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03
Mar
13

Daily Prompt: No, thanks! (No more!)

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Prior to 2011, the Indian subcontinent held little appeal in my mind. The heat, the crowding, the trash, the pollution – I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to spend 30 hours flying to be miserable. This all changed when my younger sister made the announcement that she would be moving to southern India, Chennai to be exact, for a couple of years. Having my little sister 10,000 miles away for that length of time was a bit difficult to process so I immediately decided I should plan a trip to the land of spices. Tickets purchased, passport and visa approved, I would be arriving in Chennai on October 25th of 2012.

After 3 weeks in the country, my mind was changed. Though there were some frustrations, I left knowing that I would be back again. The people, architecture, culture and religions were all beautiful – despite my short stay, I left a different person than when I arrived. Never again will I say I’m uninterested in visiting someplace – every destination presents an opportunity to learn and grow.

The Daily Prompt: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/daily-prompt-no-thanks/

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01
Nov
12

Wrath of Nilam

Well, I haven’t been in India a week and I’ve already experienced my first tropical cyclone. Melissa and I were out and about yesterday and decided it was time to hightail it back to her house. The winds were picking up and the sky angry. On the auto trip from Alwarpet to Besant Negar, we saw many trees down and streets starting to fill with water. The winds increased in intensity shortly after reaching the house and the power cut. We could hear glass breaking, people yelling and trees cracking as the storm made landfall south of here (near Mahabalipuram). The extent to which the wind bent the coconut trees around the house amazed me, how were they all not snapped in two? This morning, aside from a bit of wind it’s hard to tell a storm went through, we’ll be leaving soon to see the damage to the neighborhood, and check to see if they rescued the large diesel tanker that ran aground at nearby Elliot Beach.

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Shortly after Mom died, Dad handed me a check that she had written to me right before she was gone. Dad thinks it was for my birthday. I decided to buy something that would last forever and that I’d use a lot so I picked up this @alaskaguidecreations Kodiak C.U.B. to replace the stretchy strap Bino harness I was using before. It’s been so awesome for this trip!! It’s not too big and will be perfect for everything from deer hunting to winter squirrel hunting! #binoharness #hunting #antelopehunting #wyoming #publiclandowner #keepitpublic #publiclandhunting
In Michigan we have people performing birth control procedures on deer. I’m convinced that in Wyoming, they implant antelope with @onxhunt chips so they know exactly where the public/private land boundaries are. I’d be a big fat liar if I said I wasn’t frustrated!! Tomorrow I’m going to try and backpack in to a huge section of BLM land about 4 miles out, it’s connected to the BLM land I have been hunting by a 600 yard wide section with private on each side. Thank goodness for onX and Gaia GPS, otherwise it’d be seriously challenging to navigate. Today I saw many cows and sheep, loads of cow shit, many blaze orange hats and one coyote. #hunting #antelopehunting #publiclandowner #publiclandhunting #wyoming #keepitpublic
My commentary on the mud today 😂 #hunting #antelopehunting #publiclandhunting #publiclandowner #keepitpublic #mud #dannerboots #wyoming
My first day of antelope hunting didn’t result in any antelope sightings but the only word I can use to describe it is epic. Sticky, thick mud making my boots feel like they weighed 10 lbs made navigating the rough, broken terrain even more difficult. I did kick 4 mule deer bucks out of their bed in a little wash which was neat! I tore my pants on barbed wire (I’m less than graceful at navigating that evil stuff). And, on my hike back, I saw a plump little cottontail, fur aglow in the evening light. Would this be my first rabbit? Apparently not, I shot twice and missed twice. After that the rabbit figured I was too stupid to make him dinner and bolted. I was sleeping by 730! #hunting #publiclandhunting #publiclandowner #blm #wyoming #antelope #antelopehunting
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