Cape Town Part 7: Table Mountain

Finally! Slow and steady wins the race or something like that? I don’t think anyone’s ever accused me of being quick about anything, though, really.

Yes, the trip to Table Mountain (after a mani/pedi [or lengthy and frustrating search for an ATM, in Marlon’s case. Same same?] and one last farewell trip to Greenmarket Square, for old times’ sake) marked our last hurrah in Cape Town, and with it ends my epic (literally) telling of the voyage. Pat, always coming through for us, told us to hold off going until after six, when tickets go for half price. As such he was able to come along as well and summit Table Mountain (for the millionth time).

It’s roughly $20 to go up and back by cable car normally and $10 for the “sunset special.” It’s also hike-able, but requires far more time and stamina than the Lion’s Head hike. (At least that’s the word on the street.) At the office they take a poll of everyone’s nationality; we were surprised to find Americans were second to Germans for most visitors. We also learnt that the funny animal we’d seen at Hermanus is called a “dassie,” and that it bites.

7d1cjaw snap, look who’s makin gifs! shoulda taken more pics, in retrospect, but this is a real(-ish)-time representation of the ‘table cloth’ coming over the mountain.

looking up table cloth table mountain ivy table mountain flower our african wonder

from this angle, i felt like i could finally (maybe) see how it looked like a lion

from this angle, i felt like i could finally (maybe) see how it looked like a lion

the cable cars rotate and have two open spaces in the windows so everyone gets a turn taking photos

the cable cars rotate and have two open spaces in the windows so everyone gets a turn taking photos

table cloth sunset

dassie alert!

dassie alert!

dassie2

table mountain photographer

on his way to becoming VERY well traveled.

on his way to becoming VERY well traveled.

dangit, sun!

dangit, sun!

pat me mar table mountain sun settinglast sunset rocks sunset table mountain purple sky table mountain map of peninsula

haha, we were told there'd be exotic birds around, but this was the best pic i could get of the one we saw

haha, we were told there’d be exotic birds around, but this was the best pic i could get of the one we saw

sunset silhouette table mountain table mountain brush little girl table mountain

view of cape town from the base of the cable car

view of cape town from the base of the cable car

we had our final dinner at an italian place called 'la burratta,' in the woodstock neighborhood. http://burrata.co.za/

we had our final dinner at an italian place called ‘la burrata,’ in the woodstock neighborhood. http://burrata.co.za/

Our trip back went pretty much as smoothly as we could’ve hoped. In fact, we got bumped up to business class on our first flight! (Unfortunately, you’ll recall this would’ve been our flight to Johannesburg; by far the shortest of the three legs.) Aside from that ol “technical stop” in Dakar, where they kept us awake without food for what felt like an eternity, things went fine and before we knew it we were back in the thick of this really terrific winter we’re having in North America.

quiz time: which of the big five are we missing (as it's behind mandela on the 100)?!

quiz time: which of the big five are we missing (as it’s behind mandela on the 100)?!

oh NO, not a plane wing pic!

oh NO, not a plane wing pic!

then an elephant jumped out of the cloud

then an elephant jumped out of the cloud

oh dc, you look so cold...

oh dc, you look so cold…

and indeed you were

and indeed you were

 

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