Well, not really. As you’re reading this we’re probably on the road, our vacation over. Please, take a moment to shed a tear for us. I understand – I feel the same way. On the other hand, I believe one should head home while one’s still having fun, otherwise you end your vacation with a sour taste in your mouth. While I’m avoiding potholes and engaging with fellow road users using the universal sign language developed for that purpose, enjoy these last few photos of our vacation.
On Thursday the rain stopped, so we hopped into the car and headed down the N2 highway to the seaside town of Wilderness. Here you’ll find probably one of the most beautiful beaches along our coastline. From where it starts against the mountains in this photo it stretches on for kilometres (miles) to the east. All they way you also have a view of the mountains and forests when you look inland. The top bridge in this photo is the N2 highway, also known as the Garden Route (guess why). The bottom is a railroad bridge. This is the railway along which the Knysna steam train used to run (as far as I can ascertain it no longer does as Spoornet (SA’s rail service provider) can’t afford crucial maintenance and repairs to the line, rather choosing to decommission one of the main tourist attractions in the region).
From Wilderness we made our way back, stopping at every little town along the way. The coastline is riddled with coves and small bays and over time holiday homes and camping grounds have sprung up in each of them. The first was Victoria Bay (named after Queen Victoria – the heritage of being a former British colony).
The next one was Herolds Bay. At that point the wind was picking up again, so we did not go for a walk on the beach. I did feel this house, built partially under the mountain, was worthy of preserving in a photo.
I wouldn’t mind living in any of these places, but I can only think how overcrowded they become in the summer months. Still, just being here and experiencing the beauty of nature did me a wealth of good.