Hey family and friends!
Gaby here… This past Monday and Tuesday our group and the SYEF
graduates drove 2 hours to Ngare Ndare.. fun fact that means water for goats. Before
I start let me say what and amazing 2 days! Everyone conquered some sort of
fear they had and we all meshed together as one supportive and courageous being.
We stayed with a company called Rift Valley Adventures, we
all slept in big tents and listened to the hyenas laugh during our evening
activity. The afternoon we arrived at the RVA lodge, we were treated to goat as
well as potatoes and vegetables with sides of fruit and salad. Since meat has
not been present on our plates very often this past week and a half, we all ate
till our hearts content and then got ready for rock climbing! The guides took
us into a protected area and set up three routes for us all to climb and then
we climbed! People in the group had all sorts of fears like heights and getting
hurts, but despite the mental obstacles every individual had, everyone faced
their fears and climbed up at least one route. There were tears, panic attacks,
scrapes, and bruises but everyone showed tremendous amounts of strength. After
getting back to the lodge and showering we were treated to meat once again😊
as well as garlic bread and watermelon.
For our evening activity we divided into 4 teams and played
a game called waiter where one person from each team carried a tray on their
finger tips and tried to knock the tray out of their opponents hands. The game
got super intense, everyone was screaming and encouraging their team member to
knock down people’s trays. Spencer, Apin, and George all cheated. Never the
less the game was super fun and was pointed out (by me😊)
that the game symbolizes how when you focus on other people and knocking them
down you often fall down yourself. After that we played some games of mafia,
chess, and mancala and then settled in for a super cold and long night in the
The next day we
went Cliff Jumping!! And what an amazing experience it was. After walking three
miles to the blue pools where we would be jumping, we put on wetsuits and
helmets and started jumping. First 6 feet and working our way up to 18 feet,
everyone took a plunge into the freezing water that scared them. For me
standing on top of the highest jump wearing someone else’s slippery shoes that were
way to big for me made my legs shake and heart race uncontrollably. However as
always with this group, everyone else’s love and support helped me get over the
fear in my own head and jump into the pools. And believe it or not those jumps
were only the practice jumps, from there we hiked up to pools with some
waterfalls, swam for a bit, and then went to our final couple jumps which were
24ft high! If you jumped off the first jump you had to jump of the second in
order to get out of the canyon we were in, so not everyone chose to jump. But
those who did over came their fears and everyone was safe in the end. Also we
saw three frogs!!
The rest of the
day consisted of driving back, showering, eating, and then a very heart warming
and supportive reflection before the end of the day.
Since I know
all of you are not reading for me but rather your individual child, friend,
etc.. on the trip I will tell you how everyone over came their fears.
so scared of both climbing and cliff jumping but sucked it up and climbed an
entire wall all the way to the top and jumped off all the jumps into the pools.
swim and is also super scared of heights but jumped of the cliffs (twice) and
Climbed a rock wall all the way to the top and killed it taking pictures of
everyone cliff jumping
of all of the Cliffs despite saying she wasn’t going to do any.
Baylee: Did all
the activities with no fear and used her lifeguard skills to help everyone who
was scared of the water conquer their fears
every activity with so much poise and confidence despite being scared and out
of his element
Emily: Did all
the activities despite having genuine concerns about her health and abilities..
but she rocked it and did an amazing job.
Paige: got over
her fear of climbing and reached the top of the rock wall as well as jumping
off all the cliffs without hesitation
Kiana: Used her
experience in climbing to help others and was her kind and supportive self to
everyone who needed it, also jumped off all the cliffs
Maeve: Did all
the activities despite having some doubts, but she excelled and climbed all
they way up the hardest climb and jumped off a cliff
Gaby (meee): I
jumped of a 24ft cliff!!!
Spencer: Had no
fear but kindly reassured everyone who was scared of jumping of the cliff that “its
just like jumping off a cliff)
supportive and fearless as always and jumped off all the cliffs
So that about
sums up our two days with Rift Valley Adventures, sorry if it was long but even
in this length its hard to encapsulate everything we experienced into words
that would make you understand even a part of everything that was felt over
these past couple of days. To all our family and friends we miss you all
greatly and are thinking of you often as we are soon to go home and be able to
talk to you all directly. If you want anything from the women’s village please
comment down below as we are starting to purchase things before we leave. Your
comments mean so so much to us so please comment and we are so excited to see
you all soon!
Lots of love,