I must admit cell phones do have their uses
….they come in handy as alarm clocks and when mine went off that morning Scouter was the first to jump up
….I pretended to be fast asleep in the hopes that I would get a cup of tea.
As you all know by now I am not a great morning person at all and waking up over a cup of tea goes a long way in making me more pleasant in the morning. Thanks to Scouter I was indeed a pleasant person that morning !!!.
But OMW one look out of the window and I was ready to jump right back into bed.
We faced a huge bank of mist that was moving in at a rapid rate. We were indeed disappointed because we knew that the flowers would not open in the mist.
But the cold air woke me up good and solid and I realised what a beautiful scene I was taking in. Out came the camera and tripod….
About five minutes later I could no longer see the chalet….
It is truly amazing how quickly the mist can come along and devour you.
Our plan that morning was to visit Goegab Nature Reserve . On my previous trips to Namaqualand ( 3 in total) I had not managed to get to Goegab. This time round I was determined to and I had warned Scouter that no matter whether it rained, hailed, snowed or stormed we were going to Goegab..it was as simple as that. Our plan was to be on our way by 8h30. Well we had every good intention of doing that but my camera and tripod kept me busy ….
The trouble is one sees too much out of those lovely large windows in the chalet and it is vey difficult to keep one’s attention on the task at hand.
What is that bird on the tree..grab the binos..check the bird. Let’s try a photo ..grab the camera. Oh darn…bird flew away !!! And then we would spot another bird…and so it would continue . We were almost out of the door when I spotted a rabbit… I grabbed the already packed camera out of the bag…I just had to have that photo of the rabbit…his ears matched the orange flowers beautifully….
The rabbit hopped further and we went in search of him...but then we saw a flower that needed our attention and then some more birds
….OMW….what had happened to 8h30 ?
We eventually got ourselves into the car …by now it was 9h15.
We were no sooner in the car when we were out of it again.
Skilpad loop was just too beautiful for words….
Scouter trying out her long lens…
Come along Scouter we really must make a move…
OMW..look at those windmills…out we got again. I mean how can you drive past those windmills…the fact that it was now 10h00 was besides the point.
By now the mist was really thick and I am sure the two of us must have looked like gorillas in the mist !
We eventually drove out of the park but there was just one more obstacle …the Pannekoek Paleis. Scouter eventually got to sink her fangs into what she described as the most delicious pancakes out….I don’t do pancakes so you will just have to take her word for it !
So there we were more than two hours behind schedule ….I was not sure what time we would get to Goegab…but to Goegab I was determined to get
to be continued.
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.