Start of the West Coast

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Kommetjie to Langebaan

Waking up in Kommetjie was not great. Not only was it raining and bitterly cold but my "spider bite" had gotten the best of me.  I just wanted to be wrapped in cotton in a draw and be locked away from everything.  The head aches and body pains together with the cold wet weather and the fact that we had to hang around for a chap to come fix the water pump and the seals just did it.  I had a hot bath and sat in the car while all this was going on. 

The boys woke me up and we made our way to Cape Point.  Like I already said, the weather was miserable and the visibility not the greatest. It was however a very special opportunity and Tom could enjoy it all the same.  The amount of Japanese tourist amazed us.  We took every roadway and even saw an ostrich drinking sea water out of the tidal pool.  Having done the Cape Point visit it was time to get me to a doctor. 

We took Chapman's Peak road for the scenic value and to show Tom one of the greatest attractions in the Cape. His great grandpa Oupa Hannes was part of the team who built it back in the day. Oupa was an overseer to a work team. This road seem to make Tom very nervous.  He did not even want to look down. He agreed that it was picturesque and a great achievement.

We stopped in Houtbaai for me to see a doctor around 3pm.  That was that for the rest of the afternoon.  A 20min wait became one and a half hour but at least I got to see him.  The spider bite was actually a tick bite and I had tick bite fever.  You see!  This is what you get from squatting in the grass in Transkei.  No wonder I was feeling like “death warmed up”.  Happy to know what it was and to have antibiotics in hand, we drove on the CT via Landudno. Taking photos on the run I took some of the shipwreck in Clifton. Sea point and Green Point is only a blurr.  We were upsetting some serious Capetonians in the traffic on our way to dropping  Tom off with Guillermo in Claremont (one of the Chilean couple’s son).  Matt and Eric also came to say HI.  He was to stay with his friends for the night.  A lady was waiting for us near Durbanville to let us into Henda’s house that she very kindly offered us.  So it was a quick goodbye.  Not knowing that he will stay behind in CT when we carry on.  Sad to leave CT the next day without proper goodbyes and a big hug. 

It was great to be able to sleep in a house in this kind of weather – Thanks Henda.  Your house looks lovely with the vineyard all in rich winter red. It was a very welcome break. The next morning we had to stop in Goodwood area to fit a plate to the tow bar to lift the trailer’s nose.  With that done and it looking much better than before,  we stocked up with supplies at Macro off the N7 before taking on the next leg to Langebaan. Table Mountain was hardly visible and only for a short while. So no  typical beautiful Table Mountain photos.

Yzerfontein made an impression in that the waves seemed to be rushing ashore in quick succession and without stop. The beach is lined with thousands of black mussel shells. Now blue in color. The houses seem very modern so I guess most of Yzerfontein is fairly young.  Die “yster” van Yzerfontein lies just a short way off shore.  A big rock that stands its ground against sea and wind.  Upon leaving Yzerfontein there is 3 electric windmills (for a lack of the real name) on the way to Darling.  They stand out like giants but in a good way.  Quite graceful like ballerinas they are constantly on the move.

West Coast National Park was a wonderful surprise.  What a gem!  I never knew about its existence. Going through the park is also an alternative route to Langebaan. We did not expect to see much more than great vegetation.  Pleased to report that this park should actually be called “tortoise park”.  We must have seen around 15 or more tortoises.  All more or less the same size and all right next to the road.  They come to feed on a little plant at the edge of the tar.   Because some people life in this area we found cars came speeding by.  Could not help but get super sensitive about the possibility of them running over these beauties. I went mad taking photos of every tortoise as I was feeling much better already.  Much to Carlos frustration I might add.  To him one if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.  But they all looked different in color and markings.  OK enough about the tortoises.  

The estuary is much bigger than one image.  The water is a beautiful blue green color and loads of flamingos made this there home.  They were too far off to get a clear photo.  We watched then for a bit with the Buchnells. The estuary was divided into 3 parts.  Park 1 being the mouth in Langebaan where watersport etc was allowed.  The 2nd part, the middle, was for the sail boats and the last part was only open in September every year to the public to view the flowers.  Nice place! 

Oh, I forgot to mention.  Die dekgras groei letterlik hier soos bossies! (thatch read grows in abundance in the park)  At the moment they  color large areas into a pinkish red.  One could mistake it for flowers.  It is just as beautiful.  More of the short variety and less of the very tall kind.

Just as we were leaving the reserve we saw 2 ostrich eggs along the road, just lying there.  Behind a fence but still – out in the open.   The conservation officer followed us for a while.  We stopped so often for the tortoises and got out each time to take pics so I guess he thought he wanted to make sure we did not take any home with us.  Seeing that this mad chic takes photos of everything, he decided not to stop and question us.  LOL  (all just my imagination) So now we were in Langebaan. 

We had to go looking for a restaurant that Carlos ate at a long time ago.  It has fantastic seafood and was situated on the beach.  Then we booked into Leentjiesklip campsite.  WOW, by 5pm we had set up camp and had already had a cup of coffee.  Wonderful to be in the camp before dark. Look, our tent is up and we are ready for the night. Oh and by the way, spot the new dew collector that replaced the original bird one.
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