When I woke up 4:40am this morning, I actually didn’t feel like going to the mountain O_O I was tired because…life. Told myself: “Fatima, nothing a mug of Black Insomnia – the world’s strongest coffee, won’t fix’
Dropped my son off (he marshaled today’s ARD 10km race), came home, made morning prayers, sugared koesiesters and drank my coffee and I’m out the house at 6:30am to catch the sunrise at 7am. Except you can’t see the sun rise from Kloof Corner car park haha.
Get out the car and its warm already and check in with Tracking at 7am, my route and ETA of 9am. Up Kloof Corner I go and stop to take photos of flowers, run up the zig zag path and stop to take photos of sun that’s already risen and of course, Lion’s Head. I am surprisingly alone on this route and as it’s not a mugging hot-spot (yet) I’m not concerned about my safety. Also, I had my whistle around my neck. Plus, the route is pretty exposed so don’t think it will become a hot-spot.
According to the time stamps on my phone, I went up the steep section in a minute haha. I carefully run the narrow contour as there are lots of loose stones and protruding rocks so on high alert for these as I don’t want to twist my ankle, trip and fall down the mountain. There’s also wet sections so walk for a while until my soles are dry. Water and Sand = very slippery shoes.
I walk the more exposed sections with steps as one wrong move, I’m down that mountain and still no-ne in sight. Not even passing trail runners. Still not fearing my safety ^_^ but have to put my camera phone on time in order to take a selfie at the trickling waterfall but that was a fail hehe.
I didn’t have to take breathers and drank water while walking and only stopped to take photos (of course) and answer the call of nature in the most sheltered spot I could find 😛 This time, I remembered my sunglasses as I’m facing the sun and bugs are flying about in the heat. I also kept a lookout for snakes but some other rodent with a bushy tail ran across the path. Initially thought it to be a Dassie but remembered Dassies do not have long bushy tails and Meerkats tails are long and thin. After some Googling, it turns out that it could very well have been a Mongoose.
My intended route was until Platties and if I had enough time, I would go to Silverstream. I get to Platties at 7:57am and as I spent a lot of time taking photos along the route, I went to Silverstream (passing hikers at Platties) and arrived at the Waterfall at 8:03. Running is so much faster than hiking lol.
Lots more photos and attempted selfies on timer and only one runner ran past with her dog as I was posing lol. Finally sat down to eat my koesiester and enjoy the quiet solitude and the views with only sounds of the birds and the streams. Bliss! Utter, utter bliss! I didn’t want to move but alas, I had to return to reality.
More people on the mountain now and giving way to passing hikers and runners and their dogs. More photos of flowers and was absolutely livid when I spotted a packet with a Styrofoam container. I wasn’t going to pick it up (and run with a packet of trash and my water bottles in both hands) until I noticed the broken pieces and realized that one of the animal species on the mountain has eaten into it! It hadn’t actually occurred to me before that our animals are eating your litter! Styrofoam! These are harmful to not only humans, our environment but also toxic to animals!
So I ran the rest of the way with this packet sigh and there’s no bins at Kloof Corner car park which means I have to take this dirt home with me sigh
I wanted to run down Kloof Corner but my knee promptly protested so walked the rest of the way but not before a dog came running up to me and I just knew that he was ‘aggressive’ and stood dead in my tracks as it barked at me. The owners apologized and insisted that he was friendly and it was a friendly bark but I didn’t believe them. I was thoroughly not impressed that I didn’t even respond or smile at their apology.
Anyway, I get to the car park to this (below pic) and complained to the car guard to which he responded that I was the one who parked crappy and told him if he was actually there this morning, he would have known I was the only one there!
Checked out of Tracking at 9am ^_^
Sigh…will not be doing any mountain adventures for the next 2 weeks because….Life sigh.
Until next time, thank you for reading and ciao for now.