Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda was one of the most amazing things I have ever been apart of. Leaving Kigali to Kinigi meant waking up and leaving at 4:00am to drive 3 hours to Kinigi where I would join a group and guide and start our Trek at the crack of dawn to find the Gorillas. Each of the Gorilla families have an assigned guard who track them daily and protect them from poachers. Right now Rwanda if only one of two places on the globe where Gorilla Treks are possible so the rarity of seeing them was something spectacular. Our guide Francior was one of the funniest most knowledgable guides. He had been tracking the gorillas for almost 30 years and was not above beating his chest, eating bamboo, and speaking gorilla just to show us what we would be experiencing. Francior started by teaching us how to speak gorilla which at first seemed a bit unnecessary, until I found out later while being charged by the BIG MAMA how thankful I was that our guide could speak to her and calm her down. I would absolutely love to go back to Rwanda and see them over and over again, the overwhelming since of awe seeing the most powerful land mammal in front of me grazing in such a beautiful country was astounding.
This is an idea of what I brought with me and why...
Pretty incredibly blessed to experience such beauty already, so excited for whats ahead!
Currently Listening to: To the Very End by Will Regan
So through a few scheduling changes, I missed the first plane that would take me from Dallas to Washington before connecting in Ethiopia then Kigali Rwanda. Although freak out mode was an option I had a huge peace about getting on this other flight, don't know why but I am down to go with the flow. The part that was unfortunate about it was that the change in fare and rebooking fee totaled to $1,300. WHAT!? That was a costly mistake. I prayed about it and realized that God was in control of my finances and still felt a peace about making the change. I was also reminded that money is a fleeting object that does not deserve to be freaked out about. God brought me where I am and will bring me through anything else He has called me to. Maybe I will meet someone on the new flight, maybe something would have gone wrong with that flight, or maybe I just learned how to not let my freak out mode overwhelm the work at hand. Either way I am going into this trip expecting great things and declaring God's control over it all. Oh and of course there is a video to go with all of this. Enjoy!
Thanks to the ever supportive roommate Sean Berry for the ride to the airport!