Yesterday after spending time with Zane, we went to Entoto Mountain. It's the mountain just outside of Addis Ababa that is know for the women who carry wood down to the market at the mountain's base to sell each day.
We drove to the top, and looked out over Addis Ababa. We also saw St. Mary's Church at the top and the palace of Menelik I and his wife.
It is so beautiful in the mountain. The air is cleaner and birds are everywhere. We saw several black "eagles" (according to the guide) that strongly resembled ravens (hmmm...). The palace is made of a plaster that serves as a natural cooling system for the palace. There was a separate bedroom area and living/dining area. By separate, I mean totally different huts. They have tall ceilings and ox skin covered by a thatched roof.
So apparently, Entoto and Saluta Mountains are prime locations for Ethiopian runners to train. Mark, Tim, Rob, Justin, Laura, Nikki, Arnold, and Randall thought it would be exciting to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, have Job and David pick them up, and go running up Saluta Mountain with Ethiopian runners! Wow. They're very brave. And a little crazy. Mark and Tim were very proud that they were ahead of Ethiopian runners for approximately 20 yards (not to mention, Mark and Tim started 30 minutes before them)!