January and February were depressing months, weather wise. I know they are like that everywhere but we felt it particularly keenly with the contrast between warmth and sunshine in Kenya, to darkness and rain and constant clouds in Berlin. Just in time for our departure, Berlin got sunny and warm and the birds came back to sing. It was spring.
Today is our last day on this wonderful trip, and appropriately we are going on an all day safari - we're driving out to the mara river to see crocodiles and hippos. The day started out beautiful and we saw so much in just a short time! Elephants, ostriches, cheetahs (with very young cubs, and also a pair of males)...
Question which I would really rather stay unanswered, as I prefer the mysterious ponderings of my mind to real life: WHAT IS INSIDE THE SAUSAGES ON A SAUSAGE TREE? If you know the answer, please do not share.
We woke up early this morning to pack and get ready to leave. The last couple of nights it has rained and as comfortable as the camp is, I am pretty excited at the prospect of a bed that has space for two people and where I have room to simultaneously open my suitcase and get dressed at the same time without defenestrating Jed.
So earlier I commented on how well behaved the kids are here. It makes sense - they have a very strong structure for different roles amongst the age groups. But even more effective - and some people might disagree - is straight up hitting people with sticks.
I am a HUGE proponent of hitting people with sticks.
Last night seemed very long. I kept waking up hearing lots of different noises - birds? hyenas? dogs? random growling? Check check check...
I slept badly last night. Despite having our room sprayed and having a mosquito net I still think that I'm going to wake up with a giant poisonous insect crawling on me, or worse, multiple insects. I dreamt of 'rock scorpions' and you know what? I don't even know if they exist.
This morning we got up early for our volcano climbing excursion. While we were waiting for David to pick us up we saw a group of 7 or 8 Colobus monkeys eating breakfast just in front of the lodge. THEY ARE SO FUNNY! And their tails... look like those macrame plant hangers that seemingly everyone in my childhood had gracing the corners of their living rooms. There were also Vervet monkeys jumping around stealing little bits of breakfast for themselves and generally acting like monkeys.
We left after breakfast on our 5.5 - 6 hour drive to the next stop: SOPA Ecolodge on Lake Naivasha. The ride started out beautifully - bright sunny skies, passing over the Aberdare range and going through intensely colorful roadside villages. The road is horribly bumpy though, and no way to avoid it.
Tea Masala. I am telling you. I love coffee but tea masala is a close second. It is a spicy tea brewed with milk and drunk with sugar - like an African Chai.
Baboons crossed the field in front of the camp around 10am. The free time we had between safaris today was spent lazing, reading, taking pictures around camp, and getting a pedicure care of Bubbie (Thanks!) It was hard to imagine ever being hungry again after breakfast, but somehow if you put yourself in the vicinity of available, ready made food, you find a space to pack it in.