April 1, 2002 - Part 3

The Lake: The lake looks like the ocean, but the smells are all wrong.
I go for a quick swim every morning to wake up, and then it is a bit
cold, but nothing like the Pacific. During the day it is a perfect
temperature. I went snorkeling the other day for two hours and never
felt chilled. I spent two hours swimming around the rocks looking at
all the bright colored fish! None of them are very big. Erin and Dad
you might actually like it, I think... The biggest is less than a foot
long, but you always have to watch out for crocodiles, but you try not
to think about it that much. The fish feed on the rocks, eating the
algea so you can always see many of them around the shore. I am
surprised how much I like snorkeling, and it's great I can do it so long
and just drink the water when I get thirsty.

Patrick says this water is so clean you could sell it. There really is nothing
here to contaminate it. There is a cholera problem in Malawi, but it can't
affect our water so far away. There are strict rules about washing on
this side of the lake, and by all means don't pee in it. After all, this
is our tap water! It tastes just about as good as Swiss water, but there
is something about fresh cold glacier water. It's just hard to match
those standards, but it sure is better than the Tallinn tap.

There are a lot of animals that wander the bush. There is a rare kind
of mountain zebra that we went tracking for a week ago, but the tracks were
a week old and we never caught sight of it. I have also seen leopard
and crocodile tracks, which is a little scary, but they tend to stay away
from the lodge. However, the monkeys fill the treetops and are always
an amusing sight. There are many types of lizards. The monitor lizard
is exceptionally noisy when digging for insects, and is always easy to
spot. There are supposedly many snakes, but I have only seen a small
harmless brown one slither by the kitchen in pursuit of a little lizard.
We have plenty of rats that invade the food store room, many of which do
as their last dying wish, since Douglas continually slaughters them in
the morning with a large tree branch. Sadly, this is a typical morning’s
entertainment, even little Patrick watches and points at the doomed
rats.

No, there are no jaguars here. I don't think you find them in
this area. We do have elephants further inland, and giraffes, which I
would love to see.

(To be continued.)

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