Sunday, 27 July 2008

21st July 08

Date: 21st July 08
Location: Betty’s Bay, South Africa
Weather: Clear blue skies, really really windy, 25°c
Status: Much better now, loving the Southern Africa experience

Bre woke me early and reminded me that we’d decided late last night to climb the steep mountain behind the backpackers and at 7am she very kindly dragged me from my warm pit, wrapped me up in my climbing gear, filled the water bottle and pushed me through the house to the back garden.

What an awesome sight….pink and orange rocky escarpments towered in front of us with the early morning sunrise tickling the outcrops offering us a stunning location for the next hour or so’s activity!

We made our way up the lower slopes with no problem with the heavy bush and rocks offering an easy climb, as these disappeared the slope became steeper and steeper until we were scrabbling between rocky outposts. Once we’d climbed around 85% of the way to the top we decided the pull of breakfast down below was too much and that the remainder of the climb would be too steep so we turned and headed back down. A good early morning activity!

Breakfast out of the way Bre, Alex and I took the Colonel east into Hermanus, the base for the whale watching and shark dives in the area and investigated the possibilities for the next day.

Once we’d spent a few hours watching Southern Right Whales playing in the bay below the view point we checked into Hermanus Backpackers, booked our shark dive for tomorrow and caught up with some important shopping….especially some joke eyes for the buffalo skull which adorns my roof rack!

Headed along the coast for a walk and then had a gorgeous meal out with Bre, bed in preparation for the BIG day ahead tomorrow which commences at 7.30am and involves a short drive to the harbour to get on our boat!

End of day location: Hermanus, South Africa
Distance covered: 50kms

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