This ones a shortie, but that’s just how the timing works out!

We hopped on to the truck (note: original draft said “bus” – please don’t kill me.) leaving Nakuru and drove on to the bustling city of Naro Moru. Any drive that would take a public bus an hour to do takes our big hulking truck about 2 hours. So this otherwise short drive took the whole morning and the better part of the afternoon. But this part of Kenya proved to be absolutely beautiful. We were in Kenya just after their rainy season (and we were certainly getting enough of that! My wet tent would tell you in the middle of the rainy season!) so everything was green and lush. We wound our way through rolling hills of farmland.

I am at the equator wearing a fleece. I had just taken off my blanket and my wool hat. Seriously. Africa is cold.

It was cold in the morning, but our day seemed to turn around as soon as we passed the equator! That’s right, we drove right over the equator. Actually about 5 times. Our road was west to east and snaked its way across the equator a number of times. We also made a quick stop at the local giant waterfall, Thompson Falls. While certainly impressive, there’s not much there besides locals dressed as tribal people trying to get you to pay to take pictures of them and their chameleons.

We eventually made it to our campsite in Naro Moru and while the rest of the gang took a leisurely afternoon off, my Dutch friend Marloes (Mar-loosh) decided to go on a nature walk. As soon as we started we passed a pack of black and white colobus monkeys, a very rare and extremely cool looking primate. They are very shy and will sprint away from the smallest of sounds, their white capes and tails soaring in the wind. We walked along a number of game trails and saw many elephant footprints and markings, but never got to see one in the wild there. Our guide Toby was extremely smart and pointed out all sorts of local plants and noted their medical properties. For example, sage makes excellent toilet paper. The more you know.

That night, I didn’t have to cook so I just sat around waiting for dinner and camped out, listening to the baboons and bush babies scream us lullabies to sleep.

The extremely underwhelming Thompson Falls.

On my lovely nature walk.

Behind these clouds is the stunning view of Mt. Kenya. I never saw it.

The thorny acacia bush. These spikes are all over East Africa. Watch out.