Sunday, October 19, 2014

Masai Village
near Samburu National Reserve

The women of the village greeted us with a welcome song.

We were invited to dance with them.

We enjoyed being with Elder and Sister Anderson.

This is a traditional mud and dung home.

This desert area has not had rain since May.
The newer homes are covered with plastic, cardboard 
or any other material they can find.
They have had to sell most of their cows as there is
not enough pasture to provide for them.

Notice how intricate the wooden frame is put together.
The women have the responsibility to build the homes.

Joseph, the chief, took us inside his home.

The ornate beaded necklaces are very heavy.

This demonstration showed how they build a fire 
using dung and wood.

Joseph explained that this area is called Parliament.
They do not have newspapers or magazines so
someone goes into the nearby town each morning to
get the news.  This area is where the news is shared in the evenings.

This is the chicken pen inside the animal stockade.

Clothing is left to dry on the prickly barrier.

The picture didn't capture this little ones big eyes and smile.
These people are very loving.

We enjoyed our visit to the Masai Village, but
declined their invitation to spend the night.
A science experiment on
the Equator in Nanyuki, Kenya
Altitude 6,389 feet

This is a great science fair project, however it can ONLY take place on the equator!
 We were able to see for ourselves that water drains clockwise north of the Equator.
We walked 20 meters north of the equator.
Match sticks were placed in a bowl so you could track the water flow and
as the man took his finger from the bottom of the bowl you could also see 
the water spiral downward in a clockwise direction.

We walked 20 meters south of the Equator and saw the exact opposite.
The same bowl was used.
This time the match sticks moved counter clockwise and 
the water spiraled counter clockwise out of the bottom of the  bowl. 

The same bowl was used while
standing directly over the Equator.  The water did not move in the bowl.
The match sticks were still.
It drained straight down without any spiral motion at all.

Nyeri, is located just south of Nanyuki and is the burial place of
Lord Baden-Powell.  Lord Baden-Powell was a writer, founder of the  Scout Movement, Chief Scout and lieutenant-general in the British Army.  He is buried at St. Paul's Cemetery and his grave is one of Kenya's National Monuments.   His gravestone bears a circle with a dot in the center which is the trail sign for "going home." or "I have gone home."
It was his wish to be buried here.

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Nairobi, Kenya

This was a fun and fascinating experience.

These hungry little elephants come running to eat.

These "little babies" love their bottles!

The blanket gives them the feeling of being next to their mother.

As soon as they eat, they go for the water hole.

They love rolling and playing in the mud!

Getting out can sometimes be a chore!
This one had a friendly push to help him out.
He just stayed there and rolled in the mud.

We caught this one dusting itself with dirt. 

Even the young elephants are very noisy eaters!
We were cautioned NOT to put our hands in their mouths.
They have very sharp teeth.

This is where the babies stay when they first arrive at the orphanage.
Their caretakers take turns sleeping in the room with them.
It takes a lot of tender loving care and up to 10 years for them
to be adopted back into the wild.

This one filled up on muddy water then sprayed the "lucky" people standing close by.