Kilimanjaro Covered by Clouds

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
Trip End Dec 10, 2011

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Our new leader Chris postponed our meeting until we were underway today.  Our new team is Chris, the tour leader; Eunice, the chef; and Steven, the driver.  They are all totally on top of things.  Chris was very informative and we will have a duty roster:  rotating days of help with food preparation, meal clean-up, and truck sweeping and mopping.  When we stopped for lunch, it was a very pretty place festooned with bougainvillea

and other flowers but I managed to spill the juice on the table.  Eunice

was very tolerant of my foibles though.  I guess I made a great impression on our new chef already.  I think this is when I got my nickname of Diana Ross.  I think the only reason is my name - it certainly couldn't be my singing.  Eunice brought out her silver trays for the sandwiches and fruit - a real class act!

It took quite awhile to leave Nairobi.  We saw the overturned bus and truck and retraced our route to the center rotary.  We saw more modern buildings plus the famous slum, holding 12 million people and due for refurbishing.  We did not retrace our route over the mountains but drove on through the rift valley and more Maasai farms.  We had hoped to see Mount Kilimanjaro but all we could see is part of the base covered with clouds.  There were other mountains with a little less cloud cover.  I was quite taken with the round houses with thatched roofs.  The countryside seemed very fertile for the small farms.  As elsewhere, they seemed to be quite a lot of livestock as well.

Not sure what happened to the journal here but the photos didn't match the description I originally put in this blog.  Instead it looks as if we drove the whole day and then stopped at our campsite which was the Masai Camp campground.  It had some great flowering trees.   I am getting several campsites
mixed up now, but this one had the purple flowers covering the parking
lot ground.

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