Safari 2012 Journal Entries: Day Five – Friday, July 20th, 2012 (part 3) Lunch Break

by david on August 16, 2012

The view from our mountaintop observation point is awesome.  If I had to guess, you can see 75-100 miles in any direction.  I ask Johann how much of it is the Ermo concession.  He points out a white speck in the distance and tells me that this is the border with Etosha National Park.  He explains that anything this side of that, and as far as you can see in any other direction, is inside the Ermo Concession.  I eat quietly in a state of reverence.  There is no way possible that anyone can sit here, taking in the beautiful views and not feel the presence of God. 

            Not being 100% recovered from my cold, I need some rest.  I find myself a rock at the appropriate angle in the shade, fold my coat into the shape of a pillow and make myself an African version of a “Lazy Boy” chair.  Sitting up so my sinuses do not slam shut and reclining enough, I can fall asleep.  It will be 3:00 soon and it will be time to continue the hunt.  I am embarrassed to admit but I have brought my iPhone with me to take pictures, video, and connect to the web with.  Now I use it as an alarm clock and set it for a few minutes to 3:00 pm, and I proceed to doze off.  Damn, I am getting old.  An hour and a half sitting on a rock have me stove up and moving like Lurch from “The Addams Family”.  It takes me a minute or two, but I finally get moving.  Johann has spotted wildebeest and once again, “the game is afoot”.

            Remember the Bill Murray movie, “Groundhog Day”?  He is trapped in a world where everything repeats itself over and over.  Well, we try to get close to the group of wildebeest Johann spotted before we head back to get Tjokkie.  Guess what?  If you guessed we had a long stalk followed by a swirl of wind, a sound of hooves, a cloud of dust, and vanishing wildebeest you would be right.  Even though this is hunting in its purest form, it is still frustrating and makes you want to break into your four-letter-word vocabulary.  Wildebeest 4, hunters 0.

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