Escape – Into the Wild

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While Roxy sat at her office desk, she couldn’t help but overhear the nearby conversation.

She strained to her what they were discussing, as it had to be more exciting than the Excel spreadsheet she was working on.

Although, she was getting frustrated as she could only make out a few words, “Animals…Nature…Wild…”

As she sat back in her chair, realizing she could no longer hear anymore of that conversation, she stared at her computer screen.

“Oh Excel, why can’t you be more exciting? Why can’t you be more exotic? Better yet, why aren’t I somewhere more enticing…” she murmured to herself.

Then it hit her.

She put in her earbuds, turned on some energizing music, started to tap away at her keyboard and then…

She let her mind take her into the wild…

“Imagine what it would be like to see a cheetah up close and in its own habitat,” Roxy thought to herself.

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

Above Location: Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa.

“Oh and an elephant. I’d love to see an elephant roaming free in the wild. How much do they weigh? Isn’t it a ton or something like that?” she asked herself.

Roxy then did a quick Google search.

“Wow. Five to 14,000 lbs (2,268 to 6,350 kg) and one ton is 2,000 lbs?!” she said under her breath as she started reading more about elephants on National Geographic.

“Thank goodness this isn’t a page blocked by my company,” she thought.

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

“Giraffes! I’ve always loved these animals as they seem so graceful but yet so powerful.” Roxy thought to herself.

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

Above Location: Giraffe Manor.

Still on the National Geographic website, Roxy is amazed when she reads that giraffes are 14 to 19 ft (four to six meters) tall and can run as fast as 35 miles (56 kilometers).

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

“Such amazing animals!” Roxy caught herself saying out loud as she looked around to make sure no one heard her.

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

“Hmm…what else would I want to see. Gorillas – yes!” Roxy made sure to think to herself and not say out loud.

“Nearly half of the world’s 700-some remaining mountain gorillas live in the Virunga Mountains of central Africa, at the intersection of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” she read on the National Geographic website.

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

Above Location: Virunga National Park.

Roxy knew her time surfing the National Geographic website was about to come to an end. She did, after all, have some Excel work to finish up.

She gave one last thought about a safari to Africa and thought of a baby elephant.

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

Above Location: David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphan Trust.

Then, she clicked back open her Excel spreadsheet and thought happy thoughts…

Photo: shaym/instagram
Photo: shaym/instagram

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And what did Roxy learn from this mini getaway?

To stop eavesdropping?

Not yet on that one.

Instead, she knows how to make her day just a tad more exciting – by taking a trip into the wild…

A quick editor note – all images were unrelated to the above story with Roxy and were from the Instagram of Shay Mitchell who is on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.