141382 heck was going on?

Eventually, we foreign idiots were able to decipher thatrepparttar 141383 car was overheating. Lest you think us complete idiots, I must mention thatrepparttar 141384 temperature gauge wasn’t working. Regardless, our driver poppedrepparttar 141385 hood and our smooth trip came to a cracked end. Steam poured from a half-inch crack next torepparttar 141386 radiator crap.

Come Visit Bombay, And You'll Be Hooked

Written by Ernest C. Lancaster

A few years ago Smyrna, Delaware was voted one ofrepparttar top "small towns" in America. When you visitrepparttar 141352 town, it's very easy to see why. Smyrna has a home-town feel to it. Even though it has a fairly small poulation, it is very accessible. One ofrepparttar 141353 popular attractions isrepparttar 141354 Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The Wild Life Refuge is within 1 1/2- 2 hour drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and repparttar 141355 South Jesey area.

Been there, done that... and visited other wildlife refuges? This is not your ordinary place to view wildlife. Bombay Hook plays a critical role for thousands of migratory and waterfowl birds. Every year over 17,000 visitors come to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to view wildlife, in their natural environment.

Bombay Hook has a very interesting story. It was established and purchased with Duck Stamp revenues fromrepparttar 141356 Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. It is a major link inrepparttar 141357 chain of refuges that extends from Canada torepparttar 141358 Gulf of Mexico. There are millions of ducks and geese that userepparttar 141359 refuge as a stop-over or as a place to ride outrepparttar 141360 winter.

Althoughrepparttar 141361 refuge is open year-round,repparttar 141362 best time to see this spectacular site is in October and November. This is repparttar 141363 time thatrepparttar 141364 waterfowl populations are at their peak. There is also another smaller spike inrepparttar 141365 population which occurs in March. This is whenrepparttar 141366 birds are returning to their northern breeding grounds. The refuge is first and foremost a breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife. Bombay Hook has become extremely important forrepparttar 141367 protection and conservation of waterfowl.This is due to urban and industrial development.

The refuge covers approximately 16,000 acres. About four-fifths of it consists of tidal salt marshes. One of repparttar 141368 largest areas of nearly "natural" tidal salt marsh in repparttar 141369 mid-Atlantic region resides withinrepparttar 141370 refuge. Additionally, Bombay Hook has 1,100 acres of impounded fresh water pools, 1,100 acres of agricultural lands, with wooded and grassy land and swamps. The general terrain is flat and less than ten feet above sea level. So bring a good camera and pair of binoculars, becauserepparttar 141371 views are breathtaking.

Takerepparttar 141372 auto tour to get as close to nature as possible without scaringrepparttar 141373 birds and animals away. The Auto Route is only a 12-mile round trip. The tour route passes byrepparttar 141374 four freshwater impoundments.There is plenty of room to to stop and viewrepparttar 141375 always-present water birds and animals that are feeding or resting. Depending onrepparttar 141376 season, visitors can easily spend a half-day or more travelingrepparttar 141377 tour route. There are even some trails that you can walk on. The best times for observation are early and late inrepparttar 141378 day when wildlife is most active.

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