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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

First Little Bit of Thought Inspired by my Grand Daughter

Well my Daughter and my Grand daughter have settled in at home and I have had a little time to reflect on this new stage of our lives. Sandi and I have been very blessed over the years and have many things to be thankful for recently. I have for the majority of my life been in touch with the only god of this world the God of the Bible and have been sort of a sideline type that always knew I should take more of a stand in this part of my life. As the time of Ava's birth came near I began a little soul searching and basic sizing up of my principals, beliefs and direction. The times we are a living are perhaps the most important in history and I have for a long while felt the gut tug of truths that my parents, and God, along with good and bad experiences have imprinted on my being.

I'm a bit older now and I feel it, a little bit physically but more than anything I feel it in how I think. More than ever living simple is what I desire. Having life smelted down to the essentials is what I want for myself and my family. We all have lived too good for too long and took a lot of it for granted. Now as the not so Glorious Leader of this country brings us bumbling along without the proper leadership, leadership that has dissipated in strength over several decades and now has accumulated in the present President I want to be sure I lead those that count on me to my best ability. I hope this bit of soul searching on my part will do two things. One, allow me to set in words my thoughts as sort of a personal point of reference for the future and Two, allow you something to meditate on as readers of this Blog. In the end I may just be writing this for myself cause I have no idea who really reads this or how often, I write what I write and post what I do as sort of a personal diary that I hope entertains some, speaks deeply to others that get what I am about and overall, now, it will be something for my Granddaughter that just arrived, hopefully those to come, as well as other Children that Sandi and I might be obliged to produce ourselves, who knows?

I raised my Daughter the way I wanted, close to me always, always being myself around her, good or bad and always giving her everything I could including as much time and love as I could, which was the easiest and what I could give the most of. I took her with me every where I went, meetings, parties, hunting, fishing, over seas, central America, Africa, the Caribbean, and she took it all in and made me very proud, many times. Now she's a Mom and married to a a wonderful man I genuinely love as a son, Parker. Parker came in to my field of vision as a question mark just as every other beau that my daughter gave a glance to. He proved out to be real, down to earth and my kind of man. Its not a wonder that God knew they should be together which brings me to another point that I need to reference for my own benefit. I worry too much about the things God has promised me he will take care of!
And that is basically EVERYTHING.

You know God, if you do know him that is, you know he gave us the Bible as a manual. I always say the things that are there are for our peace of mind and our benefit. This said, we all should start to practice a new respect for "Smelling the Roses" and that means for the most of you taking a whiff for the first time. Life is short! very short and I for one have lived a very good life, full of a lot of what I wanted and a little of what I didn't. My lifestyle came with a price, not a lot of security monetarily but an abundance of being secure that I had accomplished a lot of what I set out to do in my life especially along the lines of hunting, fishing and adventure.

I never gave a lot of thought to children as I roamed about before my daughter, but I always knew I would be a good Father as I hope my offspring will attest to. As I stood beside my first wife in the delivery room some 22 years ago and held her hand as the doctor removed my daughter from the womb, that little soul captured my attention and has held it ever since. I followed her and the nurse around the room as the nurse made sure she was good to go and I took her and brought her to my wife. That was one of those "Mile Stone" life events. Actually there was nothing to compare I thought till I stood outside the delivery room and with my ear tuned to the voices in my daughters room I stood then sat on the floor stood again and prayed for almost two hours listening to those faint brave sounds as that precious flesh of my flesh and blood of my blood struggled steadily along giving birth to another equally precious life. Mareth never complained, she stuck to her job and I could feel her struggles through the door as the baby came first turned face up then turned right by the Doctor then she turned back up again, listening to the strain in my daughters voice asking about her progress as she took each breath and prepared for the next effort. I heard the slight but brave humor from her as she became weaker and weaker with each try, but then the voice of the doctor, saying alright and the strong cry of Ava's voice for the first time seemingly roaring at the world of the living. This is what is real to me, life as it should be, the way it was created to be, "the blessed pleasure of what is natural, real and simple". It didn't take all the powerful Hitec communication devices, it didn't take the latest fashion look, it didn't take knowing all the right people, It didn't even take the right education or the expensive vehicle and house in the right neighborhood, not even the politically correct way of speaking. None of this could add to or take away from the explicit design of circumstances that God ordained for this baby to be born under, a perfect scenario of miraculous circumstances implemented by the Creator of All Life. So now
I am to dedicate myself to leading by example, for I have just realized, I'm the Old Man now! My great Grandfather, Grandfather and my Father are long gone, I'm the last of it, "so far". The old MacGregors from Scotland that I am from came here and changed the name to MacGehee then to McGee are drawing thin on this earth. I want to leave a little of me behind for those to come that hopefully will remember what I was about, what I treasured in my soul, what I thought was true, and how I lived especially the second half of my life, cause the First Half was a given, the Second Half you should know better. All this has been coming to the surface for some time and little Ava just came along just in time to hit the starter button. Hopefully we all can start to live a little more simply, for me I plan on living a great deal more simply. What's the most important thing in the World to you? I can tell you what should be up there at the top of your list, right up there with God, family and friends and Grand Children. Time, time is either your nemesis or your best friend, your choice, it will make our lives maddening or can make our lives rich with peace. You better sit up and take care of time. If you don't have it you you got nothing. How do you keep it, how do you have more of it? You go back to simple! You go back to the slow life, remember the slower you live the more time you have.

