Sailing

Last week was a vacation week for our family. The kids were out of school, and so I took a break from the hospital. We hired at taxi to the train station, boarded the SGR Express for a 5 hour trip to Mombasa, and then hopped another taxi to the small village of Kilifi. In Kilifi we took a 16 hour beginners sailing course. It was mostly fun and sometimes frustrating, but we all learned to sail in just a week. (More practice will be required by all of us.) On our second day of classes we were placed in small boats by ourselves as we manned the tiller and the mainsheet solo, hopping from side to side to maintain the balance of the boat. Every one of us capsized at some point which was part of the fun. After four days, we hopped on the train and began the 11 hour trip back to Kijabe, sunburned and accomplished.

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Proudly displaying our certificates of completion

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Annie rigging the boat

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Sarah making sure her boat is ready

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Maybe someday we can crew some of these big boats

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The frogs came out at night and swam in the pool with us. That is a frog.

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The Kilifi creek in which we learned to sail with the Indian Ocean on the horizon

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