08 May 2017

Catching Up, December 2016: Hiking and GeoCaching at Arboretum

Because December is a school holiday in Kenya, we made plans to do some fun things together. On one of the days, we headed to Arboretum just outside of downtown Nairobi. The 74-acre forest has been a protected area since 1932, mostly covered by indigenous trees with a few exotic species.

As we walked the 2.5 miles from city center to Arboretum, we came upon this tribute to Wangari Maathai. We stopped and chatted about the mark she left in Kenya and around the world.

“It’s the little things citizens do that will make a difference. 
My little thing is planting trees.”
~ Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)
Environmental political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner 

We also enjoyed the pretty flowers on our walk. Once we reached the forest, we enjoyed learning about various trees. Linet and I were especially fascinated with the Bunya-Bunya pine tree which originated in Australia.

As we hiked the - sometimes challenging - trails, we successfully found four GeoCaches. Purely by coincidence, Derrick, Robai, Jeremy, and Linet each proudly found one of them.

We found these whimsical benches to be a perfect spot for our sack lunch.

We ended our day with ice cream cones at Sno Cream, the oldest ice cream parlor in Nairobi 

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