This is my longest post so far and includes lots of pictures so please accept my apologies for the longer download time.
So, What did you do on Saturday morning?
My day started rather early, I got a phone call at about 9pm on Friday evening from my son James. "Hi dad Colleen and I are going for a 12km hike in the Koeberg nature reserve tomorrow. Would you like to join us?" Well of course! An opportunity to spend time with my children is always welcome. "Meet us at the corner at 6.45am and we'll go from there."
Now James and Colleen are going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro at the end of June with a small group of people from Colleen's company, a sponsored trip. So they do hikes every Saturday to train for their trip, James is fit and has done hikes for years but Colleen is relatively new to this and this is to help her get used to long walks. Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain the summit is at about 19 000 ft above sea level so oxygen at the top is very scarce. Not everyone who climbs this mountain makes it and it does have a record of fatalities so getting in shape is essential. I'm very proud of them for taking on this huge challenge.http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/kenya-photos/#/mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania_9095_600x450.jpg
As far as I know it is the largest freestanding mountain in the world. Anyway that be it as it may, Our hike was at sea level and nothing like what they are going to go through but good training all the same. I usually walk at a little over 6km per hour so I had it in my head that I would be back home by about 10am, Ha! Little did I know.
6 and a half hours later I finally got home. I will explain as we go why.
We started at 7am at the parking lot and headed into the reserve along the marked trails, a little after sun rise.
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