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I Can’t Get To My Room Because Of The Elephants

I was going to write about the time we had meeting our sponsor child, but I still need time to reflect on this. So I’m going to move on for a bit and talk about some of our experiences afterward. After visiting faith, we traveled up to Mount Kenya to a place called the Castle Forest Lodge. This was our time to stay in a place that looks like the kind of Africa people see on TV. It had lots of natural beauty, if not much African culture. I was told that occasionally the forest elephants would come into the clearing and could be seen from the hotel, but that it was very rare. Well, we must have been very lucky, because on the second evening of our stay they appeared in the clearing and came quite close.
Then on the third evening around dark they came back again. This time they stayed around, though we didn’t realIze it until after dinner. When we finished dinner and went to walk back to our cabin, we saw a few of the staff on the porch. They told us the elephants were in the way, and we couldn’t go back yet. You have to understand just how dark it is at Mount Kenya, so I questioned them about it. One of the staff shined a flashlight, which lit up the side of an elephant not forty yards away, right in the path to my room!
The elephants finally moved, but we heard them grunting and crashing through the underbrush for the next few hours, scaring the cattle and horses in the field next to the hotel. It was truly an amazing experience. Here are a few pictured from the second night. They are uncropped and unedited.




Nairobi National Park

I still have a lot to write about regarding yesterday, but I really need to think about it first, so today I’m being lazy. I’m writing what is easy to write about, and that is today’s trip to Nairobi National Park. This is the ninth time I’ve flown into Nairobi, but until today I had never been to the park. Either there wasn’t enough money, or the logistics was bad, or someone didn’t want to go. Well today we. Remedied that. After all, this was supposed to be my wife and my twentieth anniversary trip before it turned into a missions trip.
We got up before dawn and arrived at the park so early there was no one there yet to let us in, so we were literally the first ones inside the park. I saw more animals by far than I had expected. I even saw a lion that had just finished its kill, which I had no expectation of seeing. Coming early meant that the fog still rolled across the low areas and made for an absolutely beautiful scene before dawn. To finish it off, I got that odd juxtaposition of a giraffe in front of skyscrapers that you can only get in certain parts of. Nairobi National Park. Following are a few of my favorite unedited shots from today.
Tomorrow we go to visit our sponsor child through Compassion International for the first time. More on that later.