Susan and I, together with Daniel our guide and the trainee guide, Ann, climbed our way into the mountains.
The first German built church; local dukas (shops);
We snacked at Malameni Rock. This huge rock, about 70 meters high, was used for killing abnormal children because they were believed to be carrying evil spirits. They were either left on it to die or thrown over the edge to join the spirits It is very sacred and imposing! Susan, not so good with heights, slid herself along the ledge on which we sat, to obtain the breathtaking views.
Downwards and homebound, we explored the waterfalls and bush bashed our way through eucalyptus plantations…the smell made me rather homesick!
The descent was certainly a good leg workout!….Back at Tona we joined Phyl for a huge satisfying lunch after which we climbed a short way down the hill to meet Monica’s family. Her daughter, Love, had mad a big pot of Maize and beans.
Having just finished a big lunch we had to politely eat again. It is also rude not to partake in a second helping as it will offend the cook!!....so we ate with these beautiful, warm and humble people.
Fortunately we had arranged to visit John’s mother so headed off, walking off our food and enjoying the views on our descent. Unbeknown to us when we started that the walk was going to take us 2½ hours!
“It must be just after the next church……It must be around the next corner…..”
A search party had been sent to find us and we gratefully welcomed Denis and David, young members of John’s family, and followed them to Mama John’s home where they, too, lived.
We were given a royal welcome by all the neighbors and again fed with venison, rice, bean,s fruit, chai mazewa (Milk tea)
We greeted, ate, greeted, took photos and had to say farewell just as the sun was setting…but not before Mama John had bestowed upon us a sawadi (a present representing her friendship) of beans, bananas and a LIVE chicken! We decided to collect our sawadi as we drove down the hill the following day
We were met by Daniel and Ann and accompanied on the 2 ½ hr walk back up the hill. Monica had another meal ready for us and surprisingly….we had room for her wonderful chappati.!
We fell into bed happily exhausted!