Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Morning ride with Lucrezia

We woke up with mourning doves and red wing starlings being quite chatty.
Kilimanjaro was nicely covered by a white blanket of fresh snow, laid down by the heavy clouds we saw yesterday.
A perfect morning to go riding, I thought.
Lucrezia was not up for an early ride, she wanted to bid farewell to Yianoi, the Maasai girl who she schooled with for 8 years.
After breakfast we saddled Warai and Lightning,  and off we went.


It is hard to describe the feeling of riding in the middle of the savanna, in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Try to imagine it...
Birds singing... the horses legs make a whispering sound while brushing the long grasses...
Zebras, crowded around the camp's waterhole, allow us a very close up encounter...
A baby giraffe is not sure what we are. We stop and he comes closer. And closer... When he is about 10 mt away he brakes off in a shambling gallop, searching comfort from his mom...
 Two males Tommies are having a territorial argument, one eventually rushes the other off.
A group of impala is browsing calmly under a pink blossoming dombeya.

Well, close your eyes and think to be in all of this for just a moment... yes, it feels like another World...

And Kilimanjaro white snow shines in the hazed sky. It seems lik a lonely white cloud.
When you can't see its base Kilimanjaro seems more majestic then ever...

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