This morning I woke up at 6:15am and went with my friends Zach, Dan, Michaela, and Sally to climb up part of Devil’s Peak (a part of Table Mountain) to see the sunrise. It was completely dark when we left and I had to wear yoga pants, t-shirt, sweatshirt and my North Face to keep warm. But as we moved higher and higher up the mountain we started shedding layers so I had to put them in my backpack. We first stopped at the Rhodes Memorial, which is a beautiful building with tons of steps and big columns. There are statues of lions on either side and a big statue of a man on the horse in the middle. By that time you could start to see that it was starting to get light out, so we didn’t stay very long.
After that we continued up a really, really steep trail to try and get to the King’s Blockhouse by the time the sunrise came. My back started to hurt pretty badly, so I couldn’t make it all the way up to the highest point in time. Zach and Dan had only 15 minutes to make and it decided to sprint the whole rest of the way up. Michaela, Sally and I stayed just below and sat on a flat piece of land we found to sit and watch. It was absolutely AMAZINGGG! I can’t even describe it. I tried to take a 360 panoramic view of the scene, but it will never do it justice. Hopefully I can find a way to stitch it soon so I can upload it! Waking up was a little hard (I could have slept for at least 2 more hours!) but it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. The foliage and trees and everything here are absolutely beautiful. It’s so incredible to live in a place that is so naturally beautiful.
I’ve never done very much hiking in my life before, due to the fact that I’ve never lived near the mountains, and I’ve already hiked two in the 5 days I’ve been in Cape Town! Life here is so exciting and fun… I can’t wait to see what other crazy things we do!