I'm off in South Africa right now and being dragged on these Land Rover observations 'trips'.
So yesterday was a pretty miserable day (even by Alabama standards). Storm clouds, 20 mph winds, open Rover, misty rain, 60 degrees. This ride went on for four hours.
The two high points?
First, we stopped at some point while 'Safari Bob' gave us a ten minute lecture on the difference between Rhino dung and Elephant dung.....while drizzle continued. For a brief moment, I had this brief image of seventh grade science teacher. It was info that came in one ear and out the other.
Second, toward the very end, we finally came upon two lions (Karl and Maggie, my names for them). They were at the fenceline, resting. 'Safari Bob' launched into another ten minute lecture, with misty rain falling and a hefty wind. It was an odd thing, Karl was obsessed with the opposite side of the fence.
Then suddenly from this other fenced area came 'Ingrid, a much younger female lion.
Naturally, Karl's lady got all upset. A lot of lion yelling occurred, and that kinda ended the days events.
'Safari Bob' dropped us by the gate and 'Safari Max' shuttled back to the lodge. He's a 65 year old guy and fairly talkative. He related each of 7 episodes with malaria, kinda like a guy talking over ex-wives. Back at the lodge, my German wife got all peppy.....malaria? Instead of worrying about lion attacks, snakes, or mad elephants....she is now focused on malaria.
Me? This misty rain and 60 degree temp, with 20 mph wind has zeroed out the day.