Putting on my fleece

Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
Trip End Mar 12, 2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

i was pretty out of touch during my last few days in SA but have to admit that i very much enjoyed them. i made a change in my travel plans and stayed in Simon's Town versus Cape Town and that was the best decision i could have made. my hotel room had an incredible view of False Bay and i was a short walk away from Boulders where i spent many hours watching the very sleek and thin penguins in the colony. for a mere 30Rand, i was able to access the colony (via the boardwalk) and also the beach where you can just hang out, wade or swim with the penguins. whether i was laying down soaking up the sun or sitting with the penguins, i'd always know when another bird was headed my way. there is something incredibly funny about the pitter patter of webbed feet on the sand but watching them walk by is nearly as funny.

i had hoped to kayak while i was in Simon's Town and on Tuesday, i awoke to incredible paddling weather. the waters were calm and there was sun, sun, sun. it was beautiful! i had my own boat and couldn't wait to get out and have the chance to see the town from the water. Simon's Town butts up to the Table Mountain Range and it really is a dramatic setting. seeing it from the bay made me realize how massive the mountains really are. the one wave that nearly wiped out our group was also massive and came out of nowhere but after paddling like mad, we all made it over and were rewarded with a great view of the penguin colony. as soon as some penguins went in the water, they high tailed it back to the safety of the rocks. i couldn't believe how fast they swam but they were faster than the seal that wanted to eat them. good thing as i wasn't ready for a National Geographic moment! on the way back, we were heading into a warm wind which was a nice change to anything i have paddled into in California. it made for a longer trip back but i held my own. what a nice way to start the day!

there was a lot of fog creeping around from Cape Point and over from the Atlantic coast on both of the nights i spent in Simon's Town. it reminded me of good old Pacifica and i think it was saying it was time for me to come home. the fog was right, it was time. i was ready.

after 29 hours of travel, me, my luggage (including 2 bottles of wine and 1 bottle of olive oil) and my giraffe arrived safe and sound in SFO. i was particularly pleased with the fact that my bag wasn't dripping since it went through 4 airports on my epic journey home. i was even happier when the US Agriculture Department wanted to clean my hiking boots! if you ever have dirty shoes, just say you were on a farm and they will happily take the time to scrub the dirt off of them. as a matter of fact, this is the second time it's worked for me. sweet!

as i waited outside the international terminal, i had to don a fleece top to combat the breeze. it just isn't as warm here as in Cape Town....! Marie and mom came to pick me up and i was so happy to see their friendly faces! we all admired my tan and laughed a lot on the drive home. then they took me to get a monster burrito for lunch. oooooh burritos, how i missed you!

i was lucky to get 10 solid hours of sleep in my very own bed last night. it was delightful! the morning highlight was drinking fresh brewed coffee on my patio. i was sooooo bored with instant coffee and despite the number of times i tried, i never could get the balance of coffee mix to water quite right. why do people drink this stuff anyway? it should be banned.

when i got home yesterday, i was sad about Phantom but it really hit me this morning when i got up and he wasn't here to greet me. i'm happy to be home but i've cried a lot now that Phantom's loss is a true reality. when i'm upset i clean and let's just say that i have the cleanest apartment in Pacifica right now. my background music for the massive undertaking was the new U2 album. it was great to hear new music from them. there were some guitar riffs that reminded me of old U2, circa Joshua Tree, which i liked but i'll give it a 6 out of the gate though. it needs to grow on me.

i'd like to sign off on a positive note. my trip was amazing. thanks for coming along for the ride.
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michcrab on

Ah Ms T...the adventures! Thanks for a fun ride. More than that, thank you for keeping this South African in the loop as far as what's what in my old (and fav) City. I doooo miss Cape Town, miss Africa and your blogs made me laugh, cry and keep in touch with my homeland. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself and am sure the experiences (both good and um, shall we say challenging) will stay with you forever. And as a travel agent - I just want to send more Americans to SA so they too can experience how great it is! See you soon x

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