So now, I wait for any call that will bring me into the presence of a new life that is already precious to me. Ava has no idea of the engine she has put in motion, an engine I must make sure idles along slow cause I have begun getting geared up, looking for a good Fox or L C Smith 410 SxS for her, thinking about how old she will need to be to go to Africa with us. Looking for the proper outdoor, hunting, fishing, adventure books to buy for her library, hoping some of my old haunts survive the march of progress so I can take her there and show her my special places. I will have time for the waiting and watching, anticipating every move she makes, where she goes, what she does, how she thinks, and hoping that I get to influence her just a little, leave a little of me with her to carry on and share with her children. I understand now that if I don't do anything else right in my life I will do right by her, teaching her all I now about how to live simply and enjoy the time of her life!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Another Arrow in the Quiver

My Darling Daughter has given me a Grandaughter, meet Ava Frances

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rare Fish Washes up in Mozambique, Thanks to my friends at Pemba Dive Camp for this post

Oarfish – Regalecus glesne
Rare fishes of open ocean habitat depths of 20m-200m, occasionally found stranded on the beach. This was found on Wimbi beach in Pemba. It feeds on planktonic crustaceans.

It is a 5-8m ribbon like ray, brilliant silver with bluish streaks when alive and various black streaks & spots. Barbel (long feelers below the gills) 2m long.
Mouth is toothless, lower jaw has small tuft of bristle-like teeth.
No Anal fin, scales or gas bladder. Upper jaw very protrusile, maxilla broad. Flesh is just jelly, soft and watery, you can not even freeze it.

About Pemba DiveCamp Eco-friendly Coastal Nature Estate – Dive Resort in Northern Mozambique. This tropical paradise is on the edge of Quirimbas Islands offering Dolphin Safaris, Whale watching, PADI Resort Scuba from Wimbe beach, Fishing, Sundowners on secluded white beach with sunset campfire.

Beach front Chalets, Backpackers, Camping with free activities are included in the package at the Dive Resort:
Kayaking through mangroves, guided Nature walk, Snorkelling on the reef, Archery, Motorized raft, Axe throwing, Bird watching, Jogging trails, Volleyball, Trampoline, Secluded white beaches, Fireballs, Drumming at night, Beach campfire and a Mud bath the dirty way!
Complementary transfers in/out of Resort up to the Airport between 06h00-24h00 do phone us.

Potbelly Restaurant the Resort – food is good.
A fully kitted communal self-catering kitchen is available.
Beach Barbeque and dining tables
A Backpacker Shop with groceries, medicines and curios.
Wifi Internet Cafe inside the Backpacker Shop.
We have two locations Dive Resort inside the bay and Dive Center on Wimbi Beach.
Calvin our PADI Instructor goes to the Wimbi every day.

Dolphin Safari to the other side of the bay including mask, fins and drinks.

The diving at Pemba on the edge of the Quirimbas Archipelago Islands is really very good, this comes from experienced divers who have dive all over the world. Diving in Pemba is completely different. Pemba has of the largest variety of different types of coral attracting a variety of marine life.
What is special is the Coral reefs starting almost on the shore, drop off with Africa's largest Fan Coral 300m from the shore (Wimbi Beach). All dive sites are 10 - 30 minutes. The mangrove swamp and more coral areas are next to the dive sites (Pemba Dive & Bush Camp Resort) inside the bay.

Please have a look on our website www.pembadivecamp.com go to “Getting There” on details of travel by air, road, train or bus with overnight routes, road conditions, distance and times available from South Africa, Malawi or Tanzania to Pemba
Contact Information
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Wimbi Beach and Nacole Drive
0000 Pemba, Mozambique
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I’m a Southern Boy, just 56 last November, I get around here and there, Central America, Africa, Red Bay. I’m a Father, Grandfather, Husband, Artist and general flunky of sorts. Live in a little historic town in an old building I remodeled. Just wanted to hear myself think I guess, talk about the need of simplification, show some art, express an interest or two, brag on my dogs and see where it goes. That’s it!, That’s the deal, Thanks