Birthdays are supposed to be times of celebration, right? But not so much for me. 2018 has been quite the year. Some of the most savage and some of the most amazing things have happened to me all in the same year. I’m yet to recover from some of the nasty experiences while simultaneously celebrating the good ones, so I’m in a mixed feelings type of space. Was listening to a certain preacher who said “…when every birthday is just a reminder of all the things you haven’t accomplished yet…” and I felt that. Yet looking back at the year I’ve achieved many things I’ve never imagined doing…
Mount Kilimambogo. I see it every day from my bedroom window. We have an epic view from our estate gate as well. I had been fascinated by it for a long time since we moved here. It had been my intention to go there this year- first by April, then by August. Finally got to do it in October.
This year I’ve been making deliberate efforts to travel more as opposed to waiting for trips to be announced. From the day I found out by looking at Google Maps that there are several places near home that I can visit, I realized I have no excuse to not travel. I began by going to Chania Falls in March, and Fourteen Falls in September.
Travel, just like birding, is addictive. Once you love it you’ll never go back. And so after realising that I hadn’t taken a trip the whole of August, I resolved to do so in September. That’s how I ended up going for my first Nature Kenya Youth Committee trip to Kinangop Highlands.
I can’t believe I’ve been to Magadi twice this year. The place is so fascinating to me. It’s wild and looks like somewhere on another planet. I don’t know how animals and plants thrive there. My first experience in January involved the drama of walking barefoot through muddy pools and on sharp pebbles. The second visit in July had drama also, but of a different kind.
Nairobi is quite the interesting city. From the only national park within a capital city to interesting urbanscapes, there’s so much to see. My preference is for nature but I don’t mind exploring other sights that Nairobi has to offer. So when I came across the Nai Ni Who poster, I was excited to see which tours I could attend.
Before this year, it had been long since I visited the Giraffe Centre in Karen, Nairobi. Too long- almost 20 years actually. So when it was announced during a bird walk in June that we’d be going there, I was elated. One thing about Nairobi is that there’s so much to see. But sadly most residents don’t explore these places. In this post I give you a chance to virtually experience the Centre.
As I mentioned in my previous post, this year I was determined to attend all the waterfowl census to be held in & around Nairobi in July. Especially those which I missed in January, like the one at Nairobi National Park. I have been to the Park several times before, but to see the mammals. This would be a different experience no doubt.
Unlike last year July when I was held up with work, this year I had free time. I was determined to go for all the Waterfowl Census exercises in/ around Nairobi. Also, this year’s July census was actually going to happen unlike last year which flopped. And so on the appointed day to visit Manguo Swamp, I arrived at the Museum early. It was a chilly day yet we were going to Limuru, which is always colder than Nairobi. Would we make it?
In January this year I’d really wanted to go for the Waterfowl Census at Lake Ol Bolosat, Nyahururu. I had even been selected. But I let the chance go because I was swamped with assignments for an interview. I felt bad missing the trip but I was tired of being broke- hopefully I would finally get a good writing job. And I did. Not the one I was being interviewed for, but another one ( https://www.zedamagazine.com/author/michelle-ajema/). I was determined to go for the July census despite the cold. Read on to find out how it went…