Trialing my new hiking boots

Trip Start Dec 10, 2008
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

21 March 2009 - Saturday
As we've got the Naukluft hike coming up and also an opportunity to visit some friends, we head through to Hermanus on Saturday morning in the hope of doing a bit of a hike to wear our boots in and to just do a bit of mountain training. The really nice thing about going through to Hermanus however was the fact that I could take my dog, Sam along. I think I was so much more excited than her about the fact that she would get to go up the mountain and not have to stay home because dogs aren't allowed or something of the sort.

After arriving in Hermanus and doing the family meet and greet, Rory, Celeste, Peter and myself head through to meet up with Koos and his brother Jan. We head up into the mountains just to the right behind Hermanus to do a trail going past three reservoirs.

The first reservoir was quite empty. You could see the water had dropped from the normal level to about 4 meters below. The water is very black, probably as a result of all the tannins from the plants in the area. The guys all jumped into the water to have a swim and cool down, Sam included in this one. She absolutely loves swimming!!! Peter and Koos also decided to jump off one of the cliff faces into the water which must've been a drop of about 18m. Personally, I think they both were a bit nuts but who's to judge?

We moved up towards the third reservoir as the 2nd one was completely empty. The beauty of the highest reservoir was that it was only us there. It was like it was built entirely for us to enjoy. So we spent a fair amount of time swimming, and lazing before slowly making our way back down.

Just below the first reservoir we saw a group of three Klipspringer running across the valley to the other side. Once they stopped, they didn't move again, but instead watched us as as though confused as to why us humans would want to spend any time in their space... Really nice to see.
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