Thursday, March 21, 2013

{South Africa Day Four}

Our fourth day in Cape Town was adventure-filled!
We started the day with a drive to Simon's Town to see the penguins on the beach. 
Did you know you could see hundreds of penguins on a beach in South Africa? Incredible! If you go to Boulder's Beach you can actually stroll in the sand and get right up close to them - as in, inches away! 
The penguins are just the sweetest things and they didn't seem to mind the people around. There are very strict rules that you don't touch them or torment them in any way, so they seemed super happy to just be lounging in the sun. 
I really wanted to take one home, but apparently that's really against the rules. Too bad.
After Simon's Town we drove down the coast a little bit to Kalk Bay. It's a tiny little beach town with not much to it, but our hotel recommended the Harbour House for lunch. We dined on another giant platter of sushi and took in a gorgeous view. 
We barely had time to catch our breath before we went back to the hotel and changed into hiking clothes. We had heard that a sunset hike up Lion's Head was a must, but we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into! This isn't like the hikes we know and love at home. There were several times we were convinced the hike was over because we couldn't see a trail. Well, that's because you had to climb rocks and basically scale the mountain to get to the top. It was intense.
But as you can see, the view at the top was totally worth it.
Quick story on that photo of me standing on the rock with the city below. Corey really didn't want me to get on that rock. But I couldn't resist the amazing photo opportunity. So after 10 minutes of back-and-forth (me insisting it would be fine, Corey insisting I stay right where I was), I got on the rock :) I'd say the photo was worth the risk, right?
We ended this long, fun and exhausting day with an awesome casual dinner at the Royale Eatery (they specialize in burgers and Corey said his rivaled any burger he'd ever had in the States. Score!). Oh, and they also specialize in milkshakes. We shared an out-of-this-world banana and peanut butter milkshake. Hey, I had just scaled a mountain, I deserved it!
 {Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}