An adventure back home
One of the challenges of returning home after a great adventure is learning how to enjoy the little things in life. I didn’t have high hopes for going to the county fair, but I was surprised to have one of the best days of my life. It was 170th year of the Waukesha County Fair and it was full of mini-adventures including: all-you-can-drink chocolate milk for a dollar, fancy chicken show, Ferris wheel, Foreigner, a childhood favorite band was playing… And it all started with seeing six Bengal tigers perform tricks.
Above, I am feeding a Bengal Tiger a small piece of beef. This is a female who is about the same size as me at 200 lbs. The male tigers weighs 3 times as much and it is all muscle and teeth! Coincidentally I wore my tiger-striped shirt from Rajasthan, India.
It is estimated that there are only 3500 tigers left in the wild and they will go extinct in 10-30 years. I don’t like zoos or circuses, but they may be the ones responsible for saving the tigers, just as the American beef farmers were responsible for saving the bison. For anyone who has read my book, you know that I am one of the few people alive that has seen a wild tiger. It was the most exciting 5 seconds of my life. Previous to seeing the tiger, it saw me as I scared one away from its breakfast. A deer that it had killed just a few hundred meters away from my cabin. Seeing the kill and the fresh footprints put a scare into the locals. Luckily I wasn’t second breakfast :)
I also won a giant stuffed parrot in the BB machine gun game. I had to obliterate the star in the middle of the paper. And then I gave it the prize to a pretty lady. It made me feel like a man. Is there a guy who hasn’t had this dream?
Who knew my homeland could be so fun and adventurous?