Penguins and ostriches, oh my!
Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
29Trip End Mar 12, 2009
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we had 3 penguins come through our doors and they are feisty as ever. 028 has bites on his face so it's understandable that he doesn't want to be handled but he didn't need to try and bite me! i wasn't responsible for his face issues. he is a candidate for handling with a towel and that worked quite well. there are a few penguins who i won't pick up without a towel. this doesn't mean that they don't manage to nip me though. 007 got my right forearm through my arm guard. i will have a nice bruise in the making to rival the one she gave me on my right calf. oh and 005 pecked my left knee cap. that hurt like crazy! despite all of this insanity in the pen, it was a great day. working on the weekend has its perks since it's usually quiet and relaxed around the hospital. this meant that i could sneak into home pen to visit Rocky the Rockhopper but he was indifferent. he got in the pool as soon as i came near. that hurt :-)
yesterday i went on the Peninsula tour and we had amazing weather for our grand adventure. i was really pleased since the blue water makes all the difference in my scenery photos. plus, i didn't want too much wind as we approached the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. it's notorious for being brisk and incredibly breezy but we were lucky.
our day started out by driving through Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay. i can't get over how beautiful this part of Cape Town is! our first official stop was in Hout Bay which is incredibly touristy and smelled of fish from the processing plant. yummy! it's also the home of the Duiker's Island boat trips. we went to see the colony of cape fur seals that hang out pretty close to shore.
Chapman's Peak Drive was next and is unfortunately closed about halfway down the road due to rock slides. the metal netting reminded me of Devil's Slide and the view made me think of California, specifically Big Sur. i was wishing that we could have packed a picnic and enjoyed it with Hout Bay and the mountains in full view. it was beautiful.
from what i hear, some Capetonians have never been to Cape Point and that's a real shame. it is such a large, lush and beautiful park.
we didn't see any zebra but we did catch 3 ostrich by the ocean as we left. it seemed so out of place...
because we were running late, we made a whirlwind tour of the Cape Point Lighthouse. the views of False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean were fantastic in the late day sun and like i said, there wasn't much wind. for the work it took to get up there, i would have liked to spend more time but we also wanted to walk the trail to the Cape of Good Hope. so much to do, so little time.
i'd been told to bring my hiking boots for this part of the journey and i was really pleased with that advice as there were some parts where i would have fallen flat on my face due to the terrain and poorly spaced (and narrow) steps. this is not letigious America folks and some parts of the trail were true knee killers and a bit dodgy from a saftey standpoint. the view from the "south western most point in Africa" was well worth it though. i can't think of a better place to have sundowners but the sun is currently setting after the park closes - darn it!
the ride home was pretty quiet. i dozed through my new Parlotones CD (which i quite like) but managed to rally to head out to Long Street in the evening. these late nights are going to break me but it's been so fun to get out and go dancing with lady friends.
i'm off to the Garden Route tomorrow. it will be so nice to have my own room and have someone drive me around to some cool places. i could get used to this! stay tuned for stories and pics when i get back, unless i can find time to hit an internet cafe along the way.
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