We've hiked around on Table Mountain's slopes many times, and we took the cable car up once. Recently we finally climbed all the way up on our own two feet. We went up Skeleton Gorge, which some people say is their favorite route.
The hike started out steep, with a couple of fun spots where we had to climb ladders and scramble up rocks.
At the end of that first leg, we took a quick detour to check out a reservoir. On the way, we saw a sand dune, which seemed like an odd thing to find on top of a mountain.
After that, we wended our way more slowly upward and then across the table. On the way, we passed this cool castle-shaped rock.
At the top, the views were far clearer than they were the time we went up by cable car.
This rock climber preened a bit when he saw me taking his picture. Little did he know that I just wanted him to offset the view of Lion's Head, which is the big hill, and Robben Island, which used to be the site of a prison. Nelson Mandela spent a couple of decades locked up there.
Recently our landlords had to kick us out of our place for a night to avoid killing us with insecticide fumes. They fixed it so we could stay in a house one of their relatives owns in Simon's Town, which is a little vacation spot about 45 minutes away from Cape Town. The place was beautiful:
People often ask me what the grocery stores are like in South Africa. They're pretty similar to the stores in the states, except that they tend to be more crowded. Our favorite store is the Fruit and Veg Market. They sell tons of produce, as well as most other foods:
Another store we shop at often, the Pick n' Pay, carries less produce and more dry goods and meats.
I'm sorry I've left such a long gap since my last post. I've built up quite a backlog of pictures, so I'm hoping to post quite a bit over the next few weeks. I hope you'll keep checking.
If anyone has general questions about South Africa (like the question about the grocery stores) send me an e-mail or ask them in the comments. I'll answer them if I can.