Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Scouts, Lantern Walk, Horseback Riding, Happy Hanukkah!

It's been a busy fall with two Scout camping trips since Matthew started as a Wolf Scout (last year he completed his Tiger Badge).

camping in the bush at Hells Gate
Our first trip was to Hells Gate - cool name and even cooler park. The highlights were a canyon and huge hot spring pool.

our campsite was high above
the valley floor
We had a great hike into the canyon with high walls surrounding us. We had to have a guide who scanned the sky for rains since it seems even a shower in the distance can cause an instantaneous flash flood. Every so often there were 'escape' routes out of the canyon in case a wall of water comes. Seems this is not an idle threat.

we loved the hot spring pool so much we
back a 2nd time the next morning
Afterwards we moved on to a hot spring pool. The whole Hells Gate area is also a geothermal field and there are lots of pipes and power plants that tap the earth's energy to generate electricity. Recently the Kenyan power company built an enormous pool that is also heated by this same energy.

lantern walk
Ruby has been fitting in well at the German School and has made some good friends with a couple other girls. One thing the friends all have in common is they are North American and speak English -- hmm something tells me she won't be fluent in German by the time she is done there. Just like at her and Matthew's pre-school in Nyack they also have a lantern walk. This was great fun with singing, a horse, and a bonfire.

Matthew zipping across the Tana River
Earlier in November we also went on another camping trip to Savage Wilderness, about 1.5 hours north of Nairobi. This was a gorgeous spot right along a river. The Schutzbank/Fleischer family wimped out and got a cabin this time! 

The Wolf Scouts led the flag ceremony

Rhonda has been super busy at work but is still finding time to take horseback riding lessons. After each lesson she says she is quite sore but she's determined to take a ride into the Ngong Hills at some point.

Can't let momma have all the fun!

Tonight was the first night of Hanukkah and the kids loved opening their presents!
Happy Hanukkah!

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