Blogging doesn't happen quite so easily in the mountains of Uganda!
Mid morning on Friday we packed up and headed to visit Sipi Falls. The Newberrys had heard that the falls were amazing and so we decided to make a road trip.
The difference between a road trip in the US and Uganda is great. Here is just a short list of my observations...
#1.) Holes the size of small ditches are perfectly permissible on a Ugandan road.
#2.) Most restroom stops in Uganda require you to bring your own toilet paper and to surrender privacy.
#3.) Roads may or may not be marked, so it's highly probable that Google maps won't be the best resource.
Our trip to Sipi was certainly an adventure. The men would never claim to have gotten us lost...but the route that we took most definitely tested the Newberrys' vehicle's 4 wheel drive capability and provided us with some very rural mountain scenery. It was fun, but we were more than ready to arrive at our destination.
The place where we stayed was incredible. The guest rooms were grass covered bungalows that were literally on the edge of a cliff. Across the valley you could see one of the waterfalls. As we slept at night the sound of running water created the most relaxing white noise.
It'a been a long time since I've stayed anywhere so rustic. We didn't have any electricity and the "toilet" in our room was really a compost bucket. I'm not typically a roughing it kind of gal, but the majesty of the views and the beauty of the place were surreal...you would have to be crazy to not be awestruck by the wonder of it all.
Saturday morning we hired a local tour guide (Fred) to take us on the trails to visit the different waterfalls. Armed with our bamboo walking sticks, iphone cameras, and granola bars, we set off to explore the falls.
Whenever I spend much time in nature, God's creativity and power overwhelms me. So often times I question His ability to do the miraculous in my personal life...I am constantly doubting if He will carry through on the promises He's given me.
And then I see His work. The beautiful splendor that He could create by merely speaking. The intrinsic design of ecosystems that can only be marveled over. The inconceivable majesty of it all. When I pause to look around at what God is doing around me, it gives me the faith to say I know what He plans to do will be amazing.
Over the last 9 days we have created many memories...so many experiences to be treasured and shared. We are so thankful that God brought us here to remember what He has spoken to us. We look forward to hearing Him speak to us as we continue to press in and figure out what our next steps are.
Much thanks to all who have followed our journey. I am so appreciative to those who have shown an interest in our trip, to those who have volunteered to sponsor a child, to those who have asked how they can get more deeply involved.
We are much blessed by you!!
More updates to follow, but until then I must get one more batch of roasted bananas before we leave :)