…that is Mike and I…we couldn’t be anymore different.
It’s a wonder how we ever got together in the first place, but that’s a whole other story! Suffice to say, I was pushing 30, living in a rural village in Tanzania, and along came Mike! 😉
Mike loves anything to do with sport…the more extreme, the better. He’s not happy with just running, he needs to do an ironman. He can’t just ski on normal skis, he has to telemark ski on the most dangerous, remote mountain tops in the world. And what’s the point in biking unless you are on a mountain bike, navigating a sheer cliff drop, and are lost in the middle of nowhere?! He lives life on the edge, always ready for the next adventure, which is why, in part, we are living in Kijabe. His five sisters will testify to the fact that he’s not the easiest to live with and loses his keys / glasses / wallet, at least five times a day, and generally leaves a trail of destruction behind him in each room that he enters.
I, on the other hand, am quite happy sitting by the fire with a book, love living in a city, am a neat-freak, and compulsively organized. You can see why we are so well suited!
Despite the extremes, both have tempered each other and the balance is still working well after almost 11 years of marriage!
My “Chalk” turned 50 this past week. We share the same birthday (let it be known that I am much younger than Mike!), which means that each year generally finds us looking at one another, wondering who is going to make a cake, who should organize the celebration, and so on. It took us a long time this year to decide upon something we would both enjoy and this is how the day went…
Kenya is extraordinarily beautiful. We live on the edge of the Great Rift Valley where we can look out and see the towering Mount Longonot. Longonot is a dormant volcano estimated to have last erupted in the mid 1800s, and stands at 2780m above sea level. Its circular caldera is over a kilometer in diameter, and it is home to many wild animals.
We dropped the kids off at school, safe in the knowledge that our friends, The Steere’s, would take great care of them over the weekend. Mardi is a pediatrician and is one of the very few people I would trust on this earth to manage Michael’s diabetes…as well as being one of my very best friends (she is Australian, and also married a guy from Michigan)! We reached the bottom of Longonot early in the morning and started our hike. Giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo waved us off – It took us an hour to get to the top, and then another three hours to circumvent the rim, plus another hour down. It was absolutely incredible! The hike was strenuous, and don’t tell Mike, but I loved every minute of it!!
…not a bad compromise at all…
Plus! My 50-year old husband held up quite well!!