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Amazing moments

July 20, 2009

We’ve been without internet access for a few days—well it would be more accurate to say that I didn’t want to pay for internet access while on safari at the Fairmont Mara Club.  It was tough living in a tent that basically contains a five star room, but someone had to do it.  Tent outsideWhat was truly painful was the three hour ride on dirt roads to arrive at the site.  It was an interesting adventure to ride in a small car with no rear shocks.  By the time we got there the inside of the car and the occupants were all covered with a thick layer of red dirt.  Needless to say the hot shower inside the tent greatly made up for the jarring ride.  Mara_Tent

We were a little ahead of prime safari season, but it was still amazing to see the beauty of the area surrounding the Mara River.  Sunsets were spectacular, and at night you could see the Milky Way. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to change the shutter speed on my camera to take pictures at night so I wasn’t able to get the Milky Way pictures.

In Kenya you have to see the big five animals while on safari—the elephant, the lion, the water buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros.  We saw all but the leopard.  It was well worth the bumpy ride to and from to celebrate a belated 12th wedding anniversary with Ginnie.

Yes, we were that close when I took this picture

Yes, we were that close when I took this picture

While on safari we also had the opportunity to visit the local Masai village.  The Masai are nomadic cattle herders that often migrate between Kenya and Tanzania to the south.  The Masai were known in the past to be fierce warriors where manhood was proven when the man came of age by singlehandedly killing a lion like one of the ones in the pictures that I took to the left.    Masai jump

The Masai are still known for the ability to jump to amazing heights from a standing position.  Certainly a picture speaks a thousand words, and it’s amazing to see the beauty of God’s creation in the photos we took while on safari.  We certainly don’t see this everyday in the US.

You might say that poverty and high rate of HIV infection in Kenya is something that you can’t imagine.  Do you see that little boy in the back right of the picture with the jumping Masai?  He’s learning to jump by imitating the men in the foreground.  He doesn’t look unhappy in the next picture playing with his buddies does he?Kids jumping Maybe I can learn something from him about true happiness.

Sunset Mara

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