This past weekend 18th of March we were out on the trails again and off we headed to Mt. Kiplombe which is in Njoro. We left Nairobi at 5:00am with the hope of getting to the base of the mountain by 8:00am. That did not happen because as usual there are factors that cannot be controlled and we ended up beginning the hike at 10:00am.
To say it was hot would be an understatement and the effects of the altitude and the heat were felt in less than an hour into the hike. A couple of the team members started complaining of nausea and headaches and like any other condition, this was managed and we made it to the top of Mt. Kiplombe. The view from the top is always epic and we took our time admiring the large tracts of farm land that belong to a prominent Kenyan.
The trek down was longer than the trek up-this rarely happens but when it does, it makes the hike that much more interesting. We were taken to ‘the office’ which is a gorge that was used as a meeting point by the mau mau who would traverse from Nanyuki to Eldama ravine to plot how they would get independence for Kenya. To say that this was a scenic and educative hike would be putting it mildly.
We eventually finished the trek after 6 hours and made it back to camp to freshen up and rest for the night. Over dinner we had a really animated and interesting conversation among ourselves and our differences as hikers came out clearly. It was interesting to see that you can live in the same town, and do similar things with people but still have a very different worldview. Our common thing as slayers is to hike together and to impact society through acts of service and kindness.
After enjoying the last embers of the bonfire, we eventually made it into our tents for the night. We slept like logs, a combination of the heat during the hike, the 6 hours of walking plus the good food that was served by our hosts in Njoro had us all knock off for the night.
At breakfast the next day, (another sumptuous feast) we got to interact with the owner of the property. He comes from a long line of settlers who came to Kenya before the 1900’s and who eventually settled at the current farm in 1903. Listening to his story about how his family got to be where they are and their rights versus what I learnt in history class and what has been the narrative for all my existence pointed yet again how everyone has a perspective and a story to tell.
If we are to have smoother relationships with each other, the onus is on us to try and understand where different people are coming from and to accept that different is not bad. Different just simply means not the same. Many arguments would be prevented if people took the time to listen and understand each other’s perspective and also make peace with the fact that different is not bad. Different is simply not the same. It takes an open minded person to accept this and to put it into practice. Harmonious living comes when we respect and accommodate that which is different from us.
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