So I mentioned we were going to have an adventure… man, did we ever. We journeyed out to Murchinson Falls National Park which is on the Nile river and set up camp at a lodge there for two nights. We explored the park by boat and by car and saw more beauty than our eyes and hearts could handle. Even the drive there (which was a long 6 hours in the car with 4 very little kids) was gorgeous- crops and trees, birds, baboons, bright colors, children playing, people walking, outdoor markets, schools, churches, rain and thunder, homes and huts… all of it, beautiful. Then there was our own adventure of roadside “bio breaks” and the never ending hunt for snacks to keep all the kids entertained and happy (we didn’t have enough time for a full on lunch stop, oops).
Being away from the city was really good for me for a few days. It allowed me to be present and enjoy our suddenly larger family in a way I haven’t been able to yet, just because there was no paperwork, no appointments, no process to move forward; just our family and a beautiful country to enjoy.
But being in such an environment with 4 small kids is no cake-walk, ha. It was a different kind of bliss; one of major diaper blowouts in the most inconvenient places (like on a boat on the Nile, in the restaurant at dinner, and in a jeep on the savannah), one of any sort of schedule or routine thrown out the window, and one of no time to sit stationary in one place to enjoy the surroundings. I mused that most “normal” people with 4 kids ages 2-6 years old (keep in mind our 2 year olds are more like 1 year olds right now) would not intentionally plan a trip to Africa for such outings with the whole family. That’s something you are supposed to do “when the kids are a little older.” But we are embracing crazy and there was no way we were missing the opportunity. I’m so glad.
The kids loved it. Even the little ones appreciated all the animals going by and the different modes of transportation. Macy, Owen and Elias all got to have a turn riding with either Dave or I on the “jump seat” on the hood of the car through the game park, coming within a stone’s throw (their throw) of water buffalo, giraffes, and antelope. Elias, thrilled at first fell sound asleep after a few minutes. Owen, initially petrified (we might have had to force him into it), quickly decided it was “the best thing ever” and Macy, well, she just put up her hands in the air and loved every minute of it. Sophie and Tyra got turns too, but we let them ride on their own.
As if that weren’t enough, we met all kinds of beautiful people from all over the world who shared their stories with us, encouraged us, and, on occasion, entertained us. I tell you, too much beauty to describe well.
Here are a few photos to fill in the gaps a bit (keep in mind my internet is slow and unreliable, otherwise I’d post more for you to enjoy).
Voyage up the Nile to Murchinson Falls (you should google image the falls… super pretty).
On the hunt for some animals.
The “jump seat.” See Dave’s insta shot of the giraffe to see how close he got up there. And the water buffalo… the camera wasn’t out for that, but let’s just say, mom was scared.
The twins with mom and dad on Lake Albert, overlooking the Rift Valley.