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Amethyst delight next to moody waters and gone 'gold' digging!

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:25 pm

Following our July 2016 holiday Circling the 'Green Valley' and camping amidst 'Black & White roamers' and enjoying Conversations with the gentle Greys, we headed to another iconic park where we enjoyed "Amethyst delight next to moody waters and gone "gold' digging"....yes 'gold' digging! :D

From Addo Elephant NP, we took the road via Uitenhage and headed to Storms River for a two night stay in one of the log cabins.
Crossing the Storms River bridge, we stopped at the very popular stop for petrol and a :cam: of the bridge.
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Arriving at the Entrance gate, we were greeted by a long queue of cars due to renovations being done.
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From the graphic display at the Shop, it appears that the new Entrance gate will look amazing.
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We eventually arrived at our accommodation which we at first were disappointed about as we were hoping for a cabin on the sea front, but it was still very cosy and could still enjoy a lovely view of the sea.
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Another view of the sea-front with the accommodation we were hoping for as a first prize.
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As it was winter and to be expected some cold fronts moving past, it was cold and the wind blowing causing us not to do the things we hoped to do such as a boat cruise into the Storms River mouth, caves and out to sea. The walk ways to the hanging bridges were wet, hence very slippery. As we have done these walks on previous visits we settled to explore other walks and just enjoy the area under the circumstances.

The view to Storms River mouth looked ominous....weatherwise :shock:
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The scene in the opposite direction also reflected the mood of the sea with heavy swells visible making for amazing scenes. (.. which I will share more of in the coming episodes)
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Considering the conditions, we were treated to an Amethyst delight....and some other beautiful ones....to be shared next :thumbs_up:
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Re: Amethyst delight next to moody waters and gone 'gold' digging!

Unread post by billyf » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:32 pm

Sorry about not being allocated a seafront cabin and about the inclement weather, but I am sure that you still had a wonderful time and that you weaved your camera magic as usual :D
Looking forward to what you saw and captured :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:42 pm

Oooooooo, another one! Can't wait!!!
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Unread post by Goronta » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:02 pm

I'll be with you for this one ,nice memories :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:40 am

Kaapsedraai, I am so happy to see another trip report :D . You certainly have captured the mood of the story weather. :thumbs_up:

I am looking forward to reading more.

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Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:26 am

Kaapsedraai I am looking forward following your travel tale :clap: :clap: :clap: . Thank you. The creative title of your travel report immediately caught my eye :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:31 am

Oooh! Another TR with an imaginative title from Kaapsedraai :clap: :clap: .

I'm on board this one.

Great pictures of a moody coastline :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Is there a Sanparks not yet visited by you :hmz: :hmz:
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Unread post by Philip1 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:51 am

:clap: Amazing Pic's of a great place :mrgreen:
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Unread post by isinkwe » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:03 am

Kaapsedraai
You really do have a way of increasing my bucket list :naughty: with all the fancy places you keep taking us to. Bank balance just cant keep up with you :wall:
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Unread post by Hugh » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:07 pm

As usual superb photos..thank you
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Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:04 pm

billyf wrote:Sorry about not being allocated a seafront cabin and about the inclement weather, but I am sure that you still had a wonderful time and that you weaved your camera magic as usual :D
Looking forward to what you saw and captured :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:

billyf, thank you for the comment.
Yes, one tends to have some expectations, but next time we will plan properly and arrange in advance.
On the other hand, our short stay did end with an interesting situation which made the stay another memorable one, especially for my little one :D
Although the weather was extremely cold, windy and cloudy I always sees the opportunity such situations present which I hope you all will also enjoy. :thumbs_up:

Karin Mitton wrote:Oooooooo, another one! Can't wait!!!
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Karin Mitton, :D ...yes it is long overdue as I had to focus on family matters, but now that school exams finished, I will be able to catch up on all the brilliant TT's. :D
It is wonderful to have you on board this trip which will span across two parks within the greater Garden Route Park. :thumbs_up:
Current: Table Mountain's mood today; Jul'16 ADDO NP
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Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:09 pm

Goronta wrote:I'll be with you for this one ,nice memories :thumbs_up:

Goronta, it is wonderful to have you on board this trip and can imagine the memories you might have when you visited this park. :D
Hope you enjoy the 'ride'. :dance:

Meandering Mouse wrote:Kaapsedraai, I am so happy to see another trip report :D . You certainly have captured the mood of the story weather. :thumbs_up:

I am looking forward to reading more.

:popcorn:

Meandering Mouse, thank you, but it is long overdue :roll: Fortunately, the school exams finished and now I can return to my 'happy place' :dance:
The stormy weather - icy cold temperatures, windy conditions and rainy clouds limited our opportunities, but the conditions did present us with special sea mood scenes which I hope you will enjoy. :thumbs_up:
Current: Table Mountain's mood today; Jul'16 ADDO NP
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Unread post by ritad » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:10 pm

Please sorry that i have miss the start :k :k wonderful area with an amazing view to the sea :clap: :clap:
In the last picture the swell is big :big_eyes: :k
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Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:16 pm

Grantmissy wrote:Kaapsedraai I am looking forward following your travel tale :clap: :clap: :clap: . Thank you. The creative title of your travel report immediately caught my eye :thumbs_up:

Grantmissy, welcomeon board and hope you enjoy the trip as we will be spending two days at Storms River and then off to a nice long visit in Wildernis, so I hope it will live up to your expectations. :thumbs_up:
Creating a title for a TT is always interesting process one went through, but as per our Camdenoo, MZNP and Addo visits, I decided on a 'colour' as a theme. For our Dec'15 trip visiting various parks incl Kruger, I used 'tree's as symbolic means. Glad you liked the title :thumbs_up:

umtali1 wrote:Oooh! Another TR with an imaginative title from Kaapsedraai :clap: :clap: .

I'm on board this one.

Great pictures of a moody coastline :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Is there a Sanparks not yet visited by you :hmz: :hmz:

umtali1, :dance: you like the title of this leg of circular trip. :D
It is great to have you on board and thank you for the kind words. :thumbs_up:
Current: Table Mountain's mood today; Jul'16 ADDO NP
Finalised: Dec'15 Mokala ; Kruger; Golden Gate; Karoo; Sep'15 Bontebok; Jul'15 Agulhas; Aug'15 West Coast; Dec'14 Kruger; Jun'16 MZNP
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Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:23 pm

Philip1 wrote: :clap: Amazing Pic's of a great place :mrgreen:

Philip1, thank you for the compliment and welcome on board this one. :thumbs_up:
While we were at Storms River, we did not visit Nature's Valley this time round, but hopefully next time - just recalling your wonderful TR when you visited this region. :D

isinkwe wrote:Kaapsedraai
You really do have a way of increasing my bucket list :naughty: with all the fancy places you keep taking us to. Bank balance just cant keep up with you :wall:

isinkwe, :lol: :lol: :lol: ... we in Cape Town often complain that Kruger is so far away, but we forget that we have such amazing variety of places relatively close by. :D
Bank balance :roll: :roll: :roll: ...what can I say. :hmz:
It is great to have you on board and hope you enjoy this one. :thumbs_up:
Current: Table Mountain's mood today; Jul'16 ADDO NP
Finalised: Dec'15 Mokala ; Kruger; Golden Gate; Karoo; Sep'15 Bontebok; Jul'15 Agulhas; Aug'15 West Coast; Dec'14 Kruger; Jun'16 MZNP
Future: Jul'16 Storms river & Wildernis NP


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