Team Meeting…and Lake Kyoga – Friday, August 23rd, 2013

We were all up and ready by 9am to head back to completely finish off the installation at Okidi after another day of waiting on the contractor (Richard). However, we soon received a call from Pilgrim letting us know that Titus would come over around 10am for a Team Meeting. We all knew that was not a good sign…

Titus told us that, contrary to what we’d been told yesterday, Richard was gone to Kampala to pick up the remaining machines (huller and mill), and that there was nothing more we could do at the sites without them. Titus suggested that instead of banging our heads against the wall in frustration at Golden Ark, we should go hiking and for a bat ride to the islands in Lake Kyoga. We quickly changed and headed off to Bugondo.

When we got to the lake, the eccentric boatman was asking much too high a price, so we decided to forego the islands and instead hike the larger mountain on the mainland. Two ladies native to the village at which we parked guided us up the steep, rocky terrain to the top of the hill. It was a hot, sunny day so we had a nice clear view of the expansive Teso landscape. In the distance, we could even see the distinct silhouette of Soroti Rock, which looked so small from so far away.

After resting our muscles and enjoying the hilltop scenery, we headed back down the mountain, motivated by the thought of our water bottles waiting at the bottom. To the relief of some and the chagrin of others, it began to rain on our descent. It got progressively heavier, too, so by the time we were back at the car, we were thoroughly soaked and muddy.

A delicious meal prepared by Esther was waiting for us when we got back to Golden Ark. After overeating, showering, and wringing out our dripping clothes, we were hit hard by a food coma. Eric, Gabriella, and Shalni watched Blood Diamond and promptly went to sleep, hoping for a more productive day tomorrow.

Shalni, Eric, and Gabriella

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