Here is the signboard at the entrance explaining what exactly an arboretum is.
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Actually up until a few years ago, word has it that this area of lush green jungle nestled between Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) and Bukit Damansara, was earmarked for a high-end property development. There were roads and drainage already in place but the project was shelved after vehement protests from the residents of TTDI, and the area has been converted to an arboretum where many walkers, joggers and mountain-bikers gather for their exercise.
At 7.45am, began at a leisurely pace due to my right knee that went clickety-click as I alighted from the car. It's a slight uphill gradient all the way to the crossroads.
A biking trail begins here about quarterway up.
8.07am reached the cross roads. I took the road down on the left-hand side.
An easy walk downhill ..... at first
This is a stream of clear water that originates from a spring further up the hill. It flows down into the TTDI recreational park below.
The walk goes uphill after the stream
A biking trail emerges here.
There's another one further up.
The marching mak-sallehs - there were 4 of them last week yakking away as they marched energetically uphill.
A pipe siphoning off some spring water
8.35am: Back at the cross-roads. Did some leg stretches.
8.40 am Turned back and walked in the opposite direction down the same route, turning it up a notch.
9.05am: Made it back again. Some more leg stretches.
9.15 am: Walked down the dead-end road with the princess.
Returned to the cross-roads at 9.35am.
Proceeded back to the entrance. On the way the princess recorded the gentle qigong? gait of an elderly gentleman - same-side arm same-side leg. Watch below.
(Apologies for the poor quality - ahemm .....is deliberate to protect the innocent.)
9.50 The girls and their father were already waiting for me at the rendezvous point.
Hearty sandwiches for breakfast after!