Proper Walk 2002
We had walked the Suguta Valley, supposedly one of the most desolate, hottest and most inhospitable parts of Kenya. We had gone a linear distance of over 100 miles, but with our doubling around, back-tracking and switchbacks, we had probably walked 150 miles. We will never really know that number, it doesn’t matter. It was hot, dangerous and exhausting. It was beautiful, surprising and harsh. It was rugged and peaceful, boring and exhilarating, it was… well I guess you had to be there.-Paul Baxter – Proper Walk 2002
My name is Michael Farley, the founder of the Proper Walks that raise money to help the AIDS orphans of Makindu, Kenya. Proper Walk 2002 was the first “adventure for a cause.” Jasper Evans, patriarch of Ol Maisor the ranch that supplies the walk’s camels, accompanied us on this grueling hike. Jasper was 78 years old and amazed all with his ability to deal with the harsh conditions of the Suguta Valley.
The difficulty of this first hike left many people wondering if this would also be the last, but armed with the knowledge from Proper Walk 2002 we have continued these “adventures for a cause.” Paul Baxter’s journal captures the beauty, the exhaustion, and the exhilaration of Proper Walk 2002.
2002 Intrepid Walkers:
Michael Farley – Louisa, Virginia
LeeAnn Farley – Louisa, Virginia
Paul Baxter – Corvallis, Oregon
Winnie Barron – Brownsville, Oregon
Jasper Evans – Ol Maisor, Kenya
Dave Brooks – Richmond, Virginia
Steve Clark – Richmond, Virginia
Jeff James – Harrisonburg, Virginia