Allen’s in Austin is a great store–but there are great boot stores all over Texas. Harry’s in San Saba and several in Dallas–all over. Lucchese are expensive so I can’t believe these were cheap–I’m thinking 5 bills. The best store made boots are Rio of Mercedes or Anderson Bean. Both made in Mercedes, Texas by hand. These are still made the original way with wooden pegs that fit the sole to the top. These flex and expand when wet so the sole always fits the foot. Ariat are made in China..still a decent boot. Rocket Boots in El Paso is great. There is a terrific bootmaker in Harper, Texas. Justin and Nocona were once two separate companies, One in Nocona and One in Justin–owned by siblings who hated each other. The boots were exactly the same. Both out of business but the names have been sold. Nocona still makes the finest baseball gloves in the world. Nolan Ryan used one. Boots should be put on, tight and the heel will slip a little. Get in the water and wet them and wear them wet a whole day. The leather will conform to the foot. This is how the old time […]
Why would you skip Serengeti? It’s such an amazing park, I have done lot of safaris in Africa and Serengeti with Ngorongoro are my 2 favorite parks. Also, I guess the crowds depend on the guide you have. I have seen, in very high season, amazing animals, like 20 lions all together, and there was nobody around. So better to pick a knowledgeable guide that knows where to go and what to do. But Serengeti is definitely one of the most impressive safari park in Africa. Pity skipping Serengeti as it is the savanna you would expect. I would also add Pangani, Swahili coast, and Mafia island as alternative to Zanzibar.