February 22, 2016 chartreusian

Burundi camping adventure

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Basically if you’ve ever watched Long Way Down or Long Way Around with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Borman…you have some idea of what we were doing. Except instead of 2 guys on bikes plus two support vehicles, we were two dads, plus a mom and a kid on two bikes, and one Land Cruiser with the other 10 people – for a total of 8 kids between 1-14.  So basically… the exact same thing.IMG_3520

Caleb saying – “I’m not sure this will hold you”

 

 

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so we just move a few planks

…and we’re good to go

Once we got to where we (thought) we were going – we found a pretty amazing place to set up our camp. Kind of had our pick of the place.
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DSC03437Pretty hard to imagine finding a much better place than this to camp.  Out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the lush green countryside of Burundi.

Also just about 100m away is a thermal hot spring, with some really hot water.  Actually there were two – one is for women and one for men.  Except on Wednesdays & Saturdays, then they’re both for men. And we were there on a Saturday.  But we had someone say basically “no that’s fine…you’re visitors…your women can come in”  Yeah..don’t think that’s going to happen when there are about 40 dudes in the pool – and when us guys get in we have every set of eyes staring at us intensely and constantly.   But the guys had a nice cleansing & relaxing soak before bed.  And the women actually got a chance in the smaller one when a bunch of the guys cleared out.

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The next morning we took a hike to find some waterfalls that we had been told about – and they did not disappoint.

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The water was FREEZING – but we spent pretty much the whole morning swimming, cliff jumping, making dams in the streams and just enjoying this beautiful place.

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Someone was pretty excited for her first PIkki ride. And she managed to hold on for the whole hour and half back home. I kid. But she did like riding around the campsite a bit.