This time of year is amazing for going out on the Vlei for a paddle in my Kayak. It is warming up, and you still get a lot of wind-free afternoons to enjoy the water.
And for the first time in years, the Flamingo’s are back. They are in just about every river and lake in Cape Town at the moment; it is great.
Flamingo’s on Zandvlei
In the middle of the vlei
A floating bird’s nest in the waterways
The houses across the Vlei in Marina da Gama
I did a crazy race last Sunday. It was (in theory) an easy 16k run, but in practise it was mad. We climbed to the very top of Cape Point vineyards – a climb of over 200m in just 2km. Then we ran on tar, gravel, fields and soft sand. The only thing we didn’t do to make it a real adventure was a river crossing!
Climbing the hill
Anyway despite the climb, it was good training and an awesome run. The view from the top of Cape Point vineyards was amazing.
View from the top
Yesterday was the Cape Town cycle tour (formally the Argus cycle tour). Normally it is a 109km ride around beautiful Cape Town, but because of the recent fires they took the drastic (and very understandable) decision to shorten it to a 47km ride through Cape town (from the city bowl to the bottom of the M3 and back).
I normally watch the ride form the bottom of my road (I used to ride it myself but have stopped since I discovered running). But today I took a short run to watch the bicycles coming past.
The ride was in solidarity to all the firemen who have bravely spent the past week fighting the fires, so a lot of people were wearing red, and even dressing up as firemen.
Cape Town has been on fire since Sunday. Currently over 4000 ha of bush has been destroyed, and the fire is still not under control. To make it more difficult, yesterday was the hottest day in Cape Town for 100 years. At least today the cooler weather should help a little.
Last night we had another flare-up on Boyes Drive. Literally in the span of about 10 minutes the mountain went from dark to a flaming inferno. These pics were all taken yesterday afternoon and last night at and around my house.
Note the size of the fire truck in the first picture.
I saw this rock-art at Danger Beach in St James while out running a few days ago. Isn’t it pretty cool? I just love how somebody took the time to make it and just left it there for us to see, and to see what happens to it. Reminiscent of the Zen sand Mandalas that you make to perfection and then destroy, reminding us of the impermanence of everything.
More rock art