First, Mike was to have led a walk at Genadendal, then Garth and Liz took over. In the end the wet weather forced us to abandon the Genadendal plans and we ended up walking to Sculptured Corner, which is always a pleasure. The rain held off and it actually got quite warm, but we nevertheless had to walk in very wet conditions, there having been 35mm of rain the previous day. It was actaully so refreshing to experience the sodden conditions and to hear the sound of fast running water in every stream. There were also wonderful views over Hermanus and the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
As a group we were a far cry from the old guard. Four regulars (the Huttons and Hazells) and four newcomers – Audrey, Patty, Dave and Rose. Hopefully they will all become regular walkers.
We saw beautiful fynbos throughout our route, which took us up Adder’s Ladder and round the back to Sculptured Corner. From there we retraced our steps until we reached the path to Galpin’s Hut. We stopped off there for the view and then returned around the south of Galpin Peak and down through Boekenhout’s Kloof. We had walked 11.2 km over a pleasant four and a half hours.
I had no less than three botanists with me to help identify the flowers we saw, but my brain just refuses to remember what they told me. Here are some of them.