So Picturesque!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2012
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Trip End Aug 22, 2012


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

We stopped at Thomson’s Waterfall on the way to Lake Nakuru which was a pleasant stop
and leg-stretch break.   The Waterfall was beautiful - I actually enjoyed it more than Victoria Falls!!
Travelling to Lake Nakuru, we crossed the Equator!  We stopped for a water demonstration, showing how the Equator affects water spin direction.  Water was poured into a jug with a funnel on the bottom, a match placed in the water and as the water fed through the funnel, the water and match spun to the right.  The same demonstration was done on the south of the Equator and the match spun to the left!  Standing right ON the Equator, the same demonstration was done and the match stood still.  Even trying to spin it yourself, it always stopped.  The technique is used by the Masai in the bush.  Depending on the time of day and the position of the sun together with the water trick, they can tell where they are.  Very clever!  

We were looking forward to arriving in Lake Nakuru to see all the pink flamingos we had heard so much about and seen pictures of. Unfortunately, there had been too much rain this season and the flamingos weren't at the lake this year.  We were disappointed, but we did actually see eight pink flamingos flying overhead.  So technically we did see some, just not the numbers that we would have liked.  There were still plenty of pelicans and other birdlife on the lake though, including huge storks flying from treetop to treetop.  When we woke the first morning and opened the blinds, there was a rhino on the plains just out from our room!  The views were spectacular, our hotel gorgeous and so picturesque.  On the game drive, we were lucky enough to see a striped hyena come out from high grass onto the road and walk down the middle towards us before jumping into the grass on the other side of the road.
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