Cape Point Hike

17 Sep

Cape Point hikers

On a glorious Sunday morning we took a hike with some good folks on Cape Point. Cape Point encompasses the Cape of Good Hope.

Protea

The tip of the peninsula is sandy soil supporting a kind of native vegetation called “fynbos” or fine bush.

Protea in fynbos

Hiking with this group of people is really special. People are gracious, soft-spoken and great appreciators of the natural world. A list of 65 flowers was handed out at the beginning of the hike to identify as we walked along. For the most part the blooms are very small and delicate. If you don’t keep an eye out you will miss them.

Tiny wild orchid

The temperature was about 80 degrees with a soft wind. Our path sometimes wove close to the cliffs along False Bay.

Sea cliff down to False Bay

There was a good size group of us so small clusters of hikers strung out along the trail. Even so, I could hear Dana at the back of the line telling people about our adventure and our life in New Mexico. People are interested in the concept of a year spent traveling and many express a desire to do the same.

We always stop for “tea” on some outcropping that offers seating on the rocks. Someone on this hike opened a bright blue parasol that made a beautiful contrast to the rugged background. Another hiker with a good eye pointed out two eland antelope in the distance and we also saw whales spouting off the coast.

We took short breaks on the hike that lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and covered about 7 km.

One of the great things about these hikes is getting to meet South Africans. They are proud of their culture and generous in sharing it.

Note: Jayne McDermitt who we met on our previous hikes gave us this mention in the group’s newsletter:

” How about mentioning the blog of the Americans I told you about? They have wonderful reports on local visits including Postberg, makes me realize what a super place we live in seeing it through visitors eyes.”

Thank you Jayne.

4 Responses to “Cape Point Hike”

  1. Jayne McD September 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Thanks Jill, I am usually on the Cape Point hike but could not make it last Sunday. Glad you enjoyed it and hope your future travels are as interesting. We will follow you till you get back to Santa Fe.

    • Jill September 21, 2012 at 5:03 am #

      Glad to have you with us on the trip. J

  2. Nancy Lehrhaupt September 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    looks like so much fun!!!
    I didn’t realize that south Africa was such a beautiful nature environment. When do you go to Austraila?

    • Jill September 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

      It was great. We have 11 days left to go then we are going down under to visit the Aussies.

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