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Ranthambore National Park, India

Filed under: India,Photos — she_travels at 2:26 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The quiet of Todgarh was not on my original itinerary. I was under the impression the only time were would get a break from the crazy busy that is India was Ranthambore.  I understood if one is going to travel in the park by six seat gypsy jeep instead of the much larger canter one must book said jeep safari weeks in advance.  The prices were very dear but three meals were included.  I knew going in Ranthambore was going to be a coin toss and I worried a fair amount cause it was the ONLY place I had booked.

Sawai Madhopur is the name of the town, Ranthambore is the name of the national park. For what ever reason I thought there was some distance between the two and that the hotel I had booked was in the park. I was wrong, the hotel was IN town, not so much with the relaxing quiet of nature. The drive to the park was of some distance. The food was not great, the room was not great,  the noise level was high… but all that pales when you get to the park… it was one of those who cares about all that when I have this to play in.

Our 1st trip into the park was at 6.30am, something went wrong some where, we did not leave the hotel until after 7am.  Once in the park there was much checking in of the jeep and a naturalist joined us. We went through gate 7 in search of tigers. Saw none but we did see…..

 

The sun, she was not up yet.

 

Bit o the water.. here kitty, kitty.

 

It was pretty even without the cats.

 

He was looking,  looking and looking.

 

 

As I remember we turned about and came back though gate seven to cross the road. We may have been in that section for 90 minutes. No tiger.

 

Tiger track… we were told he came down earlier in the morning in search of water. That is a jeep tread, check out the size of  that dude’s foot! The tigers in the park are numbered, they told us which one this was due to where he was seen. Tigers are, for the most part, solitary and territorial.

There is conflicting information on the web and what park people told us. We understood there were 45 tigers/19 cubs in the park, they are territorial, is there enough space for all of them… the answer depends on who you talk to or what web site you are reading. There are hints of poaching and poisoing still going on. As with anything in the world, tough to sort fact from fiction. In the mean time… have a look at the places we saw that morning.

 

Spotted Deer

 

 

This may be what they call Antelope but I could be wrong being they live most of their lives in the water.

 

 

Lone Green Tree.

 

 

Peacock, the only pic I got that morning of one that was NOT fuzzy.

 

Open spaces, wooded spaces, variety there is.

 

 

 

And a view to boot.

 

 

 

Sawai Madhopur from above.

 

Zone 7 from above. I found out later the tiger in Zone seven is a female with two cubs.

We didn’t see a tiger but we saw much variation in vegetation and terrain. We saw  few animals but it was mostly about the views.

Then there was the afternoon safari… understand seeing a tiger is all about luck and a bit of info. I understand %80 of  the tiger sightings are in the morning so I was not all that hopeful.  In the morning there were six of us plus the driver and the naturalist. In the afternoon it was Mom and I in the back, better viewing for short people, an Indian couple in the middle seats, the driver and the naturist were in the front. The moment the four tourists were settled in seats the naturalist said “There was a tiger sited this morning in zone 4, we know they stay in one spot during the heat of the day. We are going back to that spot hoping to see her.”

And we were off:

 

Bit fuzzy,  that happens in moving vehicles,  but ya get the idea.

 

 

They say this is the largest Banyan Tree in India, my guess is we can not see it all.  There is a wall gate behind, and a fort on the hill.

 

Reminds me of a photo I snapped in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild boar

 

 

See the peacocks?

 

Deers, Alligator. Noone seemed all that concerned.

 

They really are water animals.

 

This crazy bird.. I thought he was going to land on my head. He is on the rollbar of the jeep. Ya shoulda seen the contortions I had myself in trying to get his photo but not spook him.

 

 

We hung about various parts of  the lake watching the animals do what animals do. It was very pleasant.

 

 

And then by some clock or magic I know not about we were on a road with a  curve, see the green canter.. I was not convinced I knew what was going on but ya kinda got  the idea everyone was looking for The Tiger.  I know enough about such things that it may come down to a very distance sighting, something though the trees, only of one paw or that we were not going to see her at all.  Shezzz, had I only known.

