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March 18th, 2007 – by: stodbrown
The park is mainly deciduous forest, with grasslands, lakes, banyan trees, and a little jungle mixed in. Thereâ€™s a giant fort with banyan trees, and tropical bushes growing out of it. It looks like an ancient temple long forgotten by men. I felt the Indiana Jones in me would force me to explore the place.
We drove around for an hour looking for tigers. After a while it became obvious to everyone in the canter that we werenâ€™t going to see any. Itâ€™s just too hard to find them. Several times we would see tiger tracks in the road. They were always several days old, and always leading into the wrong direction. A few times the canter would stop and cut off its engines. Wondering why, I asked what was up? The guide was listening for distress calls from other animals. He said that anytime a tiger is spotted, the forest animals create an uproar. We gave up on the tiger. We went to a lake and saw crocodiles, and many deer.
Before I take you to our next stop, you have to hear about the Kingfishers.
We eventually left the lake and plodded around for a few hours. During this trip, Iâ€™ve had a few minor obstacles to overcome, and a few times, things didnâ€™t go just according to plan. These instances are far outweighed by the amount that has gone right.
The only downside to the sighting was that I couldnâ€™t get a good shot off. The people in the front row were standing up, so that we couldnâ€™t see the tiger. By standing up, these people were actually distancing themselves from the cat. I did get a few shots, but some lady flinging her camera about ruined the best shot of the day. I had the tiger perfectly framed, and she for some reason decides thatâ€™s the time to give the camera to her husband. The camera was placed right over the tiger in my shot. Took a few others, but the tiger was in the bushes by that point. Too bad, but really, if thatâ€™s all I have to complain about, then Iâ€™m doing pretty well. Every time our canter happened upon a jeep or another canter, the driver and guide would brag to the other drivers and guides. We met a group of Americans whoâ€™ve been in India for 3 weeks on a safari park package. Theyâ€™ve been to six parks, and have only seen two tigers, and they were both about two hundred yards off. I saw the group back at the hotel, and they nicely asked that I not share my experience with them, as they had grown quite frustrated by that point.
Everything is working out on this trip so far. Anytime you travel, you have to expect a few mishaps. Itâ€™s raining in a place you were very much looking forward to, or the museums closed on Wednesdays, or whatever. These frustrations have been largely absent from this trip. I really hope this trend continues, as I have so much left to do. Iâ€™ve already done Bangkok, and I did it well. I did Phi Phi and Krabi, and I rocked them both. India, while a rough transition has turned out to be as amazing as I hoped. Thereâ€™s plenty left though. Iâ€™m planning on going to Dharamsala, home of the Dali Lama. Itâ€™s called â€śLittle Tibet.â€ť Following this, Iâ€™m headed to Kerala, which is known in India as â€śGods Country.â€ť Once in Europe, there will be much to do. Iâ€™m planning on going to an English Premier League soccer match. Iâ€™m trying to go to Italyâ€™s official carnival party in Rome, as well as official Easter celebrations in Sienna. Iâ€™ll be in Norway for â€śSupt de Maiâ€ť 17th of May, their July 4th. Iâ€™m going to try to hit all the festivals of Europe that I can. Iâ€™m meeting my mom in Greece on June 2nd, and hopefully Rob in London sometime in the spring. I then head to Paris for â€śFete de music,â€ť one of the coolest days to be there. I will also try to hit Wimbledon in late June. I head to NYC to hang with my buddy Chase for about a week, and then head home. I hope to arrive on July 3rdâ€¦just in time for one last festivalâ€¦
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