I never tire of seeing the beauty of Cape Town. Coming from landlocked Zimbabwe at the end of 1982, I had only ever seen the sea twice. I landed in Cape Town and with eyes wide open, I took in the majestic beauty of the mountains. Within a few days of arriving, I was taken around the Peninsula. I remember seeing Hout Bay and the sea from Chapman’s Peak Drive for the very first time, and I felt like pinching myself. How blessed was I to be bought to a city as magnificent as this? I felt very privileged.
Today, I took advantage of the free entertainment this part of the world offers. We have a guy called Alec visiting right now. He will be doing some ministry work and he loves to hike the mountains. He was itching to go up one of them. I took him up Elsie’s Peak. After the rain, the trail was surprisingly dry. The view at the top, properly brilliant! Seeing it through Alec’s eyes drew me back to the early days of 1983 when I got to enjoy the same level of wonderment. I felt very privileged.
Free entertainment indeed. You cannot beat this. A number of people were enjoying the mountain this cool winter’s afternoon. Dogs scampered along the open path, enthusiastically burning energy, loving being out of doors after a number of days of rain. Signs of the fire are still very evident. The acres of burned protea bushes have yet to recover. The path appears to disappear from time to time, but you can find your way up with very little difficulty. The trick is to follow the Elsie’s Peak signs. You can take the circular route, but I think it is a little longer. We went up the circular route and came down the other side. The circular route takes off on the left of this sign. The path on the right is the one to Elsie’s Peak.
There are so many hikes around Cape Town that are moderate in distance and not too difficult and they are free. You don’t have to go the whole way to the mast on Elsie’s Peak. These short hikes are great for me. I’m getting my hiking boots walked in.
So that was my afternoon, after I had spent the morning working.
A word from the Word. Psalm 130:5
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.
These are the days!
Keep the smile going!
God bless you!
In His Grip,
Helga xx 🙂