Arusha Project


Third time’s the charm
August 21, 2009, 8:08 am
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For every program we travel to Moshi or Marangu, cities located about 2 hours away from Arusha towards Kilimanjaro.  Each time our task is to find a waterfall AND a hike, but up to this point, he had only found the waterfal and had to make our own trail.  THis time, we came prepared.  We actually got directions (always a plus) and hired a guide.  With his help we reached the trailhead, and had to use the restroom.  The guide escourted us to a Mama’s house to use her toilet, which was a wide but shallow pitcovered by wooden planks with a space between to relieve yourself and surrounded by a tarp for privacy.  This was a bit of a shock, because most toilets we’ve used here are pit latrines made of  mud, stone or porcelain, while the toilets at the house are porcelain thrones.  So after that experience, we continued on, walking through a green valley and reached the waterfall.  There we crawled around the mossy rocks to sit behind the waterfall, taking careful pains not to fall in. By the end of it, we were pretty wet from the mist, so us four women adventurers decided to go for a swim.  So we convinced our male counterparts to hang out for a bit while we swam in our underwear. SO FUN! The water was ridiculously cold, and it took a lot of screaming, wincing and mutual support to go all the way in.  As we swam under the waterfall and reached the rock face for a rest, we saw it was covered in crabs! RETREAT! filled the air and we swam back to the other side of the pool, to safety.  The hike back was as beautiful as the way in, afterwhich we enjoyed some rice, meat, vegetables and orange slices all for a dollar a plate and drove home content and happy. What a day:)

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