Lake Abbe Part 2
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
The display of stars overnight is breathtaking in the desert, and I rise long before sunrise to take it all in. I feel a huge pang of longing and familiarity when I instantly spot the Southern Cross low in the sky just before dawn. Even this far North of the equator it still makes a brief appearance. I wonder for how much longer I will be able to see it.
Before the sun makes an appearance I make my way again down into the strange rock and thermal formations to fully appreciate the landscape. I wander for a couple of hours, again feeling like an explorer on another planet, so strange are all the sights before me.
Most of the hot springs are shockingly hot – very close to boiling in fact – though I do find a couple that would be perfect for a soak. In every direction I see springs bubbling and hissing from the ground, and even a few cold ones that are perfectly clear.
Reluctantly I begin the long drive back to civilization, still shocked at the world I have just visited.
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