Thursday, December 27, 2012

On the road to Mt. Kenya

As you drive North on the new Thika Super Highway (if you can call a road with speed bumps every 2 KM a "Super Highway") the landscape goes from small city to rural.  We saw countless herds of cows, goats and sheep along the side (and sometimes in) the road.  The girls were really excited about seeing all of these animals.  The drive was full of joyful shouts:  "Cows!  1,2,3,4,5,6...9 Cows on my side!"  "I have goats coming up on my side!"  and then there was "! my gosh!  CAMELS!!!"

Each Matatu stop along the road had people set up in stalls or small shelters selling food and many other items.  We passed many outdoor markets.  The one pictured below had a little bit of everything for sale with a huge selection of used clothing.

Finally we entered a region that was wide open and very rural.  These are the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains.  It is very green with a lot of agricultural activity.  These women carrying enormous bundles of timber were a common sight.  They have the weight braced with a strap against the front of their shoulders or across their foreheads!

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