Vrygrond Library girls hike - July 2011.
The 7th July dawned sunny and mild, a perfect day for hiking in the Kalk Bay mountains. It was hard to believe that we were in the middle of a Cape winter holiday.
On our way up the Mule Track, we met Bongani the Shark Spotter. We thought he was
We enjoyed glorious views of False
Bay above Kalk Bay, and the mountainside full of sunshine
The girls loved having their photos taken with the fynbos plants we came across.
Some of the girls recognised plants they use at home. We learnt about the use of imphepo (Helichrysum) to treat chest complaints.
The sandstone rocks longed to be climbed ......
..... some of the girls clambered to the top, as agile as dassies.
On top of the mountain with a view in all directions.
We went up the mule track - stopped for our first drinks and snacks at the first couple of pics here - Sharon and Bev lead the group up through Spes Bona forest where each girl was dropped off for 10 minutes silence on her own, and they were then scooped up by Alice who came through last.
A solo quiet time in Spes Bona forest was a magical experience.
Waiting for everyone to catch up so we could all shout at the same time.
We bellowed at the cliffs in Echo Valley ... and they bellowed back!
Starting on the way down.
Most of the girls had never seen a mountain stream before. They were puzzled by its clear, brown colour.
It gets steeper going down.
A tired but happy band of hikers returned home with lots of stories to tell.