This post is a photo journey down the Whale Trail. It was the second time that I walked this wonderful trail.
Morning tea on Potberg. The Breede meanders to the coast below.
The trail follows Potberg’s spine.
Cupidoskraal hut is a welcome sight after 15km on day 1. Contrast the diversity of the fynbos in the foreground with the drab green of invasive bluegums behind the hut.
Protea as far as the eye can see. Who would believe it’s mid-winter? We experienced five warm, windless and cloudless days.
Deon above the ecotone where fynbos on sandstone gives way to fynbos on limestone. The bay at Noetsie, our destination on day 2, foams invitingly at centre left.
Succulents on limestone in riotous colour. The bright red-green in the valley is alien Rooikrans I think.
I thought this looked interesting.
Bush cuisine conjured up by Alwyn. Noetsie’s meal comprised springbok and veggies done in foil on the open fire.
Noetsie in the morning. All evening and night we heard the whales blowing in the bay.
Leaving the hut at Hamerkop on day 4.
Morning on the beach between Hamerkop and Lekkerwater.
What is it?
Alwyn and Deon plan and visualise the evening’s meal – or something.
Last time I promised myself a return to Vaalkrans. Vaalkrans is the Olde Seadog Inn of my boyhood stories.
This time the weather provided the perfect ambience for seafaring yarns – fog and crashing seas. The cave under the hut reverberated under the onslaught.
A wild scene. For once the whales are drowned out by the din.
The morning after, looking east. Later we watched a pod of about sixty dolphins porpoising up the coast.
A last look at Vaalkrans.
Ingrid prods our environmental consciences. As she said – if each one of us lugged 10 plastic bottles off the beach, that would make 120 each day. I wonder if we could outmatch the rate at which passing ships litter the coast. Perhaps a cleanup expedition is called for…
A group on a high: (b) Alwyn, Lorette, Marion, Karen; (f) Deon, me.
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