Ethiopia (March 2013)

Day 1 of trek: From Botola (2500m) to Wahoro (3300m)

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We spent the night prior to the trek in Dodola, a dusty unattractive town built along the road connecting Shashemene to Robe.

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Alene eating a hefty breakfast in Dodola. This dish, which mixes scrambled eggs, avocado, lentils, and onions, is strangely called a ′special foul′.

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At the start of the trek in Botola, 10km south of Dodola.

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This first day was mostly an ascent day. We successively traversed wood land, a treeless plateau, and finally, near Wahoro, a denser forest.

 

People and scenery encountered during the first part of the day.

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View over the plain on the northern side of the Bale Mountains. Dodola lies just below in this plain.

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As we gained elevation, we reached a plateau covered by everlasting flowers (called Helichrysum Splendidum).

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Closer to Wahoro the wind-protected terrain became forested again...

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...with numerous Colobus monkeys.

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Beehive in a tree near Wahoro.

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Girl in Wahoro.

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Boy collecting baby stinging nettle leaves. The vitamin-rich leaves are then boiled to produce a dip for local bread.

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View from Wahoro toward the east. On Day 2 of the trek we will first head south (right on this picture), then east. We will pass on the right side of the small peak visible in this photo. This peak is the first of a sequence of three called the ′three brothers′.

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