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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:21 pm 
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Meandering Mouse wrote:
Richard, I loved your pictures and the memories it brought back. :thumbs_up: I watched the Two Oceans yesterday. Tim Noakes was running in the half marathon and I thought of our conversation... far too short.


MM I have continued the conversation as a conclusion to my "More than Cricket" report.

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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:25 am 
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I'm on board for this one.

I've been quietly sitting on the sidelines reading some of the TRs and looking at the photos. Looks like it was an awesome event for all. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Wish I could have been there :(


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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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Ms Mouse, may I join the bus???? :pray: :pray:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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I am interested :dance:

Want to see more :P

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See our trip reports:

Christmas Trees in the Kalahari May 2012

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

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Kalahari Reflections March 2014


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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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Me too! Its the only way I'll get there!


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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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RichardJ, I have so enjoyed what you have written. Sadly my time was so short, that I find my images just completely inadequate to give a good perspective.

Timbits, I do hope that you can be there one year. Certainly, this year showed that the cricket is here to stay. :thumbs_up:

Billy, welcome onto my bumbling and rather slow bus. :redface: :redface: :redface:

Gavin, I now know why you and some others are so passionate about this special place. I need to come back again and again and again.

Salamanda, who knows what possibilities may arise. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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I will admit that I did wonder how KTP would manage with the logistics of managing the cricket. Having been involved at various levels, I was aware of how big an undertaking this would be.

At this point I will remain silent about MM's swimming feats. Maybe this is a reason why swimming has not been introduced as a Sanparks sport. :wink:

Taken at Orpen by another mite.

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Baffers in action at Skuks :thumbs_up:

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I also wondered about how people might feel about the lack of a golf challenge.

Note the dangerous animals :wink:

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So it was with these memories that I approached the cricket.

Bigman is the scorer who passed away a few months after this photo was taken. A man who gave without complaint. Nobody knew how ill he was at the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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Trip reports are great! They help bring the forum community together as well.
Maybe we like a bit of escapism and that may be a reason that the poaching thread is not read by as many as it should be. Besides the fact that it can only be read by members who are logged in!
To borrow a word from Anna-Marie's cricket trip report, a " WOW " name!
"Dunes, donkeys and ducks" - the mind boggles! :shock: :wink: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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True Kite.

I think for many, poaching is just too painful. I am deeply committed at every level to doing what I can for poaching, but each image, each thought cuts deep into the soul. Each time I hear of more animals killed, it is as though the sun has stopped shining.

I try to give what I can, when I can. I hope that my monetary contributions make a difference.

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 Post subject: Re: Dunes, donkeys and ducks
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Now that Kite has brought up the Rhino poaching, I will bring up another reason for attending the cricket.

I decided after much deliberation to join the virtual honorary rangers. It was not a decision that I took lightly. I knew that it would be a commitment and was really concerned about it cutting into my freedom. MM is very conscious about freedom.

Ultimately, looking at the poaching and the many challenges facing conservation, I decided to "take the plunge". Being involved is the only way to take away the sense of helplessness.

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