On November 16th I leave the UK to trek 100km across the Costa Rican jungle for the Alzheimer’s Society.
My Nana, who gave me my crazy thirst for plants, gardening and being outdoors, sadly died a few years ago. Without her getting me hooked on plants, I wouldn’t be where I am today. We used to spend a huge amount of time together, we were almost joined at the hip, especially going to the WI market together to sell our plants, a fact I always kept a secret from my friends!
I’ve been thinking about the best tribute to her, and think a 12-day trek through the rainforest in Costa Rica would be perfect. I’ll hopefully get to see loads of unusual plants, which my Nana and I used to drool over in her gardening books! I never imagined I’d get to see those plants for real.
I’ve chosen to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, as my Nana sadly contracted this in the years before she died, so I’d like to give something back. I am funding the trip myself, which means that 100% of the money I raise will be going to the charity.
We start and end our 12-day trek in San Jose, going to the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and through villages, farming communities and palm oil plantations along the way. According to the itinerary, agile spider monkeys will mock us as we clamber over and under enormous tree roots. We’ll visit Volcan Irazu, Costa Rica’s highest active volcano. If it’s a clear day, we’ll be able to see both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts! There’ll be streams to cross, a day of rafting including white-water rapids followed by a break at a waterfall. Not forgetting, of course, the myriad of flora and fauna to delight in. The trek ends on the white sands of the Caribbean coast.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please visit my JustGiving™ page: www.justgiving.com/gardeninggreek.
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