To Sipi Falls!
The drive up to Sipi was perfectly beautiful!
The trail to the main falls was too muddy today, because it rained a lot yesterday. So we hired a guide to take us up to the top two falls.
On our way up, some boys (about age 13) started to hawk over us, trying to earn a few shillings. Trying to act as our guides, they started showing me all sorts of things along the path and then grabbing my hand to help me up the steep parts. I was trying to make it perfectly clear that we weren't going to hire them and after a while I glanced behind and realized they were gone. Whew!
Just a minute later, they came running up with this chameleon on a stick! Okay, they finally got my attention and I couldn't let this one go by without showing the kids. After looking at it and snapping a picture, we commended them for their ingenuity and persistence by sharing some cookies with them and then said a sweet (and firm) goodbye. :)
This area is where Kiprotich, the Ugandan that won the Olympic gold medal for the men's marathon, is from.
At the top of the middle waterfall...
Don't worry...this picture looks more scary than it is. It was actually a gently sloping hill. :)
Hiking in Uganda isn't for the faint at heart though... this bridge was mildly terrifying.
Inside a cave behind the middle falls.
This is a picture from the top of the main falls. So pretty!
Our guide was a great guy! He was so good and patient with the kids and was never annoyed with them. For a lot of the hike he even offered to carry Talitha. My first thought was...should I hand her to a perfect stranger? My second thought was...this guy can climb and hike this area better than us...we were slipping and sliding in all the mud and when we finished he hardly had a speck on him! She is probably safer in his arms than any of ours! By the end of the hike, she curled up and fell right asleep with him. He loved it! We told him he will make a great daddy some day...He replied, "I hope so! I want many children!" So sweet! :) If anyone is ever looking for a great guide through this area, let us know and we'll pass on his info! :)
On our way back, storm clouds were starting to roll in turning the sky into a canvas displaying God's glory.