 

There we were all of us in various jeeps and canter, waiting, looking, peering in to the forest.  Then… the driver of our jeep stood up, leaned over to whisper in the naturalist’s ear, I saw a smile and he pointed. I didn’t see, he gave me directions I no longer remember on where to find her…poof. TIGER.  Do you see her?  My guess is by now all the other people in the area know our driver found her. Again by some bit of skill or magic I don’t know.. when Miss Tiger got up, they knew where she was going.  The driver whipped the jeep around, if you go, understand your safety is up to you, it was a short,  slightly frightening ride dodging trees, rocks and canters.. jeep stopped… again we wait…

 

We were NOT alone.

 

I had no illusion that tiger was going to get anywhere near this circus… and then.

 

There she  was plain as day walking over the hill like she owned the place.  The driver had managed to park us in a spot directly in front of her.. I kid you not, I had the best seat in the house.

 

Closer…

 

Closer…

 

Closer.. ok now my heart is starting to pump and I am a bit worried I am dinner.

 

Then she turned, not so much as a flicker of “hey, whatcha doing in my forest.”

 

She looks like two different cats.  I am told every tiger has different stripes.

 

 

 

Then she was gone.   He told us she was a young female of about three years. Goodness, that was all kinds of fun.. we tipped both the driver and the naturist for a job well done.

 

I enhanced this pic just a tad to bring out her stripes.

 

The last pic of Rathambore…

Someone put seed out.

 

Off to Jaipur next…

Jaisalmer, India

Filed under: India,Photos,SunSet — she_travels at 10:09 am on Monday, April 2, 2012

Couple of pics from the road on the way to Jaisalmer.

The rock slabs are used for fence and walls of homes as well as cattle guards.

Driving east toward Pakistan, past Jaisalmer to Khuri, Lahku was kind enough to stop the car so I could have a pic of the Fort in Jaisalmer. The place is as huge as it looks. This is the only fort we saw with residents, 3000 of them.

You may remember a  small hut mom and I stayed in on the Thailand trip. This so much reminded us of that place.

We had a quick wash up and a cuppa before heading off on camels to see the sunset.

People, I have been on nine zillion horses and more than one elephant, none of this prepared me for a camel. They have four joins in their hind legs, they stand up back end first so you are thrown forward much more than you ever imagine you will be, AND they keep going up. By the time Ralph (yes I named him Ralph) was unfolded I thought I was going to have altitude sickness. I am embarrassed to say a bit of a surprised squeal escaped.  Mom having watched my distress was cucumber cool whilst  Daisy Mae rose to complete height.

The next few are from the camel ride. I don’t think riders are allowed to control the camel, we were not, there were two guys walking with us. I was truly surprised to see how sensitive Ralph was to what the camel boy asked.

The community well, I think these ladies are washing clothes.

It took me three attempt to get this pic, it was all about timing with camel movement.

Sure enough desert.

Ralph’s ears.

Daisy Mae napping while we wait for the sun to set.

Between the pollution and the dust in the air..this is what you get.

The place we stayed. These people were so nice and the food, holy hannah, all of it locally grow. The soup stuff was yummy.

I am out of time again… to be continued.

Swamp Search, Part Three, Redux

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:37 am on Saturday, August 20, 2011

We motored through a few very shallow waterways off the main bayou… the sun was off and on but I think the pics are passable.

Whoo-hoo the sun came out.

If there were a bit of sun the reflections would be more interesting.

Mr. Eric had us zipping down the bayou, he started to call  a name my brain could not sort over the noise of the boat. He was slowing down and seemed to be looking for something. I was trying very hard to understand what he was calling, I thought perhaps there was swamp guide guy in the forest or maybe an animal on shore. Eric started muttering something about a place to tie the boat when I saw an alligator coming at us with some great speed, his huge tail sweeping back and forth pushing him forward. Then it occurred to me Eric was calling the gator (Thibodaux).  Come on, I had learned not two hours before alligators  only predators are man and each other. Now! you tell me! why the heck would a carnivore at the top of the food chain come when called?  Marshmallows. That crazy gator came to get a few marshmallows and believe or not a pat in the tail by Mr. Eric.

