The recent wildfires in the Overstrand threatened to disrupt the Hurriers walking programme and Ronnie’s Palmietrivier walk had to be changed. Fortunately most of Fernkloof and the other Hermanus mountains escaped the fires and the Hurriers have risen like a Phoenix from the ashes (so to speak). We have enjoyed two walks in the burn to marvel at the Fire Lilies and other signs of regrowth, Ronnie’s re-routed walk along level on the Contour Path and, last week, the intrepid 11 found themselves Up the Creek and scaling mossy cliffs in Vogelgat.
It was a cool but humid misty morning when 10 Hurriers and Bob from Tipperary (a long way away) met at the Visitors’ Centre. Dave suggested we leave the straight and narrow and ascend the heights of Kanonkop via Klipspringer returning via Adder Ladder. It was a great walk with glimpses of the sea and the valleys through the mists.
Some unfortunately had to rush back once we got to the Jeep Track, because of time pressures, whilst the rest continued enjoying the views from the top and the fresh two year old vegetation along the way. Adder Ladder, as always, warmed the ageing knees, but we were cheered by a young couple from Buckinghamshire we met who reminded us how lucky we are to live where we live.
Unfortunately Derek had forgotten to switch on his Garmin watch, so we do not know the statistics but of what importance is time and height and distance on a walk like the one we had just enjoyed
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