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July 31: First post from Kenya

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 Today's blogger: Colleen Kredell

On day one of Team III Tidal Forests of Kenya, we were lucky enough to have the majority of our group happen across each other in downtown Mombasa. Together we traveled through the streets of Old Town  Laundry_time  Mombasa visiting Fort Jesus, trying Swahili coffee, and negotiating the narrow pathways of market stalls. Though our guide books made Vasco de Gama’s well out to be a somewhat magical experience; in reality, it was not much more than a graffiti-covered cave encasing a laundry well. We met up with the complete team at our rendezvous point and loaded up gear and team into our van to head across the busy Likoni ferry to the South Coast. On the way, we passed bustling street stalls and markets selling everything from phone credit to car batteries, fruit and bed frames. The views were gorgeous but sometimes marred by the smell of burning rubbish. We finally arrived at our home for the next eleven days: Gazi Village. Over dinner, we discussed our hopes and expectations for the trip:

Mombasa_market  Lisa (Alcoa Anglesea): I am hoping that this is a life changing experience which may change the way I look at life back home.

Randall (Alcoa Warrick): I hope to learn different techniques in Earthwatch’s planting system that I can migrate back to my home garden and farm. 

Aifan (Alcoa Asia Pacific – Beijing): I hope to make new friends with the people in the team and the community. 

Mike (Alcoa Howmet – Whitehall): My hope is to learn about mangroves and their carbon sequestration and how it relates to global warming. 

Rowan (Community Fellow - ): I’m hoping to make a contribution to the restoration project and add value to and learn from the local Gazi community as well.

Market_goods  Colleen (Community Fellow – Pew Center on Global Climate Change): I’m looking forward to learning more about the role of mangrove ecosystems in carbon sequestration and to meeting and learning from my Earthwatch team and the Gazi community. 

Sandra (Alcoa Fastening Systems, Carson, CA): My hope is to open my eyes a little wider to the environmental issues that we are facing and also to learn how to start to make a difference, to start changing the way we live in order to face those challenges.


5 comments

Very interesting information! I am Mike Cribbs' (Alcoa-Howmet, Whitehall, Michigan) daughter and I am so excited that my dad gets to partake in this adventure. Look forward to following your experiences! Be safe!


Mary Lowther | Posted Mon 02 Aug 2010 2:57PM

Hi.....I am Colleen Kredell's (Pew Center on Global Climate Change )dad. This young lady never ceases to make us (myself and my wife Mary) proud!To her and all of her fellow team members......enjoy yourselves,have fun with what you're doing, learn something from the experience, spread your newly acquired knowledge to whomever will listen and, because it may be a 'once in a lifetime experience,' give it 100% of your effort so years into the future you're not regretting that you didn't "give it your all"!

Good luck to you all and be safe! We love you Coll-Marie........Dad & Mom


Jim Kredell | Posted Mon 02 Aug 2010 3:56PM

So glad everything is going so well. Sounds like it's even more exciting than it looked on paper. Even the food sounds awesome. Keep us posted on the goings-on and I can't wait to talk to you after you wake up and emerge from your mosquito net, Coll. I love you, too -- just Colleen; not necessarily the rest of the group, though I'm sure if I met you...


Matt | Posted Mon 02 Aug 2010 5:32PM

Hi I am A co-worker of Mike Cribbs (Alcoa-Whitehall Michigan) we are so excited to watch Mike take on this wonderful experience and help spread the word through the blog of all the exciting things that are happening to all of you.
Take care of yourselves and enjoy your time together while you all make a difference.


Brenda Hilderbrandt | Posted Mon 02 Aug 2010 6:55PM

I am following you from Spain. I am sure you will learn and enjoy very much in Kenia. I have been in the Mountain waters of the czech republic expedition last month and it has been an unforgetable period.


Marta | Posted Mon 09 Aug 2010 7:35AM