Rained for three days on most of way from Mombasa. Rainy season usually begins in March in this part of B.E.A. Feb 10. Left Nairobi for Port Florence at noon. Rainy until after dark. Never saw rain so early in the season in the last fourteen years, though only about a month earlier than usual. Railroad runs through beautiful mountain scenery, patches of forest with open grassy prairies, filled-up lake basins. Views of large main valley, very broad, fine in its main lines. Tawny in color from dry grass. Juniper common. Used for lumber, but splits too freely for some purposes, and as usual all the older trees are eaten with dry rot in the center. This is true of all the many species of juniper. Grand views of the great valley. Was kindly given a blanket and pillow by Mr. Rees, the night being very cold, although almost directly on the equator. The elevation at the highest point on the railroad passed over during the night was about 8000 feet above sea level. Feb. 11. Arrived at Port Florence about 7:00 A.M. Went aboard the good little steamer Clement Hill and started for Antebbe at 10:00 A.M. Wonderful picturesque scenery. Low, green, half-forested
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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