Mount Sabinyo, Virunga Mountain Range | elevation 11,959 | 10.5 miles ...... Sometimes I wonder if my body is ever resentful that it got paired with my soul. My soul craves adventure and demanding environments. And my body has no option but to carry it through the fatigue, and extreme temperatures, and bruises, and fear. ... Today I did the second most physically demanding thing I think I've ever done. I hiked an inactive volcano. ... It all started with a 9 hour bus ride, 3.5 people in a seat meant for 2. The isle filled with standing passengers who couldn't get seats. It was the post bus so we stopped at the post offices along the way to deliver mail. But with the sheer number of people I couldn't get out. No bathroom breaks. Then a 2 hour car ride. 8 people and their luggage in a car meant for 4. ... The next morning I grabbed 645 bottles of water, downed a rolex, and made my way to the trailhead. The trail to Sabinyo has 3 peaks. It sits on the border so when you summit the 3rd and final peak you are standing in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo all at the same time. The elevation and the fact that we are heading into the wet season meant pure cloud cover and hail. But the journey up was the real adventure. Many people don't make it all the way. It was grueling and definitely not one of the safest things I've ever done. But boy was it worth it. ... Shout out to Ranger Richard for accompanying me. He gave me a necessary mix of encouragement and tough love along the way. He does this 14 times a month so this was just a walk in the park for him (see what I did there). I on the other hand, had legitimate doubts I could continue before we even reached peak 1...but we all know I'm stubborn af so I told my legs to shut up and keep moving. ... Thank you, dear body, for putting up with me. Thank you, dear universe, for throwing me curveballs. And thank you, dear Uganda, for once again filling my heart with more gratitude than I think I can hold. #exploreonexplorealways
My first time seeing giraffes in the wild! Rothschild's Giraffes are considered "one of the most endangered giraffe populations" with less than 1,700 individuals in the world (source: Wikipedia). Murchison Falls in northern Uganda is one of a handful of places to see them, but 15 giraffes have just been reintroduced to Lake Mburo in the past few years (if my memory is correct?). The photo is not super sharp but I was so happy to see 6 of the 15 giraffes at a distance from the game road.