Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt. After all, most of my best memories come from some old dirt road.
I don’t have a favourite season. I have a favourite feeling. It’s the windows down, silent back roads with dirty bare feet feeling. It’s when I can walk straight outside without pausing to fish out a jacket. It’s dancing across a bridge as the cool breeze and beautiful hands run through my hair.
It is fishing out river rocks in a raging river as Spidey, my partner in crime, swings his way through the canopy of Naro Moru’s majestic forest in the shadow of Mt Kenya. Truly, a favourite season is overrated. All you need is the open, and with that, Spidey and I, afoot and lighthearted, went in search of our next adventure.
At an altitude of 1,982 metres (6,505ft) above the sea level lies Naro Moru River Lodge. The lodge sits along the banks of Naro Moru River, which flows from the Lewis Glacier on Mt Kenya.
And thus our journey began, at what has become to be known as the primary base for conquering the colossus dormant volcano. And while our path today would not lead us to the second-highest mountain in Africa, which stands at 5,199 metres above sea level, the experience was in no way less magical.
We took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees, quite literally. Hiking the trails of the forest with no real destination in sight was exactly what I needed.
We weren’t just exploring, we fell in love with the moments. From the gravity defying biking trails that left me shaken — honestly, who in their right minds would race across a barely there elevated bridge? I could barely take a step without affirmation from our guide, George Okoiti, or as Spidey and I call him, George of the Jungle.
It made me realise that while we all want to live on a mountain top, happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. And as I held myself back from picking daisy after daisy, I couldn’t help, but think about those who live and die in the same corner they are born — it’s sad they never get to see the big beautiful world.
The hike, which took about two hours exploring through the fascinating scenery, also took us through the lodge’s challenge course, where we came across a team trying their hand at wall climbing — without harnesses I might add. Sure, the exercise is all about team effort and trust, but you’d have to be cuckoo to run up that wall — just sayin!
And as you might expect, everyone, was lining up for the challenge. Thinking back, I wouldn’t mind to be categorised with everyone in this case. There’s something liberating about facing your fears. Life changing, in fact, and while I didn’t join the throng in that leap of faith, I did, however, learn a thing or two about myself; not all classrooms have four walls after all.