Maasai Lodge

Trip Start Nov 29, 2004
Trip End Dec 27, 2004

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

We spent most of today doing nothing, just sitting around watching TV and talking. Esther had actually said something last night about visiting her farm, and she finally showed up at about 1 PM. So, we went up to her farm.

It's a pretty big place, fifteen acres. They have 550 chickens, 500 chicks, 9 cows, a maize field, orange trees, 6 workers and a donkey. We admired the huge chicken coop, and the cows - which also have funny names. One is named for Wangari Mathai. Then we took a walk through the maize field to a guy pumping water. I tried my hand and it wasn't too tough. But I am sure after an hour it becomes hard. We were attacked by fleas and spent a lot of time brushing them from our legs. We got lost in the fields, picked some unripe oranges, then eventually found our way back. Unfortunately, the house was locked so we couldn't see the inside, but it was quite nice.

We then moved on to a Maasai Lodge. This is a really cool little resort that sits right here in Rongai. The Kamau's didn't know about it though, but Esther drove us there. They have a pool, and each room is a separate little hut that looks traditional but has stone walls and is actually quite nice. It's only $30 per night so we are planning on staying up there if we have time. We walked around for a bit. There is a really nice restaurant, and viewing areas where you can look down on a river. The whole place is high above a steep rock valley. While walking through the lodge grounds, something that looked like a large rat scampered by. I found out later that it was a hyrax, a relative of the elephant.

This evening, I sat out on the porch after dinner. It is very peaceful, with the odd animal sounds and the stars all in different places. Also I can see the whole moon, even when it is not full. I don't know why, but I can see the dim circle of the whole thing here.
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