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Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:42 pm 
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I am back home......lots of things to tell you all when I find time! To whet your appetites......close encounters of the rhino and ellie kind, animal charge, a fall, badly scratched hand......and more!!!!!

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EJ the suspense is killing me, come on, out with the story :pray: :pray:

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OK so you have my FULL attention :big_eyes:
Looking forward to you telling us all about it :popcorn:
Hope you find the time soon :)


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Really hanging out to read the next installment EJ.

You're an inspiration - managing to find time for everything AND write a TR.

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Welcome back EJ! Looking forward to read all about it! :dance: :dance:

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I will not say too much about the 4 nights with the junior SHRs because we were also involved in ranger support and doing night patrols to give the rangers a little bit of a breather. During the day we did some walks with the youngsters to teach them about the bush and environment. On these walks we had 2 very good sightings......3 rhinos together, and one began to head our way in a very determined walk. We had to shout and be aggressive to make it turn away. Some of the youngsters really thought their last moments had come!!!!!

And then we also found a small group of 4 Lichtenstein's hartebeest! A bull, 2 cows and a calf. Very special indeed.

Another evening we were looking at tracks in a river bed when 4 dugha boys appeared in front of us. We climbed the bank and hoped to be able to get near them that way, but found an elephant herd instead! Then the ellies and buffs found each other.....and we watched the interaction from the cover of bushes on the bank before quietly creeping away and back to the bakkies to return to camp.

An ellie tried to visit us in camp, but that was the only 'visitor' we had.

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Lucky you with your Lichstensteins!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

What an amazing life you lead!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:


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And then on the way home on Tuesday afternoon - a very hot afternoon - I got stuck on a steep hill climbing out of a drainage line. I was towing a trailer with my camping gear, and one of the trailer wheels caught a rock just as one of the car wheels got into a dip......and I lost grip and started to roll backwards. Quickly got brakes on hard, and put rocks behind the wheels, but by then the trailer was almost jack-knifed into the side of the cutting. Of course there was no cellphone signal..... I decided to unhook the trailer and drive to find a signal and call for help. Problem was that the trailer jockey wheel did not wind up and down and only had a nut to hold it in place once at correct level. As I lifted the hitch clear of the tow ball the safety chain fell down over the ball again, and that was that.....I could not lift it enough to get it clear again because I had to pull the trailer forward a bit to do so, and lacked the strength.

I walked both directions up to the top of the hills and still had no signal. It was foolish to walk further as I had no rifle with me (borrowed from the ranger and returned by now). So I decided to wait for help to arrive or until it was cooler before doing anything else.

About an hour later it had cooled a little, and I had a plan. I unloaded the trailer, jamming things into the car so I did not have to go up and down later to repack it. Then I managed to somehow pull the trailer enough forward to unhook the chain.....and immediately nearly lost it downhill! Fortunately it again turned sideways though and was stopped by the bank.....and I managed to free it again and the slope was a little less there and got it down to the bottom. Then rolled the car back and hitched up again.

To my relief I was then able to climb the hill OK and was on my way again. Frustrated at having got stuck in the first place, but pleased that I found a way to rescue myself.

Got home very tired, hot and dirty! Unloaded the essential things, had a shower and then got an early night.

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Hi EJ,
what an adventure :clap: Luckily you´re a tough lady to rescue yourself :dance:

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Gosh EJ - what an unpleasant experience, although I suppose in retrospect it was actually an adventure that you will always remember. In my experience, it is often strange how events collude to set the flavour of the situation and then deepen the challenges the further one gets into it. I'm glad that things eventually worked themselves out and you were able to get going again without too many setbacks. Well handled, all round! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Those Junior rangers were lucky they were with you when the rhino decided to investigate you - you know just what to do in nearly every situation.

How lovely to see Lichensteins.

Your experience with the trailer must have been nerve racking - the trailer sounds like it needs some fixing (in the jockey wheel area). I'm sure you must have been just a teeny bit scared - when walking to try and get help, and also worried that you wouldn't have been able to solve the problem.

Well done - I'm sure its a day you'll never forget. Also take the time to be very proud of your problem solving abilities.
In the situation you were in it would be great to have the physical strength of a man, but its good to have the mental strength of a woman (I hope that's not sexist). :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Well done EJ, on solving your trailer problem! Clever lady! :dance: :dance:

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Hi EJ. Well I am glad tht you eventually solved your trailer problem without any close encounters of the predator kind. What an adventure and also lucky Junior HR's to have you along with them.


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