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Rwanda Africa - Hiking with Mountain Gorillas

My family and I were hiking through a thick bamboo forest in Rwanda, the mist kissing our faces, the peacefulness of which was in sharp contrast to the two armed military guards in front of and behind us. We were tense, expecting at any minute to encounter the powerful beasts we were tracking. As we ventured on, the landscape transformed, and nettles the size of dinner plates threatened to reach out and sting us as we crested a hill to view a breathtaking valley. It was covered in ferns so tall that we had to bend our necks to see the tops, and so thick that when flattened to the ground we could walk on them without ever touching the earth. We rounded a bend and I almost ran smack into an enormous silverback mountain gorilla.

Everyone was speechless and spent the next hour observing the wild animals in sheer awe. We laughed as the younger apes and babies expressed their curiosity, coming so close that we could have picked them up, and marveled at how much they resembled us. When it was time to leave, we knew that it was an experience we would never forget and were ecstatic to have seen these rare, majestic creatures in the wild. Hunting is not only about harvesting animals, but also involves conservation of wildlife. To be a hunter means to have an intrinsic, deep-seated appreciation for nature. On this trip to the Dark Continent, we played the role of both hunter and conservationist, ensuring that these creatures would be available for my children to observe many years down the road. Hunters are the fine balance between destruction and creation that holds the natural world in place, and on this trip, I attempted to emulate how an ethical hunter should toe this line.


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Amazing sense of composition as sieres, the essence of each imagine speak by it self, your implementation of nature give them they own space & self identity.touch full. Great sieres Many.Pedro.

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I watched SNL last night and heuglad at this. Another celebrity that has screwed up and owned up is David Letterman. I've admired how he apologises for his very public mistakes. A good lesson for all of us...and most of us don't live under constant observation.

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