This time, things worked out pretty good!
It was a nice drive and a beautiful day.
Heading towards the mountains.
Even though there are some 50 million people in South Africa, there isn't much of a traffic problem because many of them can't afford a car. And even if they could afford a car, the gasoline is expensive too. Strangely, the roads are in overall great condition.
We had to go through a mountain pass.
Looking back at where we drove through.
Nice roadside viewing and picnic area. Our little rental car has done just fine!
99 kms (60 miles) from Oudtshoorn to Ladismith.
Ladismith is a pretty little town. One of the reasons we came here was because I had read about a 12 km hike in the mountains near here to a place called "Stanley's Light" Really interesting story about that and we're going to tell you about it tomorrow.
So, we pulled into town and found an old little self catering cottage that was for rent. Asked if we could see it, and after a quick look at the interior we knew almost right away that it would be above our budget. Very nicely done up on the inside! The guy wanted R450 ($47.70) per night. I explained that we really liked the cottage, but the price was above our budget and so we would have to look around town to see what else there was. He said the best he could do was R400 ($42.40) per night, and went on to explain about cleaning and costs and everything. I offered him R1000 ($106) for three nights. And he accepted my offer!
Very plain on the outside, but very nice on the inside. Sorry, no interior pics yet!
We went and wandered around and did some grocery shopping. Still on the hunt for gluten free bread, we spotted a health food shop. The lady there said she didn't have bread, but she had the flour and would get her daughter to bake us a loaf if we wanted!
We wanted! What kind of service is that?! Wow!
The Ladismith Town Hall.
Nice mountain views from Ladismith.
Yesterday was an overcast day and it rained most of the afternoon. We did go for a walk in the morning to pick up our bread. Cost was R40 ($4.24) and it was still warm when we picked it up. Sure beats rice cakes!
The Otto Hager Church.
Funny story about this church. The church above was built in 1874. But in the 1940's it was deemed to be unstable and the congregation built a new church. Shortly after the new church was built, a huge storm went through the area and blew the whole roof off the new church. The old church was undamaged.
It received some minor repairs over the years and is currently used as the local tourism bureau, with a small museum inside.
View from the front porch of the old church.
Wide sidewalks and tree lined streets.
Back at the cottage, Ruth spotted this pretty marico sunbird.
And I promised to update you all about our little fundraising activity. If you missed yesterday's post, you can read about it here.
So far, after only one day, we have collected $565 in donations from twenty different donors! Thank you all so very much! We're going to keep the link up until Monday morning, or $1,000, whichever comes first. So if you want to help out with anything you can afford, we are totally grateful!