Power outage for 6 1/2 hours yesterday...Thank goodness its back on...One day until safari...



Our soft sided bags for the tiny plane.  They said no shaped hard bags.
Yesterday, we were imagining what it would be like getting ready to leave for safari with no power after it went out at 9:45 am, not returning until 4:15 pm.  We also wondered how we'd shower and get ready to go out to dinner last night, if the power remained off.  There would be no hot water.

Our laptops batteries were dead.  Our smart phones were charging when the power went out and wouldn't last through the night enabling us to read our books.

We couldn't watch movies on the laptop.  All the food in the freezer and refrigerator would go bad and, we'd have no ice. Plus, the danger of home invasions greatly increases when there's no power.

There's always monkey families along this stretch of road.
Need I say that we discussed our options if the power didn't come back on by 5:00 pm:

1.  Go out to dinner, staying out at late as possible.
2.  Return to the house which may possibly still in the dark.
3.  Go to bed, no reading, a habit that hard to break, one we've acquired without having a TV.

Or...
1.  Get a cab, stay in a hotel overnight with AC for a night, free WiFi, dinner and breakfast the next day (All the resorts have generators), returning on Friday, hopefully with power or,
2.  Pack up all of our safari luggage, get a cab to stay overnight both Thursday and Friday nights, leaving for the airport at 7:00 am Saturday morning.

Or...
1.  Tough it out, stay in for dinner making something easy while its still light: tuna salad on a bed of lettuce with a side of coleslaw.  Nuts for dessert.
2.  Play Gin by candlelight until bedtime

This one was more interested in picking at the grass than noticing us stop to take a photo.
What did we actually do?  We played Gin for 6 1/2 hours.  Tom slaughtered me!
At 4:15 pm the power returned.  We made the tuna salad anyway.  And, when the power came back on, we began charging all of our equipment, had dinner in the outdoor living room, watched a few shows we'd saved on the hard drive, headed to bed at 11:00 pm with no bugs in the mosquito netting.  Once again, we were content.

Tomorrow morning, we'll be heading out.  You'll hear from us by the end of the day on Saturday (depending where you are in the world) when hopefully, we'll have arrived in one piece and early enough to take a few photos to post, provided we have the promised good Internet connection in the Masai Mara. 

Last night while getting ready for bed in the bathroom, there was a huge lizard sitting atop the light fixture above the mirror.  Tom tried to move him along with a too-small dustpan to no avail.  He took off to return a short while later but finally was gone this morning. It was the biggest lizard we'd seen in Kenya thus far. 


Talk about an "outdoor living room."

We've packed everything except our drying laundry.  It was on the clothesline overnight and it rained in buckets.  Most likely, Hesborn washed it again this morning and again, hung it to dry.  With today's good breeze with slightly less humidity, we might get lucky. 

We printed our e-tickets for the tiny plane on our portable printer.  We're charging all of our equipment and bringing all required cables, chargers and adapters.  Everything on our list is included.

Again, we reminded ourselves that these roadside shops/homes don't ever have electricity. 
Tonight, we'll eat in having leftover tuna salad, fillet mignon and coleslaw; easy, quick and delicious.  I'll set the alarm on my phone leaving it under my pillow and by 7:00 am tomorrow morning, we'll be on our way to the tiny airport down the road. 

If we don't get to see the Great Migration since its moved on, we are totally accepting of this fact and won't allow ourselves a moment of disappointment.  Once we start taking photos, we'll be on cloud 9.

They say the drive from the tiny airport in Masai Mara in itself is an adventure!
See you soon from "the bush."   

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is so nice to see the monkeys just going their own way and not bothered by humans. Wouldn't it be great if all animals could be free. And that goes for some people also.
We often have our electricity go out during a storm and it is awful. We rely on electricity so much that we forget that to some people it is normal not to have it. But I love my creature comforts too much to do without. Good thing you like to play cards.
It looks like you are not taking very much stuff on your trip. How did you manage that! Did those bags include all of your electronic gadgets?
You probably will not have much time to respond to your email or posts so I will close for now.
Saying a prayer for your safety.
Pat & Dan

Jessica said...

Hi! We're at the tiny airport waiting to get on the tiny plane. Will be back later today with news and photos.
Have a great day! There's two planes out there. I sure hope the bigger one is ours!

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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