After our safari in Nakuru we returned to St. Mary's and just relaxed on Friday evening. After so much driving and a 5am wake up call we were all pretty tired. Saturday was spent tying up loose ends in town. Several students went to town to do some last minute shopping and I had some free time, so I decided to get my hair done. At only $5 it would be a sin not to!
The big shopping item on everyone's list was tire sandals. A man in the market makes sandals out of old tires with pretty incredibly precision. Sakwa was even thoughtful enough to buy a little pair of tire sandals for Amare. They don't fit him quite yet, but I can't wait for that day. He has a little guy named Liam who was born on Landry's and my wedding anniversary last year, so the two boys aren't too far apart in age. He and I and his wife Oliviah definitely bonded over our newfound parenting roles.
|Amare's tire sandals. You can see the treads on the bottom of the left one.|
|Grilling corn on the cob on the jico|
|This is how Brother Francis gets us around in one piece!|
On Monday morning Brother Francis took us on our last outing of the trip to an elephant sanctuary and giraffe center. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a long term elephant and rhino orphan program that seeks to protect young orphaned animals with the goal of returning them to the wild as adults. At the giraffe center we were able to climb up into a platform and feed giraffes right at eye level. Very cool experience!
|Warthogs that came trotting down the road before the sanctuary opened to the public|
|These "babies" drink 18-24 liters of formula a day!|
|This is Kelly the giraffe. She was not feeling us on Monday morning...|
|Sakwa poses with lot of the students before leaving for the airport|
|Students are so sad to be leaving Kenya!|
Odds and ends photos that I never published:
|Oh red dirt....how I love your staining properties|
|When your steering wheel falls apart in a parking lot....just put it back together! Brother Francis: Jack of All Trades|
|This is Patty. He's, shall we say, precocious. Definitely the little mayor of St. Mary's|
|Patty without the mask|
|Dirt path to a home visit...can't remember if I posted this or not, but it's a great shot!|
|I milked a cow. And probably drank the milk the next day at breakfast. Crazy!|