We have not even left for South Africa and yet my anxiety and excitement is off the charts. I have spent the last two days here in Colorado waiting in anticipation for our departure on a two day trek from Grand Junction, Colorado to Johannesburg, South Africa. From there, we will face a long 5 hour jeep ride from the city to Sediba Nkwe Hunting Safari’s.
As many of you know. I am heading over there to learn about plains game animals, and hopefully will be able to obtain my PH or Guide license in plains game. This for me is a milestone. If you were to have asked me a year ago where I would be today, the last thing out of my mouth would have been “on my way to South Africa”.
Yesterday, at the last moment I had a change of heart. All who are attending this program were offered the chance to hunt three plains game animals. But I was concerned about finances. However, a few things came to mind:
1. The money I will spend is on something tangible, it’s not like I gambled it away in Vegas!
2. Three animals for that price is a great offer.
3. This is Africa! To miss out on an opportunity to hunt on one of the richest game area’s in the world is something that, personally, I would never forgive myself if I passed up.
Now as many of you know, I am a bow hunter. Until the day I die I want to harvest what I can, where ever I may go. But due to the fact I had a change of heart in such a short period of time, I will be doing these hunts by gun. Regardless, this is one of the most incredible journeys I will ever make. I hope it is not my last. I hope to take all my friends one day and be able to put them on the greatest African plains game that they have ever seen.
Only 11 PH in South Africa are permitted to teach this course and I will be taught by one of them. This is going to be one of the most difficult things I have ever attempted but my drive for success is higher than anything else. Am I nervous to hunt there? Absolutely. Am I nervous to take this course? Without a doubt. But I would rather come home empty handed from my hunts than to come home unsuccessful in obtaining my PH. Nothing to me matters more at this point.
I have no idea where I will end up after this. I have no idea what is in store for me. But doing what I am doing, and being able to see all of God’s creation is why I do this. I’m over worrying about what my goals are because it is so much more than that. This is my driven passion. My journey begins here.