“Have you ever shot a charging lion?” This tour guide I once met while driving from an olive plantation in the country-side of South Africa talked of encounters with lions. Of course the quote is from Midnight in Paris by the actor portraying Ernest Hemingway. There are many animal rehabilitation facilities in South Africa, as well as many other places that have some form of game reserves. These facilities, as I remember the guide explaining, were full of animals that would not last a day in the wild due to their lives spent cooped up in ill-maintained zoos throughout the world. The prevalence of big game hunting provided the funding for these facilities. It’s not sporty to shoot a sick lion.
The vintage Land Rover’s speedometer was well over 100km/h, which has the ability to shake up anyone who’s accustomed to miles. Three or four of us held tightly in the lead car while the rental minivan was left in the dust. “Yes, and the lions out on the reserves are much different than the ones in the rehab facilities,” said the tour guide. “We’ve seen the interaction during a few of our trials when lions would be reintroduced only to be ripped apart by their wild brethren.” It was against the law to kill a lion, however it was against common sense to go into the bush without being well armed. “The lions will bluff charge most of the time and you can tell by the movement of their tail what their intentions are. I’ve been bluff charged a few times.” This seemed to be the customary advice designed to swoon tourists. Either way, the car ride sticks in my memory.
The end of an adventure can be great, however a few weeks after realizing the adventure is long over like the beginning hotel scene in Apocalypse Now is much different. Nobody should ever reach this point, especially with the availability of kale shakes.
Yes, simply get yourself a blender of any sort. There’s no need to buy an expensive one that can boil water by the speed of the spin. Check online for a few cheaper options. The one-serving handheld blenders are solid. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables known to man. I will not shamelessly copy from other articles on the benefits of kale, however if you want some, here they are: Livestrong, WebMD, and a Top 10 Benefits of Kale article. Instead, what I think is more important is to instill a willingness to concoct a kale shake. Add some frozen berries and hemp protein for taste and additional nutrients. Then pick some form of juice to give it greater drinkability. Prune juice attacks free radicals with their antioxidants called phenols. The health benefits of this drink cannot be argued. It is far cheaper than a lot of those nutrient stores that market an endless supply of horse pills that destroy your kidneys. The feeling after drinking 12oz. of kale shake is similar to the feeling one would have after realizing that a lion was only bluff charging. You both live to live another day. “If something is worth dying for, then it is definitely worth living for.”