Alligators and marshmallows..I still don’t believe it and I was there. I am telling ya people, travel more learn crazy things.

Thibodaux just before he decided he would like a  taste of my shoe. Thank goodness Eric was paying more attention the gator than I was.He  hissed “Get down”,  Thibodaux hesitated then slid back in to the water.

At one point we scared the birds up.

It was great fun to say the least.

Gotta love cropping pics.

Swamp Search, Part Three

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 2:36 pm on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Right then, I do not consider myself a tourist, yes I end up in some places where there are many tourist but for the most part I am wandering, I don’t have so much a plan or have a list of sites I must see, I just happen upon what I happen upon.

I had a friend in Colorado who was very concerned indeed about my and my Mothers welfare on this trip, every evening I would give them a call have a chat about the days events and possible options on the morrow.  This friend of mine one evening  said “You should find an air boat ride.”  So I thinks to myself, if I could find a more personal kind of deal as appose to the herd sorted thing perhaps I would be willing to have a go. Mom of course is up for about anything..Air boat is it.

The problem were against was either far to much water so the boats were not running or no water, no boats. After much conversion and chatting with folks we happened upon an air-boat adventure, dang, I am looking at the map and have no idea where that guy was.  Maybe it was close to Laplace cause we had dinner on Lake Pontchartrain, best crab cakes ever!

On to the pics…

Not with the herd..woohoo!

See him, mid pic? He prolly thought he was sneaky or maybe just patient.

Then, his patience vanished,  he is between  shore and the boat.

Less swamp, more bayou. The guide/driver was a dude by the name of Eric, yeah should he not have been Billy or Billy Joe or..  nahh dudes name was Eric.  It is hard to know if they take on personas to entertain the tourists or if he really was part rowdy bar brawling, drinking loon. Either way the guy was fun.

I should tell you if ever ya have a chance to ride an air boat..it is one of those things you will never forget. The ride is glass smooth and FAST!  Yeah ok, it is loud as well but with the right head gear… twas fun.

This deal is part education, part intro to alligators, NOT crocodiles, they are a whole different can of worms. and part go fast.

The first stop was a bump out to the main water track where several alligators collect. I heard the guy behind me say “I count six.”  I replied with “They get feed here what , twice a day? looking at Eric.  He nodded. Little did I know they are not feeding these gators chicken or beef or any other thing you would figure a carnivore to eat.  They feed the gators marshmallows.  Now, come on, if you were an alligator, roaming about for a meal would you hang around a pool were some dude feeds you marshmallows. Makes no kind of sense to me.

Dang, client just called, she managed to get out of her house so I gotta shift again.

I will get back to this soon.

Best Bits!

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 7:29 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011

I swam from Foster’s pier to Gumbalimba yesterday, the original idea was to paddle the bit of reef they have buoyed off so the boats don’t squish ya.  By the time I actually got close the wind came up and I thought for sure I was going to end up closer to Ulita than West Bay..I had to force down the panic and think…  ya know the very best bit about the sea … ya don’t sink. Granted I was fighting  the wind zipping off the hills to the ocean and pushing water along with me out to sea but the good news was..I was not in danger of being fish food.  So, I dug in knowing that if it got really bad I could flag either a boat or the Gumbalimba staff.

It was a good day.

Today I swam out from Infinity to the buoys… I found the far side of  the reef wall. There was a heard of black and white striped fish with yellow pacing me. Being  the sea can keep me from sinking I stopped.. those fishes started playing a game of ring around the rosie with me in the middle.  It was so cool, I so wished I had a camera, there were maybe 75 fish, two different kinds.  Gives a whole new meaning to swimming with the fishes.

