Ok not sure how to start this one. Things have changed for the better and worse. When something seems to good to be true it usually is, and unfortunately we did not safari with our danish friends. Car issues and he was hired for a money making safari which pooched ours. He and his wife still drove us 4 hours up the coast to Watamu. Really too bad since he has an amazing knowledge of Africa and its plants and animals. Long story short, we are at our new home.
Really not sure how to describe this place. Built by a glass artist, it rises to about 30 meters off the ground with what is the most open concept known to man. No windows no screens because we sleep about 10 meters above the tree line were the breeze doesn't seem to drop below 15 knots. We sleep under the stars above african trees. Only hard part is keeping the blankets on the bed and the clothes from flying away. If you don't like the wind you would hate this place. Included in our stay is a full time cook, maid and this other dude not sure what he does. Yes we tip them, its recommended about 1dollar a day but having a hard time dealing with 3 people catering to our ever needs.
Walked the beach briefly tonight before diner and met a D.O.B (dear old boy as Andy and I call them) he has lived in Africa all his life and has settled here. At 87 his stories and knowledge of this place wowed me and I hope we will see him again soon. We talked of dangers in the sea while kiting and was told really not much to worry about except a few jelly fish and the odd black fin shark that are small and very afraid of people. However he did mention that the snake population is not that shabby here. Apparently a jack Russell was taken by a python just a week ago, he kinda laughed and said they were pretty wacko dogs anyway.
Spent our first day walking the beach and checking out new home town for the next 10 days, a quick lunch and off for our first kite in Watamu. Low tide crazy flat water with the reef about 2 k off shore. Wind comes in at about 1 o'clock somewhere between 15 and 20 knots - easy to keep an eye on it as our place has a view of the water and reefs. Crazy good 3 hour Stella session today, with a 1 day break from kiting seemed to replenish our energy.
Second day visit to local snake park for info and warnings about the local serpents, informative and fun. Afternoon brought one of the best sessions I have ever had. We were all alone 2k off shore pretending we were in the king of the air contest perfect waves far apart ready to hit on port tack. Had to be carful not to crash as the reef was less than 2 feet under our boards. Perfect wind - Ace was juiced on the 8 as I straight-armed the 10. A day to remember.