Because I was itching to explore something new around Siaya town, I looked on a map and happened to find a lake I'd never heard of - Lake Kanyaboli. Jim and Fridah eagerly joined me for an adventure of discovery.
|Waiting by the side of the road for our boda boda guys (motorbike taxis)|
Immediately after breakfast, we took a 20-minute boda boda ride from near Agnes' house to Nyagondo stage on the highway. From there, we took a 30-minute matatu ride to Siaya town. The next leg of our journey was a long, tiresome, and dusty boda boda ride to the lake. In fact, two boda boda drivers refused to take us because of the dust!
|Wow, this guy has a quite interesting load of odds and ends!|
We had no idea what we might find when we got to the lake, but were pleasantly surprised when a guy offered to take us out in a boat. We agreed on a price for two boats, so our boda boda drivers could join us.
[At the end of our time on the lake, the guy suddenly changed his mind on our agreed-upon arrangement and wanted more. But I stood my ground and only gave him the original amount of $10.]
|Getting a push away from the shore|
|Our two boda boda drivers and Frida had never been on a boat before in their lives!|
Jim, who is quite adept at any challenge, had been with me on a boat at Machakos Peoples' Park as well as the paddle boats at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi many times. He enjoyed rowing the boat for a while, and joyfully sang, "Row, Row, Row the Boat".
|Fridah overcame her fear of being on the lake, and also took a turn at rowing the boat for a while!|
|We were out on the lake for well over an hour and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!|
|Beautiful papyrus growing at the edge of the lake|
When we got back to Siaya town, we found a small cafe for lunch. Over chicken, chips, and a soda I engaged my two young friends in a stimulating conversation about some basic principles of life:
- Overcome your fears. Don't be afraid to try something new and different.
- Be willing to go places where you've never been before.
- Discover and learn something new each day.