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Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:26 pm

Let me set the scene.

Many people are spooked by the Hamilton Memorial.
It has an atmosphere, people say.
This is where the ashes of the great James Stevenson Hamilton and his wife have been scattered.
He loved the place in his lifetime and his spirit still wonders through the silence.

I heard a well traveled mite saying that every time she went, she felt eyes watching her.

Wonderful place for Leopards, said one.

Wonderful place for Mambas, said another.

This is not a place for sissies.

MM does not belong to this sissie brigade, maybe other sissie brigades, but not this one.

I often go to sit and think. I often go alone.

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There is something about the atmosphere that I find compelling. I feel that the great man's spirit still watches, still guards and touches the earth he once loved.

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Something happened on my last trip however that stopped me in my tracks.
I expected that I might one day have an experience that would stand out, but not this.

This was a delinquency way beyond my expectations.
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Wild@Heart » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:38 pm

But it's there in the 2nd picture! You can see the eyes!!! :shock:
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:47 pm

Whilst we wait for her...

My 3 friends and I got out there once.
I warned them to be on the lookout for leopards, so 2 decided to arm themselves with rocks (1 picked up a big rock and the other a small one), just in case.

I heard the one with the big rock saying to the other when they sized up each others rocks: "You are just gonna anger the leopard when you hit him with that pebble..."

The other one chirped back: "Well, you can hardly pick yours up, you as good as dead!"

To which the big rock guy replied: "I have no plan to throw it at the leopard, I am gonna turn around and run. And when I hit top speed, I am gonna drop the rock and then I'll run even faster!" :lol: :lol:
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Wild@Heart » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:48 pm

Right there :twisted:

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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by noel » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:45 pm

MM, this should be interesting.
I have not visited Hamilton's Memorial, but recall I wanted to visit once, and as I am usually alone, for some reason I felt it was not a good idea and left it.
Now I learn that a) There are strange things and b) delinquents.
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:24 am

For those who have never been to the memorial, it was one of James Stevenson Hamilton's favourite places. It is a place of open vistas, dense bush, rocks and silence.

It is here that nature rules supreme.

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Let me set the scene.
There had been a thread on this area and I had stated that I often got out of my car alone.

I need proof, I thought, as this was not common practice.

My aim was to get Trusted Beauty alone in the parking area.
See, I can do it.

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As I arrived, I noticed another car parked.
I was not too phased, as I had every intention of spending a long time at the memorial.
I saw that it was a family and there was an air of palpable excitement.

The mother looked at me, an expression of shock and amazement.

"You won't believe what we have just seen", she said, "My husband is still there, but I'm too scared"

"Still there", is through this small intriguing path.

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Never one to shirk adventure and the unusual, MM grabbed her camera and ran.

MM's latest mugshot :wink: taken on the way there.

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oh dear, I must run.
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:16 am

MM :D I will have a new awareness next time I visit the Stevenson Hamilton memorial.
An awareness for delinquents and so on :hmz:.
Nice suspenseful thread :lol: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:07 pm

Looking at MM's second photo in the first posting, it seems to me the delinquency is the fact that the memorial plaque was stolen (probably for scrap metal) as the one at Dipene.
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:47 am

The Hamilton Memorial in particular is sacred.

I ran to the action site and could not believe my eyes.

Honestly, it is very difficult to give perspective of this strange sight.

A man, both excited and fearful pointed.

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The first delinquent was disappearing and I could only get a bum shot.

The man next to me was worried that if the ellie decided to turn nasty he would never be able to outrun the beast.

"Don't worry", I said, "unless he's crossed with a ballet dancer and has special gifts of agility, you should be safe".

The second ellie gave me a much better facial view.
Must be his/her best side.

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I have tried to give a perspective of how unusual this possibly is.
The steepness of the terrain, the denseness of the bush.
I have often seen ellie dung in strange places on walks, but I have never been so close to ellies chomping away in a place I would have though inaccessible.
I was probably, at some point, 5 metres away.

They were obviously enjoying their meal and it was certainly very tasty branches that they were eating.
But also, naughty ellies :rtm: no feeding of animals.

just to remind you :wink:
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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Mubi » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:24 pm

Great animals come to pay their respects to great people.
The Old Man will have been well pleased with their visit - I'm sure.
Instead of the ellies giving him a trunk call, they made a personal visit.
Can just see him grinning.....

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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:55 pm

Yes it is amazing how ellies get into certain places. :shock:

We were on the H9 travelling to Letaba a while back, and just by the Shilawuri Loop turning, we looked up towards the large Koppie (ever hopeful for a leopard sighting) and there, almost at the top, were two huge ellies!!! :big_eyes:

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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Leanawel » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:59 pm

Thanks MM - loved this story.
Visited the memorial two months ago - wanted to just sit there, but there were about 4 cars and people eating coffee and rusks etc etc, and after 15min we departed.
But I shall try next time :)

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Re: Strange delinquents at Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:00 pm

Clearly more sure footed than we generally give them credit for! 8)
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Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by WELSH_ASH » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:52 am

Creating a new post for this as it was mistakenly posted elsewhere previously....

I was last here in November 2014. I went to scatter some of my late father's ashes at the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial as i have mentioned in my last trip report here:

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=82818&p=2182798#p2182798

My only regrets are not taking enough good quality pictures of the memorial and Shirimintanga Hill as I would love to frame them for my home in memory of my Dad.

Would anyone be kind enough to share any nice photos of the stevenson-hamilton memorial or shirimintanga hill that I could use to frame at my home please? :pray:

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Re: Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial

Unread post by hilda » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:35 pm

Hi WELSH_ASH,

We have been to Kruger recently, and went to the Stevenson Hamilton Memorial to take a few pictures for you. I don't know if any of these will be good enough for you to frame, but here they are:

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