Posted in adventures, photography, tourism, Travel

Journey to the Hot Springs

The journey to the amazing lake started on Wednesday 9am with a one hour stop at Nakuru town for refreshments and lunch. Then using the Kabarak road all the way to Mogotio, Maregat the surroundings changed. Thorny bushes, rocky paths, growth of acacia and cactus plants welcomed us to the other side of Kenya. The semi-arid regions proved that the populations here depended on their livestock for survival with a number of zebu cows, goats and donkeys been the only animals I saw not forgetting the two ostriches in a bush. Muddy structures alongside grass thatched roofs shelters the people in this locality who are the Kalenjin (Tugen). As other parts of the country continue to receive heavy downpour, then in this side of the Sahara little or none had showered them. However, dam projects had been established with animals quenching their thirst in them.
Beehives mounted on the thick trees provided honey that was sold to tourists who toured this area with sacks of charcoal too. Sisal plantations seemed to be favoured by the hot-dry climate and the water melon fruit been the only horticultural crop grown by the communities. This was the best place to shop with one heavy melon retailing at 50shillings and a bottle of honey for 200shillings.

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sisal plantations

At 3pm we arrived at Lake Bogoria registration offices where Kenyan citizens have to pay 250shillings as entrance fee while international tourists pay 50dollars. With a resort and bar nearby then you do not have to worry about spending the night.

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bar and resort

Upon paying, another 18km awaited us to view the lake. Our tour guide, Mr. Chepsoi was a nice gentleman who accompanied us and explained all about the lake and as we asked many questions he did not tire but diligently answered them.
Lake Bogoria is a salty lake occupying an area of 36.5km² with its deepest point been 16m. Found in the Rift Valley, it is unique from other lakes as it has hot springs boiling at 117 degrees. With a pH above 8, it does not support aquatic life and temperatures range from 39-40 degrees. Low rainfall is received however, every May each year there is plenty of rainfall received that communities take advantage of by planting millet and soya beans. Yearly, it opens its doors to 7,000 local tourists and 4,000 international tourists, the majority been Chinese.

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lake bogoria

Flamingos beautify the lake and are of different species. The greater flamingos are big, white in color and feed on aquatic animals like snails; while the lesser flamingos are small, pink in color and feed on algae. The bright colored been the males and dull color females in both species. Moreover, they migrate from different regions with the Madagascar highland species been the most common bird found at the lake. Pelican birds are also found within the lake. Breeding is common with the natron flamingos been the main bred.
When it comes to animals, the greater gulu antelope found in Kenya and South Africa has its habitat here not forgetting the leopards that are only active at night. The Mathenge plant is an exotic species found in the thick bushes that is notorious for taking out teeth mostly in goats when they feed on them. Unique anthills got be marveled all the way and as Chepsoi explained, the ants would make them according to the temperatures received. At high temperatures, big anthills are formed and at low temperatures they make small anthills.

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big anthill

Conservation measures have also been put in place for ecosystem diversity. Planting of acacia plants is done to protect the indigenous species. Lately, the lake has been swelling or increasing due to underground sources and siltation. That is why we used the rocky road as the tarmacked road had been covered by the lake.

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rocky,dusty road
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tarmacked road covered by the lake

The lake comes with its advantages to the neighboring communities by providing social amenities as a way of giving back to society. Movement of people and animals (since majority are herders/pastoralists) is encouraged as long as they do not destroy the ecosystem.

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indigenous plant species

On arrival at the lake at around 4.30pm a stinky smell welcomed us. Sulphur oxide happens to be released by the lake. The steam produced by the lake is enough to burn one if not careful but coming to think of it this would be one place to do your facial therapy(by steaming to open up the pores)….just thinking out loud.

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wave of hot steam

Did you know you can carry raw eggs and boil them at the hot springs? Yes, you can and that became our snack time as we boiled them. This was by wrapping them in polythene paper bags, with a long stick at hand and placing them at the hot springs gently. Within a minute they were ready for consumption.

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boiled eggs snack time

The rift escarpments so near yet so far away border the lake.

