After our team retreat, “my girls” (Becca and Audra) and I had planned to go on a family vacation together. We were set to leave Thursday morning to spend a couple days at Lake Baringo. Late Wednesday night, we decided we were having so much fun with our team at Sunrise Acres that we didn’t want to be away that long. So we changed our plan and decided to go to Lake Baringo just for a day trip on Friday. We all got up early and were set to be off by 7 a.m. Unfortunately, Audra woke up sick, so she was not able to go with us. Still, Becca and I loaded up and drove about 1.5 hours to the lake. When we got there, we decided to go for a boat ride, so we could see some hippos and crocs.
We got in the boat and were having a nice, leisurely ride, when Becca says to me, “Man, if I don’t see any hippos on this trip, I’m gonna… (gasp!)” That gasp was because there we were motoring right up to a family of the large mammals. Needless to say, it was pretty funny and Becca didn’t have to make any more threats about what she might do if we didn’t see any hippos!
Our driver brought the boat pretty close to the animals, then he revved the motor, causing the mama hippo to chase us. Apparently, we were getting a bit too close to her babies! The picture below is the mama hippo as she is surging out of the water trying to get us. I wanted to get a picture of her actually up out of the water, but I was in too much shock and forgot I was supposed to be taking pictures! Plus, Becca was nearly in my lap, so I didn’t get any pics until the hippo started going away from us. We were both a bit scared of that big ole mean mama! In fact, I later said to Becca (as we were clinging to each other just a few feet away from a crocodile) that I thought we both had a healthy fear of God’s creation!
Our guide, Juma, with the beautiful colors of Lake Baringo in the background.
Another fun thing we got to do on our boat ride was feed two fish eagles. We bought 3 fish from some local fishermen and rode out to where the eagles nest. When we arrived, our boat driver positioned the boat properly, whirled the fish around above his head, whistled sharply, and let the fish fly out into the lake. Then the eagle came soaring in to grab his prey. The driver told us to get our cameras in position and when he said 1, 2, 3, click to take a picture. Becca and I did get a few good pictures, but I thought it was more fun to watch the show in real life, rather than through the lens of my camera!
After our two hour boat ride, we had lunch and rested for a bit at “The Thirsty Goat” restaurant. After some discussion about what we should do in the afternoon, we finally decided to just hang out for a bit and then drive back to Sunrise Acres. I even showed some bravery and decided to drive. Most of the vehicles here are manual transmission, plus there are typically lots of people and animals in and on the sides of the roads, and I am not yet very confident driving here. But I took the challenge and drove the 1.5 hours back. It was a bit stressful, but Becca said I did a fine job. She said my driving was fine; it was my anxiousness that made her a little nervous!
It was a wonderful, fun-filled day all around!