With my brother visiting, we ventured out beyond our safety zone. There are many one-day trips we can make beyond the city, yet we enjoy our backyard so much it’s hard to get us away.
Lake Tana in Northwestern Ethiopia, collects water from that area of the country and the Blue Nile drains it into the Nile (White Nile). It is one of the two major tributaries of the Nile. About an hour and a half drive from Addis, a section of it runs through a gorge, aptly called the Blue Nile Gorge. My brother and I drove there and took a mess of pics along the way. Below are a few.
It was amazing to see so many people walking along the roads so far away from the city. Walking sticks and something on their backs, was the norm. Many times we saw a small herd of animals, cattle & sheep, which had a lone individual watching them. Most of the time it was young kids. Male and female.
One day, Terese joined us for a trip to one of the nearby craters. We did not have time to actually get to the site before we had to be back at the city before sundown. But the drive was incredible. I never realized how beautiful Ethiopia was.
On a Friday afternoon, several people from the Embassy decided to go to the top of Entoto mountain to watch the sunset. My brother has two passions among many, sunrise and sunset. We went with them and again, the beauty was priceless. Addis is about 8000 feet. The top of the mountain was 10,375. It was a bit windy on top as you would imagine. The pictures below are from the sunset side.