I’ve eaten lots of lunches on the road. But I had never eaten lunch on the road overlooking whitewater rapids on the Nile with baboons for company … until yesterday.
It started out nicely enough. A beautiful view, and one large primate sitting in the shade some distance down the road.
As soon as our food was opened, though, the monkeys began to emerge from among the trees, and we found ourselves eating our sandwiches with a pack of hungry baboons prowling increasingly close.
This mama baboon stayed safely with her little one on the other side of the road, but other babies scampered across to our side of the road, coming up right beside the van.
Some smaller monkeys also came to hang out in nearby trees:
When a particularly large baboon came up to one of the van’s windows to try his hand at climbing into our vehicle, we decided it was time to evacuate.
I know I keep using this word to describe the sights here, but the countryside along the road was so beautiful! We drove through flat grasslands, where I could see rain turning the air grey and dense in the distance, and through mountains–great, irregular furrows in the earth that make the Appalachians seem tame and orderly.
We’re now in Arua for the week, where there will be some training sessions for Community Health Empowerment. Please keep these sessions in prayer!