I love that song from "way back when" (Mac Davis: Stop and Smell the Roses) and it came to mind this morning as we went to the Karura Forest with our South African neighbors, Mariska and Jako and their two teenage sons. Rather than the smell of pine that we are used to in our mountain forests in Alberta, we enjoyed the heady aroma of the eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia and yet here they are in Kenya. Karura Forest is actually within Nairobi city limits. It took us about an hour to drive there. Reminded me of the many parks our daughter Heather has discovered within Chicago. So nice for city people to have places like this.
Happy New Year Everyone!
|Starting our hike in the Karura Forest. The red soil and the green foliage was beautiful.|
|Here's where I started singing "Did you ever take a walk through the forest? Stop and dream awhile among the trees."|
|Lovely little stream with very brown water|
|Elder & Sister Torrie!|
|I love these trees with their fan-shaped bottoms -- buttresses seeming to hold them up.|
|Nice to see a son hug his mother! I always appreciated the hugs our sons gave me through the years and still give me.|
|This waterfall reminded us of Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, only on a much smaller scale.|
|Last look at this lovely brown stream cascading over rocks on its way downhill.|