We Feel So Underdressed!

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

It has been another beautiful day in South Africa and we have had an incredible time once again.

We left for Cape Point just before noon. Planning ahead, we made a quick stop for groceries so taht we could stop on the beach for a picnic lunch along the way. Shortly after our stop, we arrived at St. James Beach where we walked along the sand and dipped our toes in the water. Along the beach were colorful change-huts lined up in a straight row. They made for a cute picture as there were red, yellow, blue, green, orange and many more colors brightening up the sand.

Moving along from the beach, we continued onwards towards Simon's Town. This was where Jero grew up and it was nice of Catch to share stories about Jero and his childhood as we walked around the harbour. The most exciting part about this stop for us was the possibility of us seeing some penguins. We had seen a couple in New Zealand, but they were so far away that we could have been told that they were a rare breed of bird that was a mixture between stork, bull dog and rhinocerous and we may have believed them. Our fingers were crossed that this time we would be able to see some penguins a little closer up.

There is a pathway that we took to get down to Boulder's Beach. This pathway was called the Penguin Walk. Rightly so! We saw many penguins along the way, most of which were nesting. They were huddled up on their eggs sitting comfortably in their nests. We paused along the walk to take many pictures. The pathway is fenced off to protect the penguins and their nests, so if one is near the fence, you can get very close to it. One penguin in paticular was very cute!! I had crouched down right next to the chain link fence, and was getting my camera zoomed in on the penguin directly on the other side. As I was focusing the camera, the penguin began turning his head from side to side rather inquisitively. I thought it was being very cute and was playing with me a bit. Upon reading a sign further down the path, I learned that when penguins do this it is because they feel threatened and they are not turning their heads from side to side to be cute, they are turning their heads from side to side so that they can look at you with both of their eyes before they attack.

Oops.


Continuing on our journey down the pathway, we eventually made our way to a boardwalk that led directly to the beach. What a treat. Hundreds of penguins were awaiting us! As an added bonus, it was nesting season while we were there, and there were a few newly hatched baby penguins. Being surrounded by so many mini tuxedos made us feel very underdressed in our shorts and t-shirts! We watched the penguins jump in and out of the water, and then waddle along the beach. It was amazing to be so close to them. We hope that we didn't hurt any feelings as we laughed and pointed while watching them waddle along. If they came to any kind of decline, it was as if their feet couldn't catch up to their heads, and they looked as though they were constantly trying to not fall head first as they speed-waddled down the sand.

Those that weren't swimming in the water or waddling on the dans were sitting quietly in their nests right on the beach. One of the nests directly infront of us had an egg just beginning to hatch as we stood there! We loved just watching the penguins run and dive and play together. They seem to have completely different agility when they dive into the water. They waddle, waddle, waddle towards the waves. They waddle, waddle, waddle a bit further out. They waddle, waddle, waddle as fast as they can when the tide tries to sweep them away, and then, when they are deep enough, they belly-flop into the water and turn into speedy black and white torpedos shooting beneath the surface with complete with twists and turns! It was amazing to see. We actually had to be pulled out of there by Catch if we were going to see the rest of Cape Point before dark.

Back in the car with nearly a dead camera battery and full memory card, we made our way to Cape Point. Driving along the winding road we had to come to a stop to allow an ostrich to cross. An Ostrich! Very strange animals! It's not like in Alberta where you may have to watch for the odd deer or maybe even a moose - no, an ostrich! With cameras ready, we were utterly complete tourists once again! We continued along, and soon the Atlantic Ocean appeared on our right. Ahead of us was a cliff - Cape Point. There was a tram taking people up the cliff to the many look outs, but we opted for the walk up instead. Once at the top of the large cliffs, we were wble to go to the lookout at the farthest most point. Here we could see where the Atlantic Ocean on our right, met with the Indian Ocean on our left. Even the clouds in teh sky seemed to make a line which helped divede the two. It was stunning.

On our way back to Cape Twon, we drove on the Chapmans Road, which is South Africa's Great Ocean Road. It was yet another beautiful coastal drive along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

We are having such an amazing time with Catch and Jero that we are trying to convince them to come to Mozambique with us. What an amazing trip the four of us would have!

Hmmmmmm...we'll see.

Hugs and Love,
Dana and Trevor
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