30 January 2012

New Year, New Adventures

This year, one of my resolutions was to get outdoors more often and dedicate more time towards seeking out spontaneous little adventures.  So far, I think Jurg and I have done a pretty good job with it, and we've really enjoyed looking at weekends as an opportunity to explore all that Jo'burg {and its surrounds} have to offer.

This weekend one of Jurgen's work colleagues invited us to go hiking in Muldersdrift near Glenburn Lodge.  He promised lots of wildlife, stunning views, and a decent workout so we jumped at the chance to tag along.        

We woke up early {around 6am} and were ready to begin our hike by around 7:00.  Luckily, there was a nice cloud cover overhead which made the weather perfect for hiking.  It ended up being quite the workout, but the view from the top was absolutely incredible and made all our hard work completely worth while.  And, we had a baboon encounter!  Once we got to the top of the mountain we could hear the alpha baboon making warning noises to let us know he was close and then later we actually spotted him and his clan further down the mountain.  We also spotted a group of adorable warthogs, but they ran away before I could snap a picture!  

On top of all the wildlife, there were tons of beautiful wild flowers, and we even came across the remnants of an old outpost from the Anglo-Boer War.  
    
This picture is my favorite of the day :)
Can you spot the baboon?  He's definitely spotted me!  
{Apologies for the blurriness, I couldn't get my camera to focus correctly}
Remnants of an outpost from the Anglo-Boer War
Protea, South Africa's national flower

It's amazing to think that all of this has been sitting on our doorstep for the past two years, and we're only seeing it now!  I can't wait to go back soon and explore more of the trails in the area.

10 comments:

  1. Take me with you next time! Your photos are amazing, as always xx

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  2. Your blog is very inspiring!!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time. And a baboon!? How cool!

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  4. so fun! and what a wonderful resolution.

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  5. WOW. this looks like the most incredible day! how amazing. your photos are sensational! :) xx

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  6. So scenic!! i've never been hiking but this REALLY makes me want to!

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  7. Amazing!Wow! Loved reading this as much as I did seeing the pictures!

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  8. beautiful~ that looks like a pretty amazing place to live!

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  9. Amazing!(:

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