"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Musana Camp--Hiking to the Waterfall

Musana owns a lot of land.  On their land is a pretty waterfall that we could hike back to.  It was so amazing.  Every place we usually go hiking around here, there are always so many people around.  Eric and I went out to the waterfall by ourselves one afternoon and were just amazed to be outside by ourselves.  It was so wonderful and very refreshing.









Benaiah found these sunglasses in the woods.  He was so excited.  :)

Musana Camp--Sun and Moon Rising

We loved waking up to God's glory every morning.




While we were there, we became quite interested in this Island off the coast that was shaped like a volcano. (you can see it in the picture below, to the right of the sun) We thought it might be fun to hike up.  So one day we hired a motor boat to take us there.  The boat was a large wooden canoe with a motor attached.  As soon as the boat showed up and the kids jumped in I heard Eric saying, "Oh don't pull that wad out, the boat might sink."  Lovely.  Two men went with us.  One to drive.  The other to translate.  Turns out the second guy did a great job of bailing during the hour and a half long journey as well.  It happened to be quite windy that day too, so there we were on our wooden canoe, with a motor attached and the guy faithfully bailing while we faced 1 to 4 foot swells the whole way there and back.  My stomach felt like the water looked by the time we got back.  Haha... just another Tuininga moment that I end up half way through and wonder, "what in the world am I doing here with 8 kids???"  The island, as it turned out, was covered in very thick brush that was my head height or taller.  Our bailer/translator was a man of many talents and also happened be pretty handy with the panga.  He blazed some resemblance of a trail for all of us.  Well, actually, I stopped half way with the two little ones.  I was finished fighting the plant life.  William was momentarily lost in all the brush, but thankfully was found around the time we realized he was lost, and as it turned out the Island was NOT a volcano after all...at least what Eric could see of it above the brush.  The kids had no such luck in seeing the view.  And should I even mention the swarms of lake flies at the top?  We had previously been calling it Volcano Island, but afterwards, the kids changed the name to Itchy Island.  All that said, however, we have a great memory from our adventure...one we won't soon forget.  :)


We also had a full moon rise while we were there.

Musana Camp--hanging out on the beach...

I'm very well aware that some of you that are experiencing winter right now might be a bit jealous of all this sun, sand and water.  But yes, this is December on the equator.  While it makes it a little hard to believe that it's actually Christmas time...I still love it... :)


The water was so nice because it was shallow for a long distance off shore.





Timothy's car:

One of quite a few sand castles built:

But this one was extra cool, because the King and Queen had real fish on the table in the Great Hall:



Hilariously true story...William saw a fishing boat passing with two younger boys in it.  He went right up to them and started showing them his little silver fish that he had caught.


He then asked to see the fish that the boys had caught.  They held up some nice big Tilapia.  William then proceeded to ask them to trade fish.  A little minnow for a Tilapia.  So they did!  William came back to shore with a nice huge fish.  I have no idea what those boys thought of the little Mzungu boy giving them a minnow in exchange for a huge fish.  haha!  We fried it up that night and of course, William insisted on eating the head himself...


At night we loved to watch lights on the water.  They set up floating lanterns which attract the bugs.  The bugs in turn attract the fish.  When it was really dark, it almost looked like we looking down on a city.  This picture is my attempt to capture it in a 25 second exposure with the camera on a plastic chair...haha...but I was happy that some of the stars turned up in the picture, since they were so brilliant that night.

Musana Camps--a whole lot of hanging out...

This is a collection of pictures to show a lot of what we did off the beach...namely....we ate and played and rested...








Because 7 year old boys find it hilarious to have their feet in a picture...




On the road...

Perhaps our family is easily amused, but we find driving across Uganda very entertaining.  Here are some examples from our vacation...


Is this guy ambitious with the jerry cans, or what?

 Equally so with chickens...

Lest we ever feel as though we are overloading our roof rack, there are plenty of reminders that it could be worse...

And other than the fact that we were sharing a road with Mr. Safety First, he made me laugh.  A huge bus passing on a blind curve? Nooo problem...

 We crossed the Nile River a little further north.

The kids and Eric got out and walked across the bridge.  I was quite happy to stay and take pictures.

The roads, or what's left of them...along with a car driving on the wrong side of the road in order to stay on what's left of the road...

Monkeys...

Baboons...how is it possible that a baby creature can look so ugly and so cute at the same time?


And finally... I'm not quite sure that I can trust their tlanslating skills...