Today we started off on an orientation tour of the Gazi Bay mangroves, aptly named the "Mangrove Marathon." What started as a leisurely stroll through open mangroves ended up as a tough slog through
knee-deep mud climbing over and under mangrove branches and roots. Whilst it was hard going, we all agreed on how amazing the ecosystem was. After cleaning up and tending to a few cuts and scrapes, we went to the Gazi Women's Mangrove Boardwalk, which is a community-run conservation and education project. It is run by the women of Gazi as an alternate source of income. The women provided us a delicious lunch and took us on a tour of the boardwalk. After we were rested and refreshed, the mangrove marathon continued where we met local fishermen and saw the effects of erosion on the mangroves. After a well deserved shower, we met up with Hmissi Kirauni, a Gazi village local who took us on a tour of the village and very generously showed us through his own home. Everywhere we went we were greeted by children calling “jambo” (hello). Gazi village is extremely beautiful and full of the most happy and friendly people. Mama Nico (our own personal chef) cooked up a delicious biryani for dinner, which was followed by a talk from Hmissi about life in the village. He shared stories about his life as a fisherman, working for KMFRI (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), and how he met and married his beautiful wife Popo. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic day.
Hey Lisa ! Glad to see you made it safe and sound and enjoying day 1 of your expedition. Have a fabulous time and I look forward to hearing more about your mangrove marathon (lucky you've been in training!)
Elise | Posted Wed 04 Aug 2010 3:39PM
So glad to know that you and the team are actually making a difference to the environment and, in many ways, are making the world a better place. We are pleased to know that you are interacting so positively with the local people and learning about such a different and diverse culture.
Helen Norton | Posted Wed 04 Aug 2010 3:40PM
What an interesting adventure this is! It's great to be able to read your blogs and follow the group's progress. Keep up the good work. We look forward to viewing many photos, as well.
Judith deFontenay | Posted Thu 05 Aug 2010 7:24AM
Big hello to you Lisa! Loved reading your post. Enjoy every minute of this wonderful learning opportunity. You and Rowan (and your team) are in our thoughts and we send you our best wishes.
Anthea | Posted Thu 05 Aug 2010 7:25AM
G'day Lisa. The work and the effort that your team is undertaking is to be applauded. It sounds tough going, especially with the rain and then the humidity! We look forward to the daily blogs, keeping in touch with your work and trying to understand the impact that your work will have on the communities and the environment for future generations.
Helen Norton | Posted Mon 09 Aug 2010 7:34AM
Hi Lisa, Glad that the trip is going well and that you are getting a lot out of it. Take care.