Have I mentioned I LOVE this place!

Nothing? Me? Nahh!

Filed under: Colorado,Horses — she_travels at 9:51 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just so ya don’t think I have been doing nothing….

I have been cleaning a client’s barn ….

with help from Rollie to

clean stalls and….

sweep when he was not…

Playing with his corgi pal or…

Toby the baby horse who..

wanted a portrait.

I had to bribe Seven, look at the snake ears compared to Toby.

Even one of the two Corgis wanted in on the photo game.

Once the barn was done….

Jack the wonder dog and I went out for a game of chase the round thing. Look at  that focus, he was waiting for me to move the ball, he didn’t so much care how, he was just in it for the chase.

Jack’s pic and…

this one of Bo the Thug, his parents nicknamed him, not me, were taken the same day. Bo and his sister Savannah joined me for a walk after I took Jack home to recuperate. We all came home dusted with powered sugar snow.

That was pretty much my day today. It was a good  day!

HOLY BUCKETS!!

Filed under: Colorado — she_travels at 3:20 pm on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Can you say “Current Blog!!!”  woohoo!! Yipeee.

I spent a week of Jan with Jackson the wonder dog and his family’s wine biz, then a week back with the cutie pie puppy dog (Bear) and now…yes people NOW. I am living with Otis and Missy along with their burro friends.

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Otis is the larger one.  The plastic containers behind his tail are full of my “go to the middle east” and “stay here” stuff. I am almost organized.

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They really are that fun! The owners called last night , when I mentioned Missy was playing both with me and with Otis he replied “What they are not sitting in the north window pining away for us?” I said “Nope, and I have pics to prove it.”

Alrighty, I am off to sort and pack for my next big adventure.
I gotta get some errands done tomorrow, bank, post office and a new pair of ear buds for my MP3 player.

Snow you say?

Filed under: Colorado — she_travels at 3:11 pm on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ya know I think I picked up my mother in Grand Junction on the way back from Cali. I had a client with a sick dog who needed 6 injections an hour apart and there was no way I could do that and Elvis and Mack, so mom got the job. I was still doing the horses but mom was handling the 3 dogs and 4 cats.  She had to bail out of town before the big snow hit, whew end of Oct and we got 26 inches of snow. No pics, what happened there? I was so busy digging out I forgot to take any.

November I was back in Evergreen for just over a week, then I had a client near Boulder go to New Zealand for a month.

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I found this…

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this…

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and this in her back yard during that time.

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I lived with this kitty and…

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This adorable puppy dog for several days over Christmas. Mom came back to help out with pretty much anything I needed. It was a odd sorta busy Holiday but the weather was good and it all went swimmingly.

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How cute is he? Dude’s ears are longer than his face. We went out for daily walks on open space, what fun we had meeting other dogs and playing in the snow.

Endless Beaches….Seals?

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 2:32 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If your not right on the coast with beach and rock, you are in the trees, looking through.

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See the black dots close to middle lower frame..

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There are two here, one  middle-ish and one sorta mid far left..

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I took this shot after the one above. While I was doing so I heard a noise, sorta garden party mixed with breeze. When I looked back to the black dots and just to the left I saw….

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Yeah, how did I miss them the 1st time… wind mustataken the sound a different direction.

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I love this pic, the beach seems to go on for ages.

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If ya get tired of the sea, play in the sand.

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Reminded me of a ski area.

Oregon

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 11:11 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

Whew, we made it to the coast..

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Who knew, Bald Eagle on the Oregon Coast. I was so busy looking at the sea I didn’t know he was there til some loud arse black bird got snotty with him. Perhaps Mr. Bald was eyeballing the black birds dinner.

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Did you know Elk live on the Oregon Coast? Yeah, me either. The fence is not about the Elk,  its about keeping pesky people away from the buildings.

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Me thinks the sun was setting.

That makes 83 posted for today..I have more but this is it for today. Oh wait…one more.

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