Last Saturday’s walking safari to Crescent Island was a great time for those who went. They were ferried by boat past hippos to the peninsula (it is a peninsula into the Rift Valley Lake Naivasha and not truly an island despite its name) where animals roam without concern for predators. The animals were placed there during the filming of “Out of Africa” and “Born Free”. Many of the African residents have never had such an experience before, coming as they do from areas where all animals have long been eradicated.
My son Ryan and his wife also learned a valuable lesson about the dangers of African traffic. On their way home the bus stopped by an accident. One person had a severe head injury and they were relieved when he started to breathe. The bus that they were on just happened to have 21 surgeons ranging from interns to experienced gray-beards. They triaged the scene and then loaded the man on the bus to take him to the nearest hospital. Ryan and Chrissy were rather shocked by the entire experience and stated they stayed out of the way while watching avidly. They got back to the conference center about three hours later than expected, but still in time to enjoy the remaining bonfire and barbecue.
Ryan and Chrissy have been very helpful. They videoed all the lectures, took lots of still pictures, took some interview video and generally helped facilitating things. They are not necessarily fans yet of African food (I couldn’t convince Ryan that my favorite roast goat was delicious!) and I suspect a hamburger will be their first meal back in Raleigh Friday night. I have really enjoyed having them here and I trust that what they have seen and heard will have a deep impact that lasts a long time. He will have weeks of work left to do the edits. We will distribute them back to the programs by messengers who will hand-carry them.
Ryan was also instrumental in doing something special that I did not suspect. He interviewed various faculty members and asked them about my impact upon them and upon PAACS. He then did a quick rough edit and showed it to everyone after the Bible Study I led on Wednesday. “Intense” was one of the words that more than a few used in referring to me – I don’t know if intense the right word to describe such a teddy bear as myself, but everyone is of course welcome to their opinion (even if wrong J). They followed it with a gift of a photo book written by the program directors. I was deeply touched.