Harkerville, day 1: reaching the coast
Harkerville, day 2: scenic rock scrambling
African penguins taking a leisurely stroll
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.