Kenya #4: Hell’s Gate, Karura Forest, cousin Noelle

We got to go to a national park called “Hell’s Gate” which was really cool. We went on a gorgeous hike to some hot springs and saw all kinds of animals. Then, back in Nairobi we went on another gorgeous hike in the Karura forest, which is right next to the Minor’s house. The Karuna forest was a hideout for the Mau Mau during the rebellion against the British, and for years after was a proverbial “den of thieves.” Wes told us that when he was in high school it was like Sherwood forest, nobody dared to go into it. At one point it was slated to be destroyed and built over, but eventually (with the help/advocacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai) it was made into a national park. It is beautiful, and amazing considering it’s right in the middle of a huge city. Lots of trails and cool caves to explore.

I love how they drink water

Unfortunately, I am acutely aware of Baboons.

such a cool nub of a mountain.

Tomb Raider was filmed here!

collecting mud.

Making a mud pie.

lime green, avocado green, forest green, mustard yellow

Floating crocs.

We made it!

Off we go, with Sean leading us, map in hand. I was so impressed with his map reading skills!

pink petals


family photo

These caves were used as a Mau Mau hideout during the revolt against the British.

They're spelling out "Hi"... Obviously.

another cute family photo

Gabe is a great butterfly catcher


My cousin! -3rd cousins? 4th cousins? I don't know what you call it. My dad and Noelle's mom were first cousins... both Kopps. Noelle was there for a month working at an orphanage as a music teacher. It was so great to get to spend some time with Noelle!

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3 Responses to Kenya #4: Hell’s Gate, Karura Forest, cousin Noelle

  1. Gorgeous! Stunning! Stupendous colors! Love Gabe’s cape!

  2. yael says:

    Sean’s hair = Farrah Fawcett

  3. Kay says:

    What great pictures!

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