Val waiting for her meal after the 6 hour walk across the city. If you look closer you can see the thin layer of patience separating her from her other hungry self.
Last weekend on Sunday, I , plus a group of 30 people, embarked on the longest walk I’ve ever made by far. We covered a distance of about 23KMS in approximately 6 hours. I was able to do this in the company of the Mountain Slayers Uganda who organized the walk.
I was introduced to this group by a Brian, a friend who is already part of the group. Mountain Slayers Uganda are a group of people who are passionate about traveling, mountain climbing and hiking. The group was started in 2015 after Paul Lumala, one of the founders, had an amazing experience climbing mountain Rwenzori. The group has been to a number of places in and out of Uganda some of which include mountain Mt. Muhavura, Sempeya Hotsprings, Mt.Rwenzori.
I had always wanted to join them on one of the trips they had planned this year but my schedule and finances had never allowed until the 7 hills chapter which was happening in town, a one day event and practically free. I had to go! Plus, it had been long since I was out shooting so it was crucial for me to get out there and shoot.
Arrival time at Lugogo was 6.30am and we began the walk at 7am. We covered these 7 hills; Nsambya, Kibuli, Rubaga, Mengo, Namirembe, Old Kampala and Kasubi hill. It was a tough one! The weather was great at first but we got roasted by the blazing heat in the afternoon. The dust, the dehydration, the salt sweating, and the traffic congestion made the walk less enjoyable but made the feeling of accomplishment all the more worthwhile at the end. We made it to the last stop of the walk which was at the Kasubi hill. After resting for a few minutes we jumped into matatus and returned to Lugogo for a scrumptious lunch at Torino.
3 days to day 50! We’re almost at the middle. We are humbled by all those reading this and all those who’ve complemented and supported this series so far. Thank you!
For day 47 we have a shot taken near the first of three Sipifalls as we embarked on the 7km hike through the punishing terrain. At this particular point we could still afford the smiles.
These are custom made bags crafted by my mum. I guess we finally know where that creative gene came from. This is a new venture she’s into to keep busy and also bring in some money while at it. I was blown away by the fact the she’s been able to pick a new skill fairly recently and clients are already trickling in. Some of the beads she uses are made of glass and others are made of plastic. She’s currently working on an order of about 10 bags that were commissioned by the Bakiga Mother’s Union and she’s pretty excited about it!