Monday, May 2, 2011

Three Day Weekend = Road Trip!

We headed off to Tsavo National Park, the largest park in Kenya, on Saturday morning. Weaving and stopping through Nairobi traffic for two hours and then two more hours on a reasonably smooth road, got us to the gate of the park and a stunning view of mountains, hills, savanna, and jungle.
Five of us got out of the car, stretched our legs, and set up camp at our little bandas, complete with small kitchenette, mosquito nets, warm beds, and a bathroom.
And also an amazing view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
We spent Sunday hiking along Mzima Springs, which flows from deep in the volcanic ground, and over hardened lava flow.
We also listened to the wonderful sounds of nature (a definite contrast to the horrid traffic on our street) and saw some of Africa's unique animals.
We watched a storm move in and rain cover the Kenyan landscape, adding to the green of the park. The rainy season has come to Kenya and so far it's looking good. Hopefully no drought this year!
On Monday we came home through little traffic. (I love holidays in Nairobi when everyone is off the streets and driving is a little less chaotic than usual.) It's back to work on Tuesday morning, but with a weekend away from the city, fresh air, beauty, and a bit of extra sleep, I think I'm ready to take on the last 10 weeks of school. And it's always great to be reminded how beautiful Kenya is off Gitanga Road.

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