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I have shocked myself three times in one morning on the Addo fence ....

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@ JenB
You had me laughing imagining what it looked like! Have you told your SO the truth? Definitely the "stupidest" thing on the thread.


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Hm-m-m-m....

Couldn't decide whether or not to own up to this, but it seems we have a rather rowdy and lively bunch here, so here goes...

On our very first trip to KTP (Nossob) in the 1990s, the exhilaration, the atmosphere....okay, maybe also the wine, took control of my senses, and I decided it would be a great idea to "ENJOY" the great outdoors...romantically speaking....

My SO thought this was a rather dangerous (read STUPID) idea, so I pulled out my last line of defense challenge..." I thought you were a MARINE !!!"

Well,...it works every time.

In our subsequent trips we have seen scorpions, cobras, puff adders, and enough huge paw prints to make us realize what a totally irresponsible thing that was to do.

(But it remains on my TOP TEN list of.....you-know-what!)


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On my last trip I realised only too painfully that I can still be nominated for blonde of the year

Camping is still rather new to me. I am rather a scatter brained person, so I went to great pains to organise myself in a methodical way. I even packed smaller pre-arranged bags so I would not have one big bag with missing contents scattered through the Park.

It worked so well

I had a little bag for any clothes above my waist.
I had one bag for any clothes below my waist.
and my brand new hiking bag, bought specially for the Olifants trail was set aside for my nighttime stuff and things that didn't need to be folded

How much organised can one get

I woke up early on my last day at Maroela camp. I was very excited, as I was to be leaving for 4 nights in the north.
It was still pitch dark, so I stumbled over to the communal kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee or three.

I placed my chair under a tree and waited for the approaching sunrise.
I sat in quiet reverie listening to the rustling of a Dagga Boy a few metres away from me.

How much better can life get, I thought.

My mind got stuck very deeply in a train of thought, the kind that transports you into a parallel universe. It was the kind where you go glassy eyed and wake up realising that time has gone it's own way.

I packed up thinking in my parallel universe.

As I left the camp I glanced behind me.
There was a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I was leaving for a place yet to be explored.
I knew that I had packed the tent poles, so .. I was now on my way.

"Good thing about camping" MM thinks with glee, "is that you can leave nothing under the bed"

I glanced in my rear view mirror as I drove away, content that all was well.

After a very eventful drive, I arrived at Letaba.
I booked into my tent and went exploring.
It was getting dark and I was very tired.

After a long walk looking at the Letaba river, I decided to make it an early night.

I had a quick bite and noticed some ablutions close to the restaurant.

"That is so cool MM thought. Thanks to my new organised way of packing, all I have to do is find my brand new, state of the art back pack and take it into the showers.

I patted myself on the back for my pro-active thinking.

I went to my "Trusted Beauty" and opened the back door.

I looked.. and looked .. and looked ..

no back pack

I took out the tent and poles


no backpack..

I unpacked the remains of my food supply.. paltry remains left over after been emptied out by all the primates

no backpack.

By now it was pitch dark and curious onlookers were starting to gather round my pile of camping gear strewn around my car.
Everything was on the tar around me.. and my car would just not spit out the back pack.

No matter how hard I looked, my brand new, much cherished backpack would not appear

I went to bed dirty and unwashed. I didn't even have a toothbrush
I spent the night filled with questions and self irritation..
maybe it was Altzheimers after all?
How could I be so stupid?

and.. and .. and ...

then it occurred to me

as I had entered my parallel universe while watching the Dagga boy and thinking of the cycle of life and death, I had casually rested my backpack against the tree next to me.

So there I was, halfway to Punda, with my brand new, state of the art, extra light, imported, bargain hunted back pack stuck at Maroela.

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Ai, jai, jai, MM.
Not to worry, I often find myself diagonally parked in a parallel universe... particularly in KNP.

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I exceeded Africats exploits , against the trunk of a huge Sycamore fig tree in broad daylight within 5 metres of the Sabie river in 1998 .

I was legally allowed to be there .

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Did you wear fig leaves?

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Wasn't necessary for (as far as we knew) there were no human spectators (staff) there .

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 Post subject: Disgusting Americans
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:54 pm 
Great post, AFRICAT!

This raises rather an interesting point.

I have some horrendous stories regarding "you know what" in a natural setting. (Obviously they won't even make it past my keyboard, never mind the mods.)

Some people do equate the "bush experience" with absolute debauchery...

Is there a psychological term for that?

Seriously now...


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Lucky?

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Maybe the term can be called "bossies" (out of their minds)

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Location: Back at work... Don't you just love hospitality...
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I have a few silly moments, But ja, but I have to seriously think... Oh Yes...

Just after my da passed away, the family decided to go camping... you know, with the trusty gas lamp... (You can start imaginging what'll happen)

We were braaing, and yours truly decided not to look were I was walking and bam! Second-Degree burn on my arm... Oh Holiday... (Shouldn't that only happen in films???!!!)

Ah, the good 'ol days...

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 Post subject: Re: Stupid things you have done in the Park.
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well I would have 2 stories I guess...

in KNP I was quite well-behaved so far...
only can remember that I had to make tribute to nature`s call in the middle of nowhere - was somewhere along the sabie river
so I had a quick stroll outside, right next to the car, as close as possible - did it as fast as I could

since then I always look at the size of the water bottels we buy in the shops so I could "use" them in case of an emergency


At St.Lucia my SO and I also had a "romantic moment" - at some lookout/rest point whatsoever
won`t give any details but we sure were quite inobservant about possible animals lurking around

don`t think I would something similar again though!

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12 September Berg n Dal
13 September Pretoriuskop

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 Post subject: Re: Stupid things you have done in the Park.
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This is some thing that happen to my SO. We both smoek and have the good habbit of always having a bottle of water in the car for putting out the stompies"but". This specific morning she was letting me have it for driving to fast then to slow. ask her for the stompie bottle to put out my stompie, at that moment we ran into lions next to the road. I was having a cold one watching the lions. My SO in her moment of weakness mistaken the open valpre water bottel in her hand as her bottel of water and took a good gulp of cold water with some Winston stompies in it. I had to drive of quickly because the other visitors wouldn't have think i was nice to them screaming of laughter. Needles to say it was all my fault. According to her. It took me a while that evening to clean the front and side windows.

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