Tuesday, March 22, 2011


We headed out this morning about 6:30 to the Nairobi National Park.  I had no idea what to expect.  We had a driver with a van whose roof comes off and it was just the 4 of us for the day.  We had such a fun time together spotting animals and watching in awe.  This lion was the second we saw, close to the end of the day.  He was sleeping, so our driver decided to wake him up...  He drove the van right up to him, and up he popped!  I was actually a little frightened as the lion seemed to crouch as we got closer.  He was about 8 feet from the van.  He was absolutely beautiful.
Well, hello there, king of the jungle

There were giraffes everywhere, you could see them from so far off eating from a tree.  They seem so much larger than in the zoo.
Caroline had a blast spotting all the animals.
Water buffalo playing.
Am I black with white stripes or white with black stripes?
This pretty fellow supprised us, right next to the van!

We drive through the park two hours out, and then stoppd at a little "station" where we were told to get out to go see the crocs and hippos.  On foot.  For a mile...
hmmm...I was not so sure about this, but the guy with the gun assured us it would be great fun.  I stayed close to him. 

Alas, the hippos were sleeping underwater, and only a huge croc we could see the eyes of, but look at this beauty we stumbled onto.  There were monkeys everywhere too and beautiful birds.
We stopped at a market afterwards, where this lovely Masai tribesman worked as the "security guard".  I didn't know that the Masai tribe still was in existence (or maybe I really never knew of their existence), and are still nomads.  He guards with a very sharp sword, and the spear Caroline is holding. 

We rested this afternoon, and swam in the pool, during regular pool hours, but still during the businessmen's cocktail time.  I don't have my suit here, but, Caroline made a 60 year old lady friend who played lots of games with her in the pool, lap races and wore her out. 
Tonight, she lost the tooth she has been talking about for 3 months, so that was nice.  Apparently, "Ms. Natalie (Green) says in Africa, when children lose their teeth, a 'tooth rat' comes and leaves money"  She is very excited about the tooth rat coming tonight.  I much prefer a fairy!
Goodnight.  Love~Emily


KLTTX said...

Looks like a great time. Hoping your time in Africa comes to an end soon and you can come home to Texas.

Liz said...

How awesome! So wonderful that you're getting to have some fun! What an adventure. :)

Kathryn said...

Great pictures! Looking forward to hearing how things go with the "Tooth Rat"!

Natalie said...

I love it! Beautiful photographs!! So cool to see God's creation up close like that...
Praying for your appointments. Beyond excited to see y'all soon!!
Caroline will never, ever, ever forget this time with y'all. Beautiful.

Natalie said...

PS--how much did that tooth rat leave???!!! Just curious. ;)

Kristin said...

Great Post Emily! Hilarious about the Tooth Rat! What a fun day for Caroline! One I am sure she will remember forever!!

holly Eppes said...

Awesome! Homeschooling at it's best. So excited to see yall!