Mt Hood

Mt Hood showed up this morning.

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Oregon

I’ve been down taking pictures along the Oregon Coast and in the Columbia Gorge. I had hoped to get a picture of Mt Hood but it stayed shrouded in clouds. So I spent the time in the Gorge chasing waterfalls – not hard to do since there are 77 of them on the Oregon side.

My Favourite pictures from the trip are under “Recent Favorites” at Smugmug.

Final Note

My favourite non-baby pictures from the trip are under “Recent Favourites” at: http://billrfoster.smugmug.com.

I’ve had the last one showing Craig climbing the sand dunes printed on art paper and it will be on the wall of the entrance hall to our condo.

Namibia

Craig and I spent 5 days in Namibia while Julie stayed with the boys and Marguerite & Wayne headed off for Swaziland.

The trip to Namibia started with a 4×4 (Land Rover) trip to a Lagoon called Sandwich Harbour – driving over the dunes and a lunch laid out in amongst them. The driver was quite a character so made the trip interesting.

The following day we did a living desert tour of the little five – salamander, gecko, chameleon, dancing white spider and sidewinder snake. It was pretty impressive watching the guide find the little creatures.

Then we headed to Sossusvleit (the big red dunes) – starting at 9 am with the expectation of getting there by 3 pm over very rough roads. Around 1 pm we came across a few thunderstorms. It hadn’t rained here in three years and when it does, the water goes where in can so by 2 pm we hit a place where there was a river running across the road – no way to get across without a 4×4. The locals were quite happy about the rain and being entertained by people attempting the crossing. One large truck got stuck and finally got towed out. We eventually were towed through the stream around 5 pm by a land rover from our resort – arriving at the resort at 7 pm in the dark.

Some pictures by clicking on: Namibia.

Drakensberg

For some pictures of our trip to the Drakensberg Mountains click on: Drakensberg Mountains. We did a bit of hiking but mostly just spent time with the boys.

Cape Town 2

Updated to Include Pictures from the Robben Island Trip.

The next day we headed off to the Cape Point, stopping in Simon’s Town for a cup of coffee and a look-see. We also stopped at Boulder’s Beach to see the African Penguins. We then had lunch before heading off to the point and had a near misadventure when the car stalled and wouldn’t re-start. Wayne backed into a laneway and tried it several times. It finally started just as we were in the process of calling Avis. We continued on to the Point and enjoyed wandering around the lighthouse, before heading back home,

Day 5 we went for a walk along the ocean in the morning, then drove to Avis to put a request in for a replacement car. We returned to have a wonderful lunch at a restaurant called NV80. We then waited for evening to go up Table Mountain. The fog rolled in to make for an interesting sight. We left the mountain in the dark – with the lights of Cape Town below.

Day 6 was our last day here. After a walk along the beach front, we went to the V&A waterfront for lunch and then to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years. The tour was very interesting with the prison tour done by one of the ex-prisoners. After the tour we went to a great restaurant “Il Leone Mastrantonio”,  recommended by Louise. Pictures are at:

 

Cape Town 1

Our apartment here is an old house and is great – two blocks from the waterfront at Sea Point; it is very spacious – with a nice large balcony for sitting with a glass of wine after a day touring around. On our first day in Cape Town we went on the hop-on-off bus and stopped at the V&A waterfront, Bo Kaap neighbourhood and Camps Bay.

The second day we headed out to the wineries – taking in three of the wineries recommended by Louise & Craig and by our friends Chris & Toula. We started out at Babylonstoren which has phenomenal grounds. After wine-tasting there we headed over to Boschendal for lunch. The restaurant was closed for renovations (see the picture of the new restaurant with a view of the mountains), but they were still serving lunch outdoors. After lunch we went into the Manor house (now a museum) and then to an outdoor setting for wine-tasting. We bought a few bottles of wine and then drove to Grand Provence – great art gallery and another wine tasting. We bought some more wine there and then headed home to have wine, cheese and cold cuts on our balcony.

Today we started with a walk – competing with a cancer walk run on Beach Avenue. Then we headed out to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. On the way there was a craft sale so stopped in there to browse. Kirstenbosch had several events going on including a free concert, and given that it is Sunday today there were a gazillion people there – so we decided to pass and headed off to the Groot Constantia winery for lunch. We then headed off to Hout Bay before coming home.

Click on the following to see pictures of the three days: