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Good News for Dogs in Karura!

As you know, the cookies and I like to go to Karura Forest. We love to walk the many trails and also hang out with friends in the dog off-leash area. I’m very happy to report that the off-leash area in the Sigiria Block of Karura is now a bicycle zone! Don’t worry. There are plenty of other places for mountain bikers. In fact, the good people at Karura are setting up more bike trails, even some specialty ones for serious mountain bikers. There’s room for us all in Karura. And now, dogs can play safely in their area without fear of getting run over by a zooming cyclist.

The Railway Museum

We had some lovely house guests recently. We did the usual jaunts…and something new! We went to the Railway Museum. It’s a bit different from the usual tour around Karen and this is the 150th anniversary of the railway in Kenya, so it seemed like a good idea to visit. The museum is small. There isn’t a ton there, but what is there is interesting. It has artifacts, articles, and a lot of information about how hard it was to build the “lunatic express.” Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, including man-eating lions. I’m not going to delve into the history as that would be an entire book. The interior part of the museum is mostly historical, but there is one small room at the end where there is information about the modern railway. The new line from Nairobi to Mombassa is controversial as it goes through Nairobi National Park and people worried about the impact on wildlife. The exhibit on this venture really hammers in how wildlife-friendly the line is. I’m not …

Christmas at the Coast

This past Christmas was our second Kenyan Beach Christmas and it was a good one. We drove down, which was fine but we wouldn’t do it again. We did a lot of diving with Aqua Ventures, which was great. We stayed at a lovely house, which we would do again. It was really nice to have the space, not to mention the access to the beach and privacy that the house provided. We had a cook, which made things so much easier. We could get up, have breakfast made for us, go diving, and be back for lunch. Then we relaxed the rest of the day. The featured image for this post is from our private, little, shaded beach lookout point. Our cook, David, got whatever we needed (mostly fresh fish and vegetables). We did a little bit of shopping at Blue Marmalade, a local grocery store that has most of what you’d want. (We drove down with our own alcohol.) We ate in mostly but did go out for a couple meals. Christmas Dinner …