14 September 2012 – West Coast Peninsula Road Trip Part 2

#51 PA-TIETIES (GCQHDE)
Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster, South Africa

S32°48.864 E17°52.165

The next part of our road trip took us past Paternoster and Tietiesbaai and into the Cape Columbine Park.

#5 for the day is named after Tietiesbaai – a beautiful, natural, camping area situated in the Columbine Nature Reserve.

Visit PA Tieties at www.geocaching.com

#52 SS: COLUMBINE (GC2DTHX)
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster, South Africa

S32°49.076 E17°51.440

Again part of the Shipwreck Series, our #6 for the day is named after the Columbine, a British wooden snow of 280 tons that was wrecked on 31 March 1829 with no loss of life, while on a voyage from London to New South Wales in Australia with a cargo of British manufactured goods.

It is said that the surviving crew were so thankful, that they thanked the Lord by saying the “Our Father” (Paternoster), hence the name of the nearby town.

Visit SS: Columbine at www.geocaching.com

#53 SS: COLUMBINE LIGHTHOUSE (GC22TG2)
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster, South Africa

S32°49.584 E17°50.785

Another cache from the Shipwreck Series.  The Cape Columbine Lighthouse was set in commission on the 1st of October 1936 as the first South African lighthouse to receive all three navigational safety features – a light, a fog signal and a radio beacon.  It was designed by Harry Claude Lee Cooper.

He decided on the site known to the locals as Castle Rock, a massive granite outcrop a few hundred meters from the sea.  The design of the lighthouse is different from the conventional tapered circular tower, in that it is a tapered square tower with the outer faces of the walls recessed.  The building is painted white while the lantern is red.

Visit SS: Columbine Lighthouse at www.geocaching.com

#54 CA KIDS CACHE (GC198T7)
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster, South Africa

S32°50.540 E17°52.057

#8 for the day, and our last cache in the park, took us along a lovely, scenic coastal path and then up a huge sand dune for a beautiful view across Cape Columbine and an equal great spot to leave the Rosetta Geocoin we had brought along for the ride.

Visit CA Kids Cache at www.geocaching.com

Follow the rest of our road trip in Parts 1 and 3…

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