View on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania last February.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ready for our Mt. Meru trek!

By the time most of you read this, we will be well on our way through the first day of our 4 day, 3 night trek up Africa's 5th highest and Tanzania's 2nd highest mountain, Mt. Meru.

Our guide and our chef were over at the apartment on Sunday going over some things with us. They are very detailed, and want to make sure you are prepared. I get the impression that they have come across people who have definitely not been prepared.

Our guide is Mudy (pronounced Moody), and our chef is Bazil. One of our porters Abdallah who was with us on our walk the other day was also there, as was our friend Justin who works at Rwalinda Tours.

They are all very concerned about our well being.

A map of Arusha National Park and Mt. Meru.

Our cook Bazil on the left, with Ruth and our guide Mudy.

Going through our gear.

These are the bags the porters will carry... on their heads!

We each have a small day pack where we have to carry 3 quarts of drinking water, snacks, camera, and whatever clothing we might need for the day. The rest of our gear is carried by the porters. Mt. Meru has hut accommodation along the way, so we will not be sleeping in tents.

You will not see another blog post here until sometime Thursday!

However, apparently there is some spotty cell coverage on the mountain, so if we can get on to give you an update at all, it will be through our MeWe page at https://mewe.com/p/travelwithkevinandruth

Oh... I almost forgot. We walked to town for lunch as well. We went back to the Indian restaurant called The Five Chutney's. Really good vegetarian food, and really nice people who run the place...

Ruth, surprised by her big lunch.

Mine was big too.

And delicious!

So... we are off. Wish us luck... it's going to be tough, but we are confident!

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18 comments:

  1. Good luck you 2! It is comforting to know that they put safety first! Take care,Rawn

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    1. Thank you very much!

      Yes, they put lots of thought into the hike to make sure you are safe and stay healthy while on the hike.

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  2. Enjoy, praying everything will go well.

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    1. Thank you Helen, I have a feeling this is going to one of our toughest hikes!

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  3. Have a great time, can't wait for the next report

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    1. Thank you very much! Our first two blog posts of our hike are up on the blog now. :-)

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  4. Best of luck for this adventure! Hope to hear from you soon!

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    1. Thank you very much that means a lot to us!

      The first to posts of our hike have now been posted and hopefully the next one will be up later today. We hope that you will enjoy them. :-)

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  5. I know you guys can do this but wishing you health and luck along the way. Looking forward to your posts on this adventure!

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    1. Thank you for the confidence that you have in us, I think we are going to need for this hike.

      We have the first two days of our hike posted to the blog now. We hope that you will enjoy them.

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  6. Good to see great care and thought into the preparations. Praying for a unique, interesting and memorable trek to Mt. Meru and a safe return for you and your tour group. Looking forward to the next blog!

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    1. They really do make sure that you are well prepared for this hike with all the right equipment and also so that you know what you should expect while you are on the hike. It certainly isn't a stroll in the park!

      It will definitely be a unique and interesting experience and one we won't forget.

      Kevin has already posted about our first two days on the trail to the blog and the third one should be up later today.

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  7. Wishing you the best on accomplishing another of your dreams.
    We'll watch for pictures to come later.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thank you very much we are going to need every once of luck we can get for this hike.

      Kevin has already posted about our first two days on the trail to the blog and the third one should be up later today. We think you will enjoy the pictures! :-)

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  8. Looking forward to reading about your trek!

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    1. Kevin has already posted about our first two days on the trail to the blog and the third one should be up later today. We think you are going to enjoy the posts and the pictures. :-)

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  9. Can't wait until your next post! Also curious about what was inside those delicious looking (turnovers??) -- not even sure what to call them!

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    1. The first two days on the trail have been posted to the blog and the third one should be up later today. We hope that you will enjoy them.

      My dish was called Masala Dosa and the filling is a sort of paste of boiled potatoes, fried onions with a variety spices such as of mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, coconut, coriander, lemon juice, curry leaves, green chillies and turmeric. Kevin's was similar, his was called Maisur Dosa and the filling in his was a paste made of spicy chutney made with red chillies, onion and garlic. The wrap part was made with rice and lentils that have soaked overnight and then ground into a batter and then cooked like a crepe. We were very good! :-)

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