It all started with a pile of papers that were being neglected. I decided to finally go through my "I'll deal with these later" pile of papers from the last two months. "Later" arrived, and I can now see my desk again. But I am left with two pages, double-sided, of Sudoku puzzles. Compliments of Union College Student Missions Office. I have spent literally hours this weekend feebly trying to master these non-mathematical number games from Satan. Just this morning I worked on a single puzzle all the way through Sabbath School and Church before giving up and handing it over to Ricky for him to solve. During that entire time I was able to get one number of that "Evil" puzzle. In other words, Sudoku isn't really my thing.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Our second day on Safari, mom, dad, and I visited Lake Nakuru National Park. Rhinos are a common sight as well as Flamingos and baboons. Unfortunately it rained on us most of the afternoon.
Looking out over Lake Nakuru from the Baboon Cliffs.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Sitting down for a nice lunch before heading to Lake Nakuru.
Our safari cook, Geshira, made awesome meals for us every day. He especially made good soup.
Two of our five nights on safari were spent in little tents.
Mode of transportation: Remodeled French military truck. We sure got a lot of stares...
The first destination on my Safari with Mom and Dad was to Lake Baringo, a beautiful island-spotted lake in central Kenya. At lake Baringo we were able to see tons of wildlife like Hippos, Lung Fish, Fish Eagles, and dozens of other birds. The highlight of our day and night at Baringo was th e 2 hour boat ride tour of the area.
Mom and Dad scanning the water for any signs of Hippos.
A fisherman caught this HUGE Lung fish which he had a hard time even getting into his tiny little balsa wood boat. When we drove up he was beating it senseless with a metal rod.
The Fish Eagles enjoyed a nice little meal when we came around and threw talapia in the water for them to eat. We bought some small fish from a local fisherman in a tiny boat and then crammed balsa wood down its throat so that it would float when tossed to the eagles. This trick makes for some pretty awesome shots.
The hippos we saw were only in a small area near the shoreline. At night we could hear them grunting at each other as they came ashore right into our campground.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
While on Safari between two different game parks, we unintentionally came across the global equator. While at this exciting landmark, mom was thrilled to learn about the effect of opposite magnetic poles just meters apart. It was quite interesting to have a local woman give us a demonstration of how the whirlpool affect of water changes direction depending on which side of the equator you are on. Mom was also excited to do some hardcore bargaining with the women who sold soapstone souvenirs there. Way to go mom!!
Mom in BOTH hemispheres!
The Nairobi National Museum is a fantastic stop for anyone who is curious about the history of Kenya. They have everything from early man skeletons to the modern economic, political, and cultural developments of Kenya. Mom and Dad appreciated the background information to much of what they were experiencing outside of the museum.