Your first destination is the lodge sitting at an altitude of 2950 meters which is where the moorland begins and where some may end their journey, leaving the Mt. Kenya peak ascent to others.
The valley below the lodge offers plenty to see. Sometimes the wardens lay out salt to attract animals for your viewing pleasure. You can almost imagine all species are gathering two by two as told in Biblical tales.
Bottled at the source doesn’t begin to describe the crystal clear perfection of these waters. The lake resembles flat blue glass that has been crafted perfectly to fit inside the surrounding embankment.
Look closely and you can spot a hare coming out of the shelter of their burrow to stare unabashedly at you and your camera only to turn and run, carefree, like a high-school senior after graduation day.
Beyond the moorland is the prize. Mt. Kenya. The mountain itself. Many won’t experience a mountain-goat selfie and will be satisfied with their moorland experience. But for those who go on to “the temple” a flat rocky area that ends in a cliff overlooking Lake Michaelson, Paradise awaits.
The temple is about fourteen kilometers from the lodge. This is where a determined few gather to scale the mountain at 3am in hopes of reaching the peak in time for the morning sunrise.
You’ll need the right gear to withstand the rough terrain and weather which seem hell-bent on knocking you out head, foot, and breath.
But, alas, African sunsets and sunrises are known for their awe-inspiring presentations. So, you’ll continue on.
Just like when you wait in line for hours…even days…to see your favorite band for one last show. You still wear that t-shirt, don’t you?
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