Columbia, MO -(AmmoLand.com)- MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of “The Nearly-Perfect Safari Camp” a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
“Some of my fondest memories are the hunting and fishing stories Dad and my uncles shared with us kids back then – generally around the wood stove, and other times in the field,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Unfortunately, it was pure and simple storytelling, so all I have are the memories. Now, as a father and grandfather and having hunted and fished all my life, I am taking the time to write down some of my own stories – for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, friends and Customers. These are all real stories that I participated in, nothing is made up; and I write them purely for your enjoyment.”
The Nearly-Perfect Safari Camp
By Larry Potterfield
Most of our African safaris have been the 21 day variety, in the Selous Game Reserve of Tanzania.
This has historically been one of the best places to hunt lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant on the same safari, as they all freely roam through this vast area. Of course there are many species of plains game there also, as the big cats have to eat.
Yes, the hunting is great, but one of our most pleasant memories has always been the tented safari camps, located far from civilization – in the middle of game country. After a long international flight, the first day of safari begins with a plane ride to the bush – landing on a grass strip. Then, it’s a short drive on a dirt road, to camp; which is where the safari actually begins – home for the next 21 days. From the guest’s perspective, there are just two parts to a camp – the tents and the lounge/dining area; but there’s also a lot of unseen infrastructure.
Behind the scenes are the kitchen, the storehouse, the skinning shed and of course the place where the trackers, game scouts and camp staff stay – all located conveniently out of sight from the camp access roads.
The tents are spacious (three bays), with gun racks and chairs in the front bay, beds in the center and clothing racks and a laundry hamper in the back. Out the back tent flap is the attached, enclosed, but not covered bathroom annex — with a shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Now the definition of running water in these camps is: the ‘water boy’ running to get it. He keeps a tank filled near the toilet and brings fresh water to the wash basin morning and evening, and a hot shower (gravity fed canvas bag) on request.
The lounge and dining area serves as camp headquarters. Arriving in camp after dark, there’s generally a fire in the fire pit, where one might enjoy a cold drink before showering and changing for dinner. The evening is a long, pleasant experience, with multiple courses of dinner and lots of telling the stories of the day.
We’ve always been in two safari cars, so after being apart all day, there’s lots to catch up on. A nearly-perfect safari camp isn’t a 5-star motel, but it can and should be a very memorable part of any safari
Read “The Nearly-Perfect Safari Camp” here: http://media.midwayusa.com/cms/larrys-stories/2016_2/141_the-nearly-perfect-safari-camp.pdf.
To read the rest of Larry’s Short Stories, please visit http://www.midwayusa.com/larrys-stories.
Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA (http://www.midwayusa.com). They instilled family values like honesty, integrity and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each Employee added to their growing team. For over 38 years, MidwayUSA has maintained an unyielding focus on Customer Satisfaction and continues to offer JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING for Shooting, Hunting and the Outdoors.
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