You’ve helped plan my Kenya trip and been with me through the paperwork, vaccines, and packing. You were even with me as I blogged my way through the trip itself, sharing my thoughts on designing a trip with teens in mind, the conundrum of the Masai Mara, and the questions raised when visiting the slums.
We felt completely at ease walking around the African bush with our Samburu guide, who could read every broken twig, dropped scat, and embedded pawprint left by passing fauna. He oozed a sort of lanky, manly assuredness. No matter that the guy was wearing a red-and-white dress and had a feather poking out of his forehead. It was a good lesson for my boys, who at ages 13 and 15 are negotiating the complex route to manhood. As our guide looked for game, his feather blew in the breeze.
Baby elephants are cute. Schoolkids in uniform are even cuter. Put the two together and you’ve gone over the edge in adorable. Here, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage outside Nairobi, orphaned animals are lovingly cared for, and when ready, introduced back into the wild.
All photos by Norie Quintos