LOVE TO WANDER
We left the comfort of the Misty Mountains Resort and set off on the second day of our hike, through wild garlic, curry plant, pelargoniums, yellow daisies, arum lilies and trees I have never a seen before. We saw: iron wood (heavier than water so it doesn't float); stink wood (used for furniture, and smells when cut) and knot wood - which looked like something from prehistoric times. We passed through banks of pretty coral fern, which is (somewhat unbelievably given its delicacy and the distance) harvested for export to florists mainly in France, Germany and Holland.
We scrambled and climbed across rocks for quite some distance alongside the pounding Indian Ocean, sitting in many cases to get down safely
. This would have been dangerous if the rocks had been wet - but they weren't, so we were OK. Interesting that we weren't asked to sign anything re participating at our own risk. We stopped for fruit and nuts on a rocky beach and
Tim made our guide smile by teaching him how to do stone skimming.
A very steep climb up the fynbos covered cliffs followed, rewarded by a picnic in the woods, complete with checked tablecloths and homemade quiche and egg custard flan.
Our chalet in the Fernery was even better than the previous two nights - it definitely made me re-think my log cabin dream and upgrade a bit!
Lowlight - puff adders. I was grateful for our two guides equipped with sticks who ushered the one we say on its way away from the path for us.
Highlight - champagne reception at the very luxurious Ferney Lodge at the end of our hike.
New discoveries: Kingklip (a delicious, eel type local fish which tasted to me rather like hake) and Amarula - a local liqueur a bit like Baileys, which was turned into a panacotta.