We have arrived at our ninth and final country in our circumnavigation of the globe. What a great way to end, spending time with our dear friend, Kim Grimes, who has been here the last 9 months teaching 5th grade at Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi. When we arrived at her house we were greeted with jumps, shrieks and big hugs. It was joyful to be reunited with family. We quickly settled in for the night and rested up for the day ahead.
After a quick breakfast we joined up with some of Kim’s friends and were in the car on our way to Mt. Longonot National Park to hike the rim of this dormant volcano. The summit was at 10,000 feet above sea level and we were huffing from the altitude by the time we reached the top. This mountain is in the Rift Valley, an iconic and well known area of Kenya. The landscape was very different from the green of Nairobi and we really felt like we were in Africa. It also helped that we saw zebras and gazelles roaming the valley. It was also was really fun to hang out with Kim’s friends and see a part of her life here. After 5 1/2 hours of hiking in very dusty conditions we were all tired and completely covered in dirt. We headed for home, showered off the filth and met back up for Indian fast food and chocolate covered ice cream cones. What great first day in Kenya! Our second day here was spent going to church with Kim and getting ready for our trip to the Masai Mara where we will spend three days on safari.
It has already been so good to be here and we are glad to have three full weeks to catch up, make new memories, and process our travels thus far with Kim.