What a FUN week we've had! We drove to Addis Ababa Monday (my birthday) and stayed with the Preators and Tanners overnight then flew Tuesday morning to UGANDA for a Mission Couples Conference at the Paraa Lodge. Uganda is VERY lush and green and quite different than Ethiopia. The people even look quite different. We LOVED stopping a a supermarket and seeing things we can't get in Ethiopia. We have gone on two games drives, a river safari and had a great time getting to know the other 16 couples serving in the Uganda Kampala Mission! They are WONDERFUL and we have exchanged experiences and ideas... SO inspiring!! Today is our 41st Anniversary. What a way to celebrate!! The photos of the baboons were taken from our balcony this afternoon! We had 12 baboons out there climbing the tree next to our room and running around!!
|Blowing out my candle...|
Driving from the Entebbe Airport to Kampala
past Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa!
|On the road to Paraa Lodge (on a shortcut that took 2 hours|
|We took a ferry across the Nile. Elephants were grazing across|
|View from our balcony|
|Our first game drive on Wednesday|
I LOVED the cute little baby elephant!
These elephants walked RIGHT behind our truck!
|We saw dozens of giraffes ~ my favorite!|
|Sunset at the end of our drive|
|River Safari on the African Queen the second day we were there|
|We saw LOTS of hippos right next to our boat!|
Notice the BABY ones!
|One of MANY crocs on the bank|
|A huge world globe on the banks of the Nile|
|Elder and Sister Palmer serving in Rwanda|
We are good friends with Elder Palmer's sister Phyllis!
|I thought this was a fun looking little gift shop...|
|This bus that stopped at the same gas station we stopped at|
was PACKED with people!! I just missed getting a picture
of a guy getting off carrying a bunch of chickens!
The red, yellow and green colors of the Ethiopian flag are
|Papyrus plants on the roadside|
|No signs when a road is closed.... just rocks! We have seen this in|
Ethiopia and in South Africa too.
|When we got back to Kampala, on our last night|
there, we all ate at the Mission Home (Chinese take-out)!
Then we had a Christmas Devotional and sang Christmas
carols around the tree. It was really nice!
|Uganda looks very different than Ethiopia with it's red tile roofs|
and red bricks made from the red clay you see all over.
|These trees outside the Mission Couples' apartments|
were SO different! I had to get a picture.
|These are the five couples' apartments in Kampala. We stayed in|
the one on the top floor on the right. Sister missionaries
also live in one of the apartments.
|I thought these fan palms were also very different looking!|
|Birds lay eggs in holes in the side of the cliff|
We hiked to the top!
|The falls from the top|
|Taking a break after the LONG hike to the top of the falls|
|About 12 of the 16 couples in our mission made the hike|
|Lion prints.... the closest we got to seeing a lion. : /|
|Sunrise on our morning game drive (out of order)|
|Baboons outside below our balcony|
|There were about 5 or 6 of these strange looking trees all around|
the lodge. They said elephants LOVE the things hanging from
the tree and shake the trunks with THEIR trunks to knock them
to the ground to eat them. They were as hard as a rock!?
|One last photo as we left the lodge. It was REALLY decorated|
for Christmas ! I LOVED that because Ethiopia's Christmas
is not the same as ours and we had seen NO decorations!
|This is our Mission President Robert Chatfield and his|
wife Katherine from Alpine, Utah. They got to the mission
about a month before we entered the MTC.
|We shared the Storys' two bedroom apartment|
for a few nights in Kampala. They had been
there for just FOUR days!! They are from
the Pocatello, ID area.
|The Victoria Nile on the way to Murchison Falls from |
the African Queen (out of place....)