In February we went with a group of friends to Mount Elgon National Park in Kenya. For many of the people going the big goal of the weekend was to attempt to climb to the peak of the mountain. Having three younger children not ready for the climb gave me an easy out. My two oldest were ready for the adventure and went with trusted friends.
On an average day, you drive about two hours high up the mountain and then walk another three to the peak. The park requires that you hire a guide. There is a marked trail but it is relatively easy to become lost.
The views of the area are beautiful.
The flowers are amazing.
The group made it to the Kenyan summit and enjoyed themselves while resting a bit.
The big adventure came during the descent. A wild fire that had been burning on the side of the mountain as the climbers went up had flared up and changed directions some. The photo below shows flames on the path where the climbers were heading.
As in many cases of fire, the smoke became as much of a danger as the fire itself.
Finally they realized that they would have to cross a burning field. There was some debate about the best course of action. The group huddled up for prayer and then the guide crossed over calling the others to follow him.
The fire had come down the road that the cars had been parked on. The fire burned the grass under and around the cars. They had ashes on them but were not damaged.
The views on the drive down had changed slightly just in the hours since the drive up.
Local residents had been driven in and were attempting to fight the fire by beating it back with tree limbs.
Very thankful to have our hikers back safely.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9