A different Christmas

We Merrills climbed Mt. Longonot on Christmas. Five other friends joined us: Jessie, Julie, Janet and the Schroeders. The mountain is a volcanic peak in the middle of the Rift Valley. The peak has a large crater in the center. Everyone hiked up to the rim. Four of our party hiked the whole way around the rim.

We were all proud of Rachel, who at 5 years old, made it the entire way up to the rim and down without complaining!

Our Christmas feast was lunch on the rim. We celebrated the end of lunch with Christmas crackers - an English tradition. (See the shot of Jessie and Janet.) Our three years in England helped us to enjoy that party feature. Two of our group are English, so we honored (honoured) them accordingly. Jessie is from Australia, which enjoys the tradition of crackers too. By the way, Christmas crackers are not eaten - they are popped.

The day was beautiful. Last year's hike was hot, dry and dusty. This year found us enjoying more green in the Rift Valley than we have ever seen and welcome cloud cover. I spent about an hour peacefully watching the clouds roll over the rim into the crater and listening to unknown bird songs.

The volcano is mostly extinct. There are a few steam vents that show evidence of a little activity below the surface. (That puff of smoke in the one shot shows one of the vents.)


Michael said…
Wow, what a neat way to celebrate Christmas. Thanks for sharing.
Julie said…
We would have loved to join you on that Christmas hike! Looks & sounds fantastic. D&I enjoy keeping up w/you guys via your blog. Thanks for writing & taking great shots too, Paul!
Lora_3 said…
Now thats a great Christmas. What a great idea.

Be safe...
Orrange said…
That's a great way to spend Christmas! And Christmas Crakers are a part of our holiday tradition too (thanks to Brent's british influence )
Jon said…
and we added crackers last year. This year, for an office party, we used them...and had a delightful time.

Thanks for showing your Christmas life. Very different than the midwest US...and more delightful!
The Pocknalls said…
Looks like a great way to spend Christmas. I would guess you are probably used to one with snow.
Danielle said…
What a joyous Christmas. Thanks for sharing. God Bless!

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