This morning, I woke up to a few Happy Birthday texts (including one from the local grocery store where I had applied for a "super saver" card) and one from Chris that said, "Happy Birthday, we went to town, we'll be back soon."
I got up to have a cup of coffee and saw this that had been slid under the door:
I have been looking at the Amazon Kindle for over a year now...and Chris knew how much I wanted one. So, his card is a fake kindle.
I opened my email to find a bunch of H.B emails...and some facebook notes on my wall:
Daina and Chris came back from town with a few surprises...Oreos (and something that I had to close my eyes while they brought inside).
While I was reading my email, my dad called...so I talked to him for a while, catching up on life here and life there...it was great to hear his voice.
I ate some delicious French Toast and then was surprised by "Happy Birthday" being sung in Ukrainian. Umi, Julia and Tanya came in singing and gave me this painting:
Julia painted it...isn't it beautiful? I can't wait to frame it in my house back home!
We headed out to Captain Davis' to ride a camel.
When we arrived, we were caught off-guard. Clearly, we were the only people in the whole camp...We signed the guest book (Chris wrote under "Purpose for Visit": Adventure).
We quickly inquired about the camel rides and were told that the camels are in Farm B and we were at Farm A, so no camel rides today.
No big deal, they did have a miniature safari park: we walked through mud and brush to get to 2 rhinos (Celinah and Mike--which he called by name as if they were dogs who would come running over), a bunch of zebra, Thompson gazelles and Elans.
This was our tour guide--he quickly became Chris' best friend.
As we stood talking to the animals, it began to rain...we started our walk back just in time for it to begin pouring! We ran to the restaurant to sit and have something to drink while we waited for the rain to die down.
From the window of the restaurant, we could see that they even had a giraffe. They had said we could feed it, but we ran out of time...next time, for sure!
We actually had the pleasure of meeting Captain Davis himself. He was a Bill Cosby-type man, who used to be a pilot (thus the title) and has three sons, all of whom live in America.We chatted with him as the chef prepared lunch: chapati and rice. And then we were given a tour of their camp grounds and other accommodations, in case we want to visit for a weekend. We arrived at the stables and they had saddled up two horses for us. Evidently, one horse has the value of 4 cars, so they are hard to come by in Kenya...riding a horse here is a big deal. So Daina and I went for a short, guided horseback ride.Chris waited at the stable, and somehow convinced them to saddle up the ostrich...He was SO excited. (Did you know an ostrich blinks from side to side, not from top to bottom?)
Look at his face:I had hoped for a camel, but settled for an ostrich...I was a little freaked out getting on...and the feeling of the wing bones on my legs (they lift the wings so you can put your legs under to hold on) was really weird. We went once around this stable, since it was too wet for the ostrich to go much farther through the mud. For the last five feet, they let the ostrich run...and I was pretty sure I was going to fall off. Daina actually fell off in the end. This is one of the only photos we have of her riding because Chris had the camera and was too afraid she was going to get hurt...so instead of documenting her ostrich-riding-problems, he just stood there and watched her scream...which was really funny.
We said our goodbyes to Captain Davis and then headed back home.
Right now, Daina's preparing dinner: chicken nachos (chips made from ugali that was fried to be like corn chips--tasty)...and we're going to watch a movie (if the power stays on in this rain!)
So far, a great birthday...