On Saturday, while out of the city on Lake Ziway, we decided to go scouting for hippos. We had baby life jackets, snacks and the diaper bag and set out first thing. The skies were gloomy and I questioned my intelligence as to taking 4 kids out. We were reassured the boat had a cover and we would be fine.
Before getting to the boat, we walked down a long jetty, eroded away by the rain.
And then this dock.
At this point, I was ready to turn back, but we had made it this far, and our guide, after seeing me giving the dock a wary eye, helpfully said in English, “This part is a bit of an adventure”. We laughed, the girls seemed comfortable, the babies happy in the outdoors and pressed on.
Out on the open seas. Well, just a lake, but a big one.
And then we came across a pod of hippos. And our boat driver stopped the motor. This is after he had a very difficult time starting it close to shore. My tone escalated a bit and A calmly said, “Well, if Miss T gets eaten by a hippo, it will still have been a fun adventure but we will grieve”.
The motor started the and hippos were nonchalant about our presence. They are intriguing creatures.
A view of the dock on the way back. An adventure for sure. J’s leg slipped through and so she and A were scooped up by two men and carried the rest of the way.
-Eliza, an STA (short term associate) who is joining our project and our family for the next 3 months arrived safely from Australia today. This is her first time abroad and we are so thankful for her courage to come! Pray for her orientation and acclimation (to this culture and our zoo-ey family).
-Safety, productivity and relationships among our neighbors for Jon, Michael and Jason, who will travel to Injibara on Friday to work on the house.
-Tiger’s eye got a little scratch today and it is really bothering him.