Lion’s Head HikeCape Town, Spring 2012
I have to start out this post again by apologizing for the delay in my writing. Classes are starting to get crazy now that it’s time for midterms; there is just so much to do! I neglected to blog about our hike up Lion’s Head a couple of weeks ago, which was incredible (to say the least). We purposely hiked up Lion’s Head on the night of the full moon. We heard that was the best way to do it. And I must admit… it was an amazing sight to see. We were so close to Table Mountain during our hike up. It was cool to see it at eye level for once; I feel like I am always looking up at it. That is next on my list of tall things to climb. [caption id="attachment_38577" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="See that cloud on top of the mountain? That’s what Capetonians refer to as the “Table Cloth.” Punny, right? "][/caption] The hike was casual at first, a slow but steady incline. After about an hour, however, we were around the other side of the mountain and started seeing some much steeper inclines. It wasn’t bad at all; it just looked pretty intimidating at first. [caption id="attachment_38578" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="After a while our casual stroll turned it to rock climbing. It was unexpected, but so much fun. "][/caption] Reaching the top was a great feeling. Looking down on Sea Point, Cape Town on such a gorgeous day was breath taking. I felt like I was on top of the world. We got up there with enough time to explore a bit, take some goofy photos, and get a good spot to watch the sun set. [caption id="attachment_38591" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="I couldn’t help myself… I had to take a silly dancer photo on top of Lion’s Head. "][/caption] We were sure to grab a seat on the rocks jutting out the furthest from the mountain so that we would have the best possible view of the sunset. As we swung our feet back and forth and looked down at the city so far below us I couldn’t help but think, “how am I so lucky to have the opportunity to be in a place this beautiful, vibrant, diverse, and exciting? Why me?” It’s a feeling that hits me pretty often, actually. This place constantly reminds me of how fortunate I am to be abroad and experiencing all that I am. It pushes me to make the most of every experience and take a step back to cherish moments that I might otherwise let pass me by. [caption id="attachment_38592" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="My roommates, Arielle and Haley, and myself just waiting for the famous Lion’s Head sunset. "][/caption] (Oh, and shout out to Margot Peet, Arielle’s mom! Thanks for reading!) But on a less philosophical note, might I just say that the sunset was, in fact, amazing?! It was all it was cracked out to be. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the photo for yourself… [caption id="attachment_38593" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Watching the beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean from Lion’s Head. "][/caption] As the sun began to set, the city lights below came alive. I had never seen anything quite like it. Cape Town lit up and shimmered as far as the eye could see. [caption id="attachment_38594" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Michelle and I representing Ithaca on top of Lion’s Head! Aren’t the city lights crazy?!"][/caption] We watched in awe as the gigantic, orange, full moon appeared over the city as the sky grew darker. It was so beautiful. Once again, it is hard to find words that would do it justice, so I have included a picture so that you may see for yourself… [caption id="attachment_38595" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Sometimes I can’t believe I live here."][/caption] Incredible view, right? I still can’t believe I got to see all of this in one night. After we were done watching the full moon, it was time to return home. However, this was when we realized we forgot one very important thing… flashlights. Every single one of us made that rookie error, which left us all climbing down Lion’s Head in the dark of night. It was actually a pretty dangerous idea, now that I look back on it. But hey… it sure was an adventure. Doing the rock climbing part backwards, in the dark certainly proved to be interesting, but I am happy to report that we all made it down in one piece. Not only did we learn the value of a flashlight, but we also had quite the bonding experience. [caption id="attachment_38596" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="IES Abroad Cape Town takes Lion’s Head!"][/caption] Climbing Lion’s Head was so much fun and I hope to do the hike again for the next full moon. What an incredible experience. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next adventure! (I promise to bring a flashlight next time).
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