If I can walk on my two feet, I can drift…eeerm go on a hike. I promise to wear comfortable shoes and carry my pain medication.
That was my acknowledgment letter after being given the go-ahead to ditch the crutches. I didn’t actually write it, but I should have! I was elated to have been given the green light to walk and do all that appertains….I was rearing to go!
While searching for places to go hiking, I stumbled upon @lets_drift; a group of drifters (yeah, we don’t call them hikers any more) with a love for the adrenaline. Strangers that would soon become family.
I can see your eyes wide in shock. I have two words for you, pain meds.
The drive to Njabini was a bit awkward. I was the newbie in the group. I sat quietly and spoke only when spoken to. I take time to warm up to people. I felt a bit out of place. I had not checked the weather neither had I asked the important questions. My excitement to go out had gotten the better of me.
After four hours of the dreamy lake, dusty paths, and rocky terrain, we finally settled down at a small waterfall. A breath of fresh air and toes dipped in the water was a welcome relief. We had a small picnic by the waterfalls, getting to know the drifters and munching on our packed lunch before embarking on our way back. I quickly realized am not really introverted. I love being alone, indoors by myself, but I seemingly enjoyed being out here making friends. There’s an English word for it…I forget.
The scenery from Njabini is without a doubt Instagram worthy. The sun was just right, the green backdrop was perfect, and the rocky ground provided magazine like background for amazing photos. You will soon learn that I love to be in front of a camera. Ambivert- The English word for introverts who are also extroverts.
You should plan to visit Njabini, and when you do here is a quick checklist of what and how:
- County – Nyandarua
- Distance from Nairobi – Approx 150kms
- Public transport available for about KES 600 to and from Nairobi.
- The weather is cool therefore layer-up- You may need to strip off during the hike.
- Good hiking shoes with a good grip.
- Carry light snacks for a picnic and plenty of water to hydrate
- Sasumwa Dam constructed in the early 60s as a catchment area to collect water from the Aberdares.
- Forest and other vegetation
- Plan a trip with @lets_drift; they’re the best, the adventurous spirit, humor, warmth, friendship, and photography