Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Today we started the day off at a brisk 6 am. Everyone groggily rolled out of bed and had breakfast before a big adventure ahead. Following breakfast, we ran off to get coffee before the bus picked us up for a tour around Cape Town.
Our first stop of the day was a great lookout, where we got attacked by a sandstorm, but the amazing view of a double rainbow out in the ocean was so worth it. The next stop was a beautiful overlook at Hout Bay. We got a stunning view of the city and the ocean. On the way to our next stop, the Cape of Good Hope (the southernmost point of Africa), we stopped to see a troop of baboons on the side of the road. There were tiny babies along with the large alpha male, very cool. There was an incredible view of the ocean crashing onto the rocks. With the limited time, we ran up, had a quick look around, and ran back down to continue our Cape Town tour. On the way up, some of us saw a weird rodent-looking animal that we later found out was somehow related to an elephant called a Rock Hyrax? We got a few group pictures and headed out to the lighthouse at Cape Point. We didn’t spend too much time at the lighthouse, mostly because we were excited about our final and most exciting stop of the day, the PENGUINS!!! The drive was great as we drove down the side of cliffs and in manmade tunnels. We walked on a turquoise water beach with white sand to get to the penguins; they were adorable. There were hundreds of them waddling around and relaxing in the sun. Some of the younger penguins were shedding their feathers, which was cute but also pretty ugly at the same time. Overall the tour was absolutely amazing.
The drive back to the boat was close to an hour, so everyone relaxed on the way back. The rest of the day was a free day, so we all split up and did our own thing until we met back at the boat for a great spaghetti bolognese dinner prepared by Eric and Steph. We all huddled together in the cockpit with blankets for dinner, trying to stay warm and trying to comprehend how we only had about three days left together, which is a very hard thing to wrap our heads around. Day 86 was a great day filled with penguins, rainbows, hikes, and amazing scenery. Cape Town is treating us quite well.
To my fam back home, I miss you guys so much and can’t wait to see you all in a few days.
Signing out as skipper,