Thika and Fourteen Falls
Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
29Trip End Apr 22, 2007
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And now I'm going to add more later because I've been here for two hours and I want to leave. Sorry! Look at the pics! They're pretty!
OK now here's the actual entry. Anyway...The whole plan for this weekend was to go to Thika and Fourteen Falls for some hiking and camping. The boys warned us that there probably would not be camping at the Falls, but we ignored them and went anyway. Ash etc. went early in the morning so that they could go hiking, but Laura and I opted to sleep for a bit, since we'd had a late night the night before. So instead we went to Java around 9, then walked to Nakumatt, where we met Chris in his Celtel-mobile
The mat (matatu) we took was not fun. I sat next to a window that wouldn't open, and Laura sat in the middle seat, so we had no access to windows. Apparently we're freakishly warm, because there were Kenyans on the mat who were wearing winter hats and jackets, and ALL the windows were shut! We had sweat POURING down our faces for about an hour. It was awful. And, when we arrived at Thika, nobody told us where to go or anything, and these guys tried to get us to pay 1000 Ksh for a ride to a place 1km away! Seriously! So we walked to the place that would take us to Fourteen Falls. The vehicle was not a matatu, but rather a pickup truck with its back enclosed. We had to sit in the back. Ha, the best part was that we refused to pay more than 50 Ksh to the place - the guy finally relented and we climbed in, only to realize a few minutes later that he had been telling the truth, that all the customers pay 70 Ksh
We arrived at the place very shortly, but then we were confused as to where to go. We ran into the security guard, who brought us to look at the hippos in the water (entirely unfenced!! ahh!!), then told us that the mountain that we wanted to hike was 5km away, and that you could not rent (hire) tents at either Fourteen Falls or the National Park at Donyo Sabuk. Ashley confirmed that. So we just decided to wait for Ashley to return and, in the meantime, visit Fourteen Falls, where we hung out with semi-creepy teenage boys who showed us that it was fun to swim in the Falls. Kamau, the security guard, protected us from them. That was nice.
Then Ash showed up anad we decided what to do - we'd call the boys (who'd been messaging us all day asking us if we wanted to be picked up since there was no camping), make them come to Thika, and stay in a hotel overnight. I'm glad we did that, because it ended up being a really fun night! We just stayed in this little hotel and drank inside, and Dan and I had a very nice talk!
The next day (Sunday) we decided to sit in Thika Park and just chill. That was quite nice as well, since we all just relaxed for about two hours
After we dropped everyone off, Dan asked if he could come for me in an hour. So he picked me up and we went to the bar where we were at before the Butterfly People movie, and just hung out for a couple of hours. It made me realize how much I liked Dan, and also how much I wished we could just hang out alone sometimes. All in all, a good weekend.