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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:29 am

Now let me tell you about the Mount Zebra wind. This is not a wind that blows consistently and gives you a gauge of its strength and ferocity. This is a wind that sometimes acts in a very friendly way, drops a little, plays at your feet and just as you think you have you tent erection under control... it comes and rips and tears everything apart in a most cruel manner.

Noname telling the wind to behave :wink: taken on our last trip.

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Which leads me to my next point:

Learn to ask for help

a reminder of MM and Sarabi at Addo where there was a wind break and two people.

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I eventually had to admit defeat. This was not going to work. I went to reception and asked if anyone was able to assist me in setting up my tent.

They were most helpful and a few minutes later two men arrived to help me set up for the night.

Are you sure you want the tent here? I was asked...

I looked at the view and without hesitation answered in the affirmative.

"Where are the tent pegs?" they asked..... I looked in vain for tent pegs... no tent pegs :doh: maybe at Addo :wall: :wall: :wall:

"Don't worry", I said, "my weight will hold it down".

A picture of MM taken at home with a new virgin tent. MM, the mighty mouse.... with the weight to hold down a tent in an Eastern Cape gale. :doh:

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ah, for the next lesson in a while.. :wink:
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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:37 am

Ah yes, where was I?

I was in a tent with a wonderful view, in a gale force wind... with no tent pegs.

My initial plan had been to pitch my tent and leave for a late afternoon drive. Well it was now early evening and there was certainly no place on my agenda for a late afternoon drive. There was no late afternoon left.

I went off for a welcome shower in some very smart and clean ablutions. I cannot post pictures for obvious reasons.

Supper was a tin off tuna, not very nice tuna and dried rolls. I also had a half bottle of flat Autumn Harvest. Remember, this was a trip through Rhodes where Autumn Harvest is sold in higher quantities than tea or coke. :whistle: Autumn Harvest had been the cheapest drink to buy. The first half had been consumed while pitching my tent.. its called Cape Dutch courage.

I went to bed fairly early after a magnificent sunset.

Well, I have spent uncomfortable nights.. but nothing prepared me for this.

I get to my next lesson..

Never underestimate tent pegs :big_eyes:

Remember the tent. This is the non aerodynamic tent at Letaba and my hungry son.

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I was thrown about in the dark by what seemed to be demonic forces.

I felt my mattress lift as if an invisible hand was playing rummy with my life. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

My tent moved in the darkness and at one point I even wondered if it had knocked over the rubbish bin meters from my tent. Something hard was stopping my progress.. it was pitch dark and I had no way of seeing into black.

I remembered that the bins are often the hunting grounds of determined primates.

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Frightening images of my future and my mortality invaded disjointed and technicolor dreams. (never trust Autumn Harvest on a mere tin of tuna.)

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There was not much sleep to be had.. then just before dawn, the wind dropped.. and ran away. The dawn was greeted by silence, a blessed silence.. and then the first twitter of the dawn chorus.

Thank goodness it was this

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and not this

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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:44 am

Philip on the ball is better than waking up to a tin man, a scarecrow and a fearful Lion :wink:

Kite the tent has served me very well. It is an Eco 360, but it is not good in winds. I have decided that for windy times, particularly August and September, to get a canvas tent... and to remember tent pegs.

or else to get one of these :wink:

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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:32 am

Melph...

a "ggod morning" picture for you..

waiting for 2015.

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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:48 am

Morning had broken, indeed it had. A perfect Mount Zebra morning.

The previous night's torment had disappeared like a thief in the night. I had one permanent memory though..

completely splintered tent poles :big_eyes:

I left Mount Zebra camp knowing that I could take a leisurely drive to the gate.

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I was in awe of the mystery of the country.

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I fell in love with its namesake.. the gentle creature of the slopes.

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flowers, fynbos, produced a carpet of colour.. and I drank in a flora so delicate and tough.

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as I turned towards the gate, a movement disturbed me. I could not believe my eyes... :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

a gift

a sighting of sightings :D

I watched with wonder and delight as a family group of 16 Meercat frolicked around a pool of water. They seemed to have no fear of my great tin monster. I was spellbound.

I could not believe my luck :D

I could not believe my misfortune :(

Here I was watching one of the most endearing sightings of my life and I would have no recorded memory :wall: :wall: :wall:

Nothing to it

I had to return again.

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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:49 pm

testing...TESTING

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Re: Reviewing a one night stand

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:52 pm

OOPS
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