Ever seen this before?
Much older than humans and more beautiful than most things, this majestic mix of quartzitic sandstone, granite and shale patiently serves as both the centrepiece and the backdrop of Cape Town… It’s unique mystery is not limited to its stunning appearance, the estimated 2,200 endemic species of mountain fynbos (flora) are not found anywhere else in the Universe. In 1503 when Antonio de Saldanha scaled Platteklip Gorge for the first recorded climb to the top, he did not have a map or a path, just a determined will to get to the top.
Recently I had occasion to do the same, in exquisite company. We set out before dawn, grateful for the moonlight and savouring the eastern glow as it advanced with every uphill step.
Moonstruck – I always enjoy seeing my shadow at night…
That magic start of every day…
We made the most of our fresh legs and the even fresher air to climb the jeep track from Constantia Nek before the sun popped up. Several times I was blown away by the grand scale of the view that unfolded below and above us.
Looking South, South East
The views and the sweetness of the mountain air kept getting better…
Early morning walkabout
The Table Top viewed from the Southern approach
Views from the top – when will you see them for yourself?
I have enjoyed dipping into Talesbytheriverbank (http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com) for some time now, having originally connected online exchanging comments about Sea Trout and other Salmonids in the River Thames. Yesterday we finally got to meet and despite what felt like an arctic breeze, we shared an afternoon of easy going conversation and fishing…
Mr Tales and Young Tales – what a pleasure meeting like minded gentlemen who braved the elements and rose to the challenge of the day’s fishing admirably!
Our mission was to connect Young Tales with one of Syon’s finest and although it took a lot longer than expected after the wind came up, we eventually sought refuge from the breeze and Mr Tales tied on the winning formula. Hardly any movement on the surface meant many probing casts and much patience endured by Young Tales – it is wonderful to see how they have learnt to operate as a team:
Young Tales has a knack for predicting the future and Judging by how adept he is with a fly rod, I foresee a lifetime of exploration and mastery of everything that fly fishing has to offer…
We sent a scout up ahead to scan for movement:
Returning to report back that he has a feeling we are about to catch something – (no pressure Dad!)
Mr Tales had mentally marked a few spots where a fish had moved and skillfully returned his fly several times before a beautiful rainbow finally connected… Seeing Young Tales spring into action and his remarkable calm despite his obvious excitement was a real joy:
Playing a 2.5lb trout is an adrenalin rush – this young man was having the time of his life!
Father and son did a great job landing their catch and ensuring Young Tales’s dinner (apparently to be ably assisted by the cats!)
Told you so! Young Tales predicted this moment and then worked hard towards it all afternoon – well done!
All in all, a day well spent in the great outdoors, passing on knowledge and adventure to the next generation. We look forward to future outings if and when our crazy schedules allow it.
This Gentleman’s love of fishing is easily apparent, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of antique tackle, different species and piscatorial current affairs makes for fantastic conversations… http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com
Thank you for reading, please return again soon!
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