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Fata Morgana
2008-01-15 12:10
Cape Town
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Harkerville, day 1: reaching the coast


Harkerville, day 2: scenic rock scrambling


Bobbejaan's Kloof


African penguins taking a leisurely stroll
I just got back from two and a half weeks in Cape Town, visiting D's family. While there, we went on some epic hikes. First was the two-day Harkerville Trail that winds through old-growth yellowwoods and stinkwoods to a rugged coast about 300km east of Cape Town. Amazing views, and when they say "strenous" on a trail in South Africa, they actually mean it. The first day was gorgeous but it rained on us the second day, which made the rock-scrambling along the coast a bit more precarious. We hiked about 14km each day, though the few k's each day along the fractalline coast felt like a lot more. We heard a lot of exotic birds, some wild boars, and the barks of baboons, but saw no signs of the elusive Cape Elephant. More pictures on Flickr.

Immediately following this, we spent a full day "kloofing" (bouldering) down a beautiful stream closer to Cape Town, a hike we also did last year. The water is stained a dark red by the fynbos (literally "fine (as in narrow) bush," the characteristic flora of the Cape Town area), and I like to call it iced Rooibos tea. It's taken me some time to get used to the idea of drinking directly out of streams -- though unsafe pretty much anywhere in the U.S. because of cows and people, you can do it quite often from streams in South Africa. My knees and ankles were pretty tired from the other hike, but my arms were most sore after this one after eight hours of rock-scrambling.

After all of this exertion, we didn't feel so guilty taking it (relatively) easy the next week. We visited people and lounged around, and went on a couple short hikes but nothing like the week before. We made our annual visit to the penguins, of course!

It's a bit hard to return from 34 C to 34 F (or thereabouts, anyway), but I'm back and catching up with classes and research.
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lila
lilamp
2008-01-15 20:19 (UTC)
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wow, gorgeous!
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2008-01-15 20:50 (UTC)
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Penguins!

Beautiful pictures. :)
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Beatrice M
paisleychick
2008-01-15 22:06 (UTC)
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looks like a great trip. We just had our AC installed today and the apt is measurably cooler.
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threadwalker
threadwalker
2008-01-15 22:06 (UTC)
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Beautiful! And cuteness with the penguins!
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Linley
linley
2008-01-15 22:42 (UTC)
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So lovely! Makes me want to get out and go hiking soon. We should make a plan.
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Liz
stellae
2008-01-16 04:05 (UTC)
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Oooh, take me too! Berry Creek Falls in Big Basin maybe? (long but supposedly soooooo pretty!)
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Darcy
darcydodo
2008-01-16 06:48 (UTC)
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Me three!
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Darcy
darcydodo
2008-01-16 06:47 (UTC)
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I ran into your aunt on Sunday; she said you'd been in Cape Town recently. :)
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Jeff
composerjk
2008-01-16 08:03 (UTC)
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Looks like a very lovely trip. Welcome back!!
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guardmisfit
guardmisfit
2008-01-16 22:59 (UTC)
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Penguins!

And... drinkable natural water?! That's awesome!
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jbm: fish
xaosenkosmos
2008-01-29 07:44 (UTC)
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picture_keywordfish
The penguins picture has me sitting here, slightly tipsy, going "waddlewaddlewaddlewaddle" over and over. It's such an amusing mental image, penguins walking on the beach.
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