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rift escarpments

We left at 6.30pm and arrived at 1am on Thursday. What a road trip.

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i was having fun

Ps: Camping, research and sport tourism are also offered.

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Posted in community, Lifestyle, marriage

Here comes the bride…

Today is Saturday and it been a weekend the norm has been cleaning, watching movies, taking a nap, visiting friends or going out for an adventure. This was not the case 5-10 years ago.  The weekends back then were marked by weddings or dowry payments to the bride- to- be homestead.

As i sit and wonder, it has come to my attention that this year alone i have neither attended a wedding nor a dowry payment event. Moreover, counting the last time i attended one was in 2011! Damn, are people not getting married anymore? Are the wedding bills scaring them off? Is commitment becoming a problem?

The flower girl moments to been in the bridal party is all becoming vague.  That moment to buy a new dress to be all elegant, shop for a gift is dead. Maybe i need to look for a bunch of friends who will be inviting me to their friends weddings. Or maybe gate crush one…

Well if you need to get married and in need of funds i promise to be in the “harambee” committee just to ensure that a wedding happens.

Anyone getting married or attending a wedding? Count me in.

PS: 12th December is the jawbreaker. After waiting, i have been invited to a wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in counselling, healthyliving, inspiration, Lifestyle, personalgrowth, psychology, writing

LIFE DEFRAGMENTATION

“Like a computer undergoes defragmentation, our lives get fragmented too. One situation tugs on our emotions while trying to concentrate on something else. Demands from every direction bombard us. We want to accomplish everything that needs to be done but our mind won’t stop and our body won’t start. Soon we begin to feel weary and useless.”

Not understanding is the beginning of learning and so does confusion the road to growth. One day you dreaming big, all the vim and vigor takes you to cloud 9 in a positive psyche. Planning, organizing and managing the tasks at hand gives you the needed capacity and empowerment to steer ahead. That energy is enough to drive you through the entire week.

Come the next week. The morale is dead, the thought of waking up dims your life, laziness takes over and you even feel as if you sick but literally you not. Walking like a zombie from one corner to other, thinking hard and trying to figure it out. You even take a pen and notebook with the hope that anything will pop up from that brain. But it doesn’t; instead the notebook becomes a drawing book like a two year old child training to draw for the first time.

“c’mon, c’mon, think, think,” you try to scratch your head off and they may suppose you going mad. They also go through the same once in a lifetime when life hits rock bottom but they have found the right armor to fight it.

Honey, you aren’t going to sit all day and waste your life out. No, even I won’t let that happen! It’s time to reduce the clutter to make you inhale and exhale in peace. We no heroes with magic to do it all at once but am telling you if we had them, hmm all hell would go loose. (The things I would do with them…)

Creating ideas, deleting others has been the power we have most. However, for that idea to prosper resources are needed, with one step at a time. The desire to have scattered pieces all over and not assembling them to something sensible shall be the ruin to many. Of course we told ‘do not put all your eggs in one basket’ but as you put them in the so many baskets are they good for consumption or are they already rotten?

Reducing the speed at which you perform, letting incapability consume you, giving way to inefficiency and much more can only be solved by De-fragmenting your life.FRAGMENTATION Like a computer? I know you asking but yes like that gadget or machine. How?

Create space for new things by avoiding  storing up too much that is unnecessary in life through having a fresh mind, letting go of waste that we love holding up to dearly for reasons I do not know. Those memories from way back that never impacted us yet we usually venting it out to others needs to see the door.
If you cannot multi-task then leave it to the genius. Even that machine tires from been fed with so many commands at the same time. One step at a time, you not competing with anyone in this journey. It’s your cake unless you want others to eat it.
You can have anything but not everything. Aha! For example you can be rich, have anything you want but trust me you will never have everything. (Correct me if you think am wrong) This is because as much as you think you have it all there is always the push factor to accomplish more like you have not conquered it all yet. Demand, demand that is how we roll but start by demanding in small volumes and avoid the large chunks.
Recollect yourself and justify what you want. Stick the pieces together and identify your area of expertise. Jack of all trades only happens to the masters of the game.
De-fragmentation starts in 1,2……