I love this Forum. There is you planning a safari out into the boonies and you are worried about how to defend yourself against lions, bears, and all sorts of big creatures which I have only seen in zoos or on the TV.
There is me, owning a chicken livered Irish sports horse mare who is frightened of birds flying up out of a hedge.
There is you being advised to take a gun to defend yourself.
There is me wondering what to do about some 80 year old lady car driver who doesn't know how wide her car is and who can't reverse down a narrow country lane.
There's you living on a continent and there's me living on a relatively small island of less than 100,000 square miles , the largest animal predator of which is a fox or a pig which one day escaped from its pen.
I do wish I could persuade my horse to realize that although she might get eaten by a paper bag flapping in the breeze at least she isn't likely to be eaten for lunch by a mountain lion.
Oh and I love it that your mobile phone works out in the middle of nowhere. I just wish British Telecom would read what service you Americans expect to get from your mobiles. My cellphone won't work up on the hill a mile north of the house.
Enjoy Gizmo - I wish I could come with you on your trip
PS Oh My, which of us lives in the real world?
PPS I can be locked up by the police instantly for even owning a gun - let alone carrying it.
As for carrying it in a holster mounted on the saddle - the authorities would call out the SAS.
I'd be thrown in clink for the rest of my days.