We were excited to visit this rainforest, known as Kakamega Forest.
Actually, my husband was excited to visit Kakamega Forest, I was a little less excited. That’s because I knew that visiting a rainforest would involve hiking, humidity, and mosquitoes (three of my least favorite things).
But in the spirit of compromise, I went to Kakamega Forest with my husband. He is on a bird-watching kick, and had a grand time finding rare species of birds that only live in Kakamega. I swatted mosquitoes and pretended that I could see the birds hidden in the lush foliage. I also complained a little.
In typical travel fashion, things didn’t go according to plan.
I complained a little too much and the guide decided to take us on a short cut, which ended up being longer than the original trail. Luckily, we made it back to our vehicle minutes before the rain started.
Then, the rain was so heavy that we had to cut our tour short because the road had turned into a river. (I mean, it’s a rainforest, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.)
The rain also knocked over a tree on the only road out of Kakemega, stranding us until someone who wisely kept a machete in their trunk could cut apart the tree and remove it from the road.
Let me tell you, it was a long day. Luckily, I had brought plenty of snacks, which kept me placated. And now I feel like my husband owes me a favor. I think I will ask him to serve me cake while I sit on the couch enjoying the dry, mosquito-free air.