And when they all come together, it's gorgeous!
All we needed was some decent weather. It's been raining on and off most of the week. So we checked the weather forecast yesterday morning and they were calling for showers in the morning and clearing in the afternoon. So we kind of hung around the house in the morning.
We had made lunch plans with Sean and Ryan, a couple of friends from New York City who we met in Namibia. Sean lives in Cape Town now, and Ryan is here visiting him.
Sean, Ryan, Ruth, Kevin
From our lunch spot, we were thinking of walking to the starting point for the hike up Lion's Head Mountain. But Sean quickly straightened us out, saying it was a long boring walk just to the starting point and that we were better off saving our energy for the hike itself. Ryan stopped a metered cab, and it cost us R55 ($5.80) to take a taxi to the base of the hill.
Doesn't take long and you start to get a nice view of the city.
The first part of the trail is easy and wide and has a few benches where you can sit and enjoy the view.
But that doesn't last long.
Soon, there are ladders.
And climbing, and chains to hold on to! This reminds us of some of our hikes in Slovakia!
Great views of Cape Town. Sure makes you wonder how a tree manages to grow up here!
Ruth, looking very brave!
There was quite a bit of scrambling over the rocks to get to the top. We really enjoyed the moment though, and we thought it was amazing that there was a hiking trail that even went to the top!
Kevin, at the top of Lion's Head Mountain.
The view over the west side of the mountain. You can see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars.
The clouds make for some great photos!
Some more pretty flowers along the way.
And then we hiked back to the bottom, took a cab to the train station, and used our return train ticket to get back home. But, no more cabs and trains for us! We picked up a car this afternoon...we'll tell you that story tomorrow!