Game & Stuff

Trip Start Sep 15, 2009
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Trip End Nov 21, 2009


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Friday, November 6, 2009

We had a few hours of driving as usual before we made it to a campsite in the middle of Etosha National Park.  The camp was a pretty nice camp and even had a swimming pool, a waterhole to watch game drink water, and a restaurant/bar.  We arrived mid-day and ate some lunch.  Afterwards a few of us kicked the football around and had a great time.  I tried to recruit some people to go for a run but I had no takers.  Since I have learned to use the opportunity when given, I went for a run despite the mid-day heat.  I ended up doing laps around the waterhole, pool, and campgrounds.  I finished up at the pool and dove straight in because it was so dam hot.  In the late afternoon, we went for our first game drive in the park and saw some wildlife.  Etosha has 86 waterholes in the park which is nice because if you go to them, you are pretty much guaranteed to see something there.  We basically bounced around from one to the next and saw a variety of animals.  We saw a ton of giraffe, elephants, zebra, springbok, and wildebeest.  We did see one lion but it was very brief.  Night time included sitting by the waterhole in our camp quietly and watch animals come up.  The waterhole has an orange light so you could sit and watch animals come up to drink all night long.  Right before I was going to head to bed, I saw one of the girls in our group run out of her tent and vomit. 
Etosha NP 11/7
Early in the morning, I learned that three of the 12 people in the group were sick last night.  Even the cook was feeling bad too and a different guy was out for a day before the three so that makes it five out of 15 in total.  That’s not good I thought.  We had an early morning game drive that started at 6am.  The game drive was really cool.  We again bounced around from waterhole to waterhole.  We went to one waterhole that seemed to have every animal from The Lion King.  It had giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, jackals, and birds.  We were there for quite awhile and it was nice to see.  The giraffes were neat to watch drink water.  Since they have such long necks, they have to really bend their front legs and also spread them just to reach it.  It really looks uncomfortable for them but it seems to get the job done.  We also saw jackals running back and forth trying to catch birds.  The entire 30 minutes we were there, we were all thinking that the jackal was stupid and wasting his energy because he was always so late by the time the birds flew away.  But he did actually catch a bird after some time and ate it.  The jackal brought the bird out and then held it down with its paw while the bird tried to escape.  Through my binoculars I could see a wing flapping while the jackal tore into the bird.  Kill #2 Witnessed…..Awesome!  Lunch was at a camp in the park that had a pool where we chilled for a bit.  2 out of the 3 that were sick the night before were still very sick.  We had a game drive for a few hours until we got to our next camp.  On this game drive you could look around at everyone and no one was really looking for animals…including me.  I must admit I’m not the best game spotter.  Unless the elephants are standing next to the road, I probably wouldn’t see it.  I do try though.  On this game drive I was doing some reading I must admit.  We arrived at our next camp in the afternoon and since it was my day to help prepare veggies for dinner, I asked my cook group partner to come help out but she told me she couldn’t do it because she wasn’t feeling well.  Her stomach hurt her.  Funny thing is right when she told me that, I started to notice something weird in my stomach too.  I prepared the veggies and then had a look at the waterhole that was at this camp.  It was right at sunset and had three rhinos including a baby which was cool to see.  My stomach started to feel progressively worse now and I could tell something was up.  Dinner came and for the first time I didn’t feel like eating.  I took a smaller portion than usual and tried to eat as much as possible.  I managed about five bites before I decided to call it quits.  My job as cook group was also to help with the washing afterwards but I had someone else do it for me.  I headed to bed and laid there for many hours waiting to vomit.  I had my trash bag, flashlight, and camera ready.  My plan was once I had the feeling to vomit, to grab my flashlight, then turn the camera on, then finally grab the trash bag and film me vomiting.  What can I say, I’m a historian!  Like I said I laid there awhile with my tummy hurting and I just tried to sleep.  For awhile I also heard some loud animals making noise.  There were a bunch of lions at the waterhole roaring their heads off for a long time.  I heard it was really neat to see and I wish I could have seen it, but I was unable to move.  Sleep came for me sporadically throughout the night and vomiting never did.  
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