Our trip to Kenya has been fantastic in so many ways. Since we've had very poor internet access–until tonight!–I am posting a lot today in order to catch up. Our main focus, of course, is to care for the many children who come to our clinic with cleft deformities. We work hard and long hours on most days, but take a weekend safari in between the two work weeks. This safari was an incredible experience. The beauty of the terrain and the spectacular animals were a wonderful demonstration of God's creation and I hope that all of you have the chance to go on a safari someday. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy some of the photos I have posted here. I included a photo of our team on safari, and one of our flat tire, which our skilled driver, Charles, had replaced in no time. It is pretty amazing that we had only one flat tire as we drove over a very rocky 63 km road (it took one hour and forty-five minutes). Not to mention the ruts and rocks we went over on the plains.
Some of the fantastic scenes we enjoyed include a couple of lionesses with six playful cubs, several indifferent and regal appearing male lions, a herd of fourteen elephants encircling our vehicle, tall and graceful giraffes nibbling the tree tops, hippos lying in a "hippo blob" (our term for the huddled mass of hippos seen below), hundreds possibly thousands of zebra, gazelles, wildebeests and warthogs. This morning our main goal was to see an elephant. Instead, we were blessed with a herd of fourteen! We were elated and sat in the vehicle watching these massive animals munch on shrubs and trees.