|Finally we were able to have a leisurely breakfast with just the 8 of us that went gorilla trekking yesterday. The rest of the group left in two separate vans today for their trekking adventure. It was quite a cool night. I needed a something on my head to stay warm so ended up sleeping with my head in my sleeping bag.
Eddy, one of the workers here wants to make a few dollars by doing our laundry. Yesterday I told him he could do it after our gorilla trek as I knew our clothes could be very muddy. He washed everything by hand and I am amazed how clean he manages to get everything, even our shoes! Our clothes hang on the line and lay on the grass to dry although the sky threatens rain. He assures us he will watch the weather and collect it if needed. He was busy for the rest of the day taking things off the line and hanging it back up as the rains started and stopped often during the day. It was not a good drying day so many of us hung them in the GAP bus overnight.
We taught many of our group to play crud on the pool table at the bar. We laughed and carried on enough to attract the attention of the bar staff. They watched us, curious to what we were doing. I invited one of them to play. He joined us, learned the game and did not want to stop playing. Once we had to leave he promised to teach the rest of his staff. What fun!
Dinner was served late in hopes that the gorilla Trekkers would be back to join us. Seven o'clock and we do have one of the vans back. They trekked a full two hours before spotting the gorilla family. The had encountered more wet areas and rain during the day. We were feeling pretty lucky about our trek experience yesterday. We ate without the last group with the intent on keeping their food warm. By nine they had still not come back. We began to worry a bit since the rain made the roads very treacherous. Our GAP leader, Kapillar, had tried to make numerous phone calls to find out where they were but had no luck.
Finally the group shows up at 11:15pm! They were exhausted, wet, cold, and some were near tears because the trek was so difficult for them. Five hours into the trekmwas when they finally spotted the gorillas! I can't imagine how hard that must have been especially in rainy weather!
Many of our group offered their rooms for hot showers and made hot drinks for them before they sunk into bed. I'm sure their will be some stories to tell and some sore muscles tomorrow.