Renee and I walked in Vogelgat this morning. The temperature was 19 degrees when we started at 6:30 am but by the time we had completed our 4 hour hike, it had risen to 30 degrees! Luckily there was a stiff breeze blowing and it kept us cool most of the time.
The fynbos was looking magnificent. It is hard to believe, when one is on the mountain, that we are in the midst of a drought. The only real evidence is the lack of water in the streams – some were completely dry!
We climbed around 450 metres to the Mossel Nook hut. On the way we saw Cape Rockjumper and Ground Woodpecker, so were well pleased with the effort! Then the track leveled off as we walked to Quark, seeing some wonderful flowers, including Disa tripetaloides. From Quark, there were many sunbirds and we also got a few Neddickys, but sadly, no Victorin’s Warblers, or Verreaux’s Eagles.
It was great to be in the mountains and we met up with quite a few other hikers by the time we had done our 10 km. What a way to start 2018!