Monday, 10 April 2017

Hiking in Silvermine...

Candace and I have visited Silvermine Nature Reserve, part of Table Mountain National Park, many times over the years. Getting back to this quiet and peaceful place in the middle of the city was definitely a priority for us this trip. We were very excited to spend a day (Thursday, 16th March) hiking in Silvermine with my parents and Riaan in the carrier. It was so much fun! :)

 Driving south along the M3 Freeway. Silvermine is just off Ou Kaapseweg.
 Information board at the Silvermine Dam.
 Beautiful Silvermine Dam.
 Wearing Riaan in the same hiking carrier my Dad used when I was young.
 Walking away from the dam.
 Mom and Dad hiking up the trail.
 A sad reality these days. :(
 View towards Fish Hoek and Simon's Town.
 False Bay and the Muizenberg beach.
 King Protea plant. Proteas are part of the fynbos family.
 King Protea in the wild.
 Another member of the fynbos family of plants.
 Wild daisies.
 Fires burned much of this area back in 2015. There is still a lot of evidence from those fires.
 Termite mound at Silvermine.
 Riaan having lots of fun taking in the pretty scenery. :)
 View above Noordhoek looking across to Kommetjie. The beach is called Long Beach.
 Closer view of Long Beach, Kommetjie and Slangkop Lighthouse.
 Having a rest on the edge of a cliff.
 Hiking up towards the viewpoint over Hout Bay.
 Riaan waving back at his grandparents. :)
 Hiking along a lovely trail.
 Gorgeous view over Hout Bay.
 A pair of verrauex's eagles soaring high above the ocean.
 Family photo above Hout Bay.
 Many different lizards are common among the rocks here.
 Another mountain lizard.
 Hiking back down towards Silvermine Dam.
 Silvermine Dam getting closer.
 Egyptian goose at the dam.
 Candace and Riaan playing in the water.
The dam wall at Silvermine.

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