By this time my neighbour was lying on the floor. Bliksem.
The grass looks dry, but I soon realize that I can stick my thumb into the ground without trying.
Then a SANP official rocks up. "Wat het ons hier, meneer?" ("What do we have here, sir?") he asks. Wel, hier het on 'n toyota corolla wat in sy moer in vas sit" (Well, here we have a toyota corolla stuck for all love and money) I reply.
He laughs and tells me that he will go get help at the office. The same office where I've told the staff 30mins ago that their stuffed red-breasted sparrowhawk was actually a little sparrowhawk. There goes my reputation... out of the window. I would love to have known what was said in that office. LOL! I am sure it was something in the region of "Ja-nee kyk, hierdie meneer van die stad het nou lekker sy naam kom loop gatmaak hier by ons". ("The oke from the city made a fool of himself").
Then a chick (I think she was a ranger) and her blonde lady friend rocks up. After giving me a bit of a lecture in how not to get stuck she smiles and walks off and pull me out with the 4x4. Hee hee.. big oops for me.
Later on that night they came driving by as I was trying to get cell reception to phone home. I made a dive roll in behind a
drum so that they couldn't see me. Too late... they did. She asked me if I was in trouble again. With a guilty schoolboy look on my face I replied no, that I was just waiting for WTD to come back fro mthe loo, when lil WTD shouted from the tent direction that I must hurry up, cause she wants to go see the "bosspook" (forest ghost). I left with a redface, once again.
That night, I realised that I only had two lil blankies... A springbok one and a barbie girl one. Together with two big towels I managed to get WTD and myself covered. That night I learnt that a 4yr old can wrap herself up in a blanket better then a savoury pancake. I ended up getting dressed in all my clothes and wrapping a towel around my feet. I hardly slept as the wood owls and genets had a moerofa party outside. I did get some awesome genet photos as result of my ordeal thou. LOL.
Anyhoo, I made sure that I was gone by first light the next morning to save some face, but not before one of the staff walked up to me and told me: "Meneer moet nou asb nie weer erens in die bos gaat loop vassit nie, hoor?" ("Please don't get stuck in the bush somewhere again, hear?").
I've learnt my lesson... Never again will I mock an oke ever again after getting stuck. The blind sjambok talks back... not today, not tomorrow, but someday it will...
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