Archive for February, 2013
I talk about flora a lot, referring to all the plant life I experienced while walking on the Rim of Africa, and for good reason— it is hands-down my favorite part of walking in the mountains of the Western Cape.
Whew – we made it through our solo journey. And we didn’t even have any run-ins with Cape Leopard, get lost, or argue until we walk off in separate ways (which would be likely to combine all my fears at once)! How?
I realized something while walking on the Rim of Africa: if you spot a unique flower out of the corner of your eye but don’t stop right then to photograph it, it’s likely you will never see it again.
Ricardo Philander and I had four days to get to know each other before we would be walking alone in the Cederberg wilderness. I only knew two things about him: he was 24 like me, but unlike my years of experience camping and mountaineering, he had never been camping before.
Here are my favorite shots from the Cederberg, during my first week out walking the Rim of Africa.
NOTHING prepares you for witnessing the southern sky in its full glory for the first time.
Zipping open the tent door and seeing nothing but untouched grassy mountains. Drinking freezing water from the pure freshwater streams. Impressive rock formations, open skies and endless fields of flowers. This is the Cederberg, where wild lives.
My first bit of writing on the NatGeo website, and I even decided to include a haiku!