Day 192…The Lady Slipper

The mountain is said to resemble an up-turned high-heeled shoe

The route description reads…”The Lady Slipper trail starts at Falcon Rock and climbs steeply up the mountain through the fynbos.”

…Just a side-note…fynbos is a Dutch word for fine leaved plants and is a totally unique type of vegetation that makes up 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom, two thirds of which are found here on the Cape and nowhere else on earth…most of the fynbos is extremely rare and in danger of dying out completely (1,700 fynbos plants are threatened with extinction)…

…During Mr. P’s holiday…we thought it would be an excellent idea to see how fit the “old” people were…I had spent the first 6 months losing 40 pounds and exercising most days…and off we went to see how “sure-footed” we still were…”the path to the peak is a rough, mountain track rather than a manicured trail. It is steep and loose in places, so should be undertaken only by fit and sure-footed hikers

…a cool, overcast and misty day…we had the trail almost all to ourselves…breathtaking views…lots of excuses to stop and take a short breather as I went crazy with the views…the poetry of the earth in each moment spoke to my spirit …the music sang to my soul…and healed the ache of transitions…

…such pleasure in each misty moment on that mountain…

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

—John Muir, Our National Parks
The Misty Top

It took us a little longer than the 2 hours than most people take…due to the steep, slippery and loose terrain…and stopping every 2 minutes to take another photograph…

…we didn’t make it all the way…we started too late and the last leg was a little too intimidating for me…climbing rock straight up…so back down we came…slipping and sliding…to be completed the next time…

Magnificent Quartzite Outcrops

…the mountain will call and we will go…

Author: Renée E.

Storytelling Photographer and Fine Art Conceptional Artist...Creating magic from the ordinary

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