The wide grassy plain on which Camp 4 was located
in is a beautiful and wild place. There is nothing to betray human
existence out there. No houses, cars or people except us. Everywhere
you look is scenery of stark volcanic beauty. The most spectacular
thing out there is, of course, the magnificent stratovolcano, Oldoinyo
Lengai with it's snow white beard. Almost as high but not quite as
beautiful are other volcanic neighbors and everywhere you look there are
cinder cones. Shapes of the cinder cones range from round and symmetrical
to elongated to structures looking like amphitheaters.
Camp 4 at dawn.Jan and me at breakfast.
Compliments of the Baslers
View from Camp 4 near dawn.
Camp 4 and surrounding country from the top of the cinder cone.
More cinder cones in the foreground and background.
Beautiful volcanic scenery south of Mt. Lengai.
Viewed from the top of the cinder cone.
Looking southwest toward Mt Lengai
About midmorning we gathered at the
picket line, got on our horses and started to ride north. The ride
today would be over very scenic and open country. The plan was to
ride about five miles (as the crow flys) and have lunch. After lunch
we were supposed to ride another five or eight miles to a high, scenic
point above the south shore of Lake Natron. That was the plan anyway,
but evidently Great Lengai had other ideas us mortals weren't aware of.
We begin our ride to Lake Natron.
Weather was beautifully clear but windy.
Above three pictures compliments of the Baslers
The wind was blowing briskly at about 20 knots.
The wind was most welcome here because we were now down to 2,000 feet above
sea level - the lowest we've been since starting this trip and it would
have been quite hot out there without the wind. The scenery was beautiful,
the horses were fresh and so were their riders.
We rode until lunchtime when we came across
the Bedford wallowing in some black volcanic sand. The sand didn't
look all that deep, but the big truck seemed to be having a very hard time.
I don't think they yet realized that the truck had a problem with
the rear wheel drive.
Picture compliments of Dr. Kolblinger
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