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Day 2 - Nairobi to Nakuru

The glorious Rift Valley

The glorious Rift Valley

Day two, we set out after breakfast at the Milele hotel, which is basically dormitories housed on the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. We set out for Nakuru. After an hour, our first stop was an overlook of the rift valley. It was magnificent!!!

We saw lots of the gray bearded Columbus monkeys. Along with a rodent called the hyrex.

On the drive from Nairobi to Nakuru, we were on a two-lane highway. All along the roads were lined with wild zebras and baboons. 

We arrived in Nakuru and ate lunch at a local joint famous for its barbecue chicken, Midlands. Some of us tried the local ginger ale called Stoney along with our tasty meal.

A curious baboon.  

A curious baboon.  

Ellen and one of our drivers and host Peter with a Stoney Ginger Ale.

Ellen and one of our drivers and host Peter with a Stoney Ginger Ale.

Entrance in to the Tumaini School

Entrance in to the Tumaini School

We checked in to our lodges at the Tumaini Conference Center, owned by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. We will stay here til Thursday.

It is lovely!! The Kenyan people are all so welcoming with huge smiles and humble demeanors.

We all checked into our rooms, we are sleeping two to a room. Zablon took us on a tour of the 30 acre grounds. It was overwhelming. The school has 300 students, 200 that board. 90 of which are orphans. The lead teacher named Moses was intentional to tell us that there is no distinction between the orphan students and the others. He emphasized that all are equal. 

As we walked the grounds, we came upon one of Zablon's friends named John. John has been serving as the cook for the children for 10 years. We were all surprised to see what he was wearing on his head. Team member Courtney Bailie was sure to show him his hat as well.

Zablon with Courtney and John

Zablon with Courtney and John

Zablon and Ashley Alderman sharing a sweet moment together. Her father Lane's handprints are all over this place too.  

Zablon and Ashley Alderman sharing a sweet moment together. Her father Lane's handprints are all over this place too.  

I must tell you, we are all in a little bit of awe of our friend Zablon. To see him lead through such humility and grace, constantly trying to let the other leaders here be the ones to answer questions and take the lead. We all have learned so much and it's only been 24 hours. We are so fortunate to be able to experience this place together.