Location: VandA Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
As we approach the end of the trip and start reflecting on what we have seen, done, and experienced, there are few words to describe the past 86 days that adequately explain what we have accomplished. Climbed a couple of mountains, crossed an ocean, and made a few friends along the way. Today started with the ever-present Jurassic Park Theme song, followed closely by Dominic the Donkey, Doctor Worm, and then because they were a particular sleepy bunch this morning, we needed to bring the thunder with Shakira’s Waka Waka, Cher’s Believe, and Toto’s Africa. As soon as everyone was moderately awake, we ate a quick breakfast and were on our merry way to summit Lion’s Head. For those of you unaware of South African hikes, Lion’s Head is a mountain that rests between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Some statistics on Lion’s Head: the peak rests 669 meters above sea level, is dated to the Ordovician era (488 million years ago) and was so named because the shape resembles a crouching lion or sphinx. When we arrived at the trailhead, we found a small cafe running out of a van, a few cars, and oodles of humans from all over the globe. The trail started on a dirt path and was a gradual increase with beautiful views of the ocean, Cape Town, and Table Mountain for about 45 minutes. Then we came upon a fork in the path, one leading to a section of the trail called “The Chain,” and another was the recommended “easier route.” So obviously, we chose the part of the trail that had ladders and staples to aid our climb. Once we reached the top, there was nothing but gorgeous views to sit and enjoy with our packed lunches. As you can see in the above pictures, we were a happy group, followed by the group yelling at Alex to get in the picture (which he did not do), and me, Cooper, and Alex. We set the group free to hike back down at their leisure and do what they wanted for the remainder of the day, which for me included getting incredibly stuck inside the engine room bilge while trying to rust bust. It was another glorious day here in Cape Town.
Also, Luna apparently walked a dog.
I’ll leave you with this newfound quote that I enjoy:
“If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree.” Jim Rohn