For as short a time as we have lived in Nyankunde we are wonderfully at home here. After Cher’s surgery and recovery, we were able to fly back from Nairobi in our Cessna Caravan on the 6th and changing planes in a pony express manner at Entebbe airport, we flew on to Bunia and then home to Nyankunde where we were greeted by our wonderful national staff with signs and flowers.
Actually, when I say, pony express manner, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. We had to unload a serious medevac patient and wait for Lary Strietzel to fly our plane over to Kajjansi for maintenance, wait for him to return by car and then load Cher and other passengers in the other Caravan before we could go.
While Cher was initially recovering we stayed with our son Josh and his wife Audra and the two grandkids. I was able to go riding with Raeleigh and take walks with Gabe and Josh along the park boundary. It is great to have adrenaline course through your body as you follow on lion and buffalo spoor.
When we got home we found all well at the house with Bob the African grey, and the dogs and frogs. Our house sitters had been visited by 4 snakes in the house while we were not there. We hate missing that fun. Hearing that they were mostly night adders, we have not been walking around in the dark so much of late. We like snakes for the most part but like to see them first and choose our encounters. We have found a few more since then but all non-poisonous, which is better. Out walking yesterday I came across some boys who had killed a very long Jameson’s Mamba, a very beautiful tree snake, able to kill you with a bite…or a fright.
Cher is crutching around. It is good to see her up again and we praise God together for that. We have felt a closeness on our return that is a joy. It is good to be back and flying again. I have had some amazing flights of natural beauty and awesome grandeur that have really put a smile on my face. I can trade bush flying for bedpans when it is time for that, but my, I do love my job!