29 February 2012 – Leap Day under the Milkwoods

#9 UNDER MILKWOOD (GC1FMC9)
Piet-se-Bos next to Grotto Beach in Hermanus, South Africa

S34°24.782 E19°17.274

We decided to celebrate Leap Day by finding our first multi-cache along a fairy trail under a spreading milkwood forest located right next to Grotto Beach – one of South Africa’s longest standing Blue Flag Beaches.

“The sunny slow lulling afternoon yawns and moons through
the dozy town. The sea lolls, laps and idles in, with
fishes sleeping in its lap.”

(Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood)

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26 February 2012 – Motoring through Montagu

#7 OLD ENGLISH FORT 1899 (GCGJTD)
Cogman’s Kloof near Montagu, South Africa

S33°48.133 E20°05.665

On our way back home from blending our own wine at Excelcior near Ashton, during the Hands on Harvest Festival – a lovely full-bodied 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet, 20% Shiraz, we decided to stop along the way to grab two quick caches.  The first one being near the old fort on top of the rock arch over the Cogman’s Kloof Pass.

The pass was built by Thomas Baines in the 1870’s.  The fort followed in 1899 to control access during the Anglo-Boer War.

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#8 LOCOMOTIVE BREATH (GC1668J)
Ashton, South Africa

S33°49.973 E20°03.851

Our second cache for the day was a magnetic micro hidden on decommissioned Class 14 CRB locomotive No 2010.

This class of locomotives were designed and build by the Montreal Locomotive Works in Canada between 1910 and 1922.  No 2010 was commissioned in 1919 and used on the Worcester-Mossel Bay rail section until 1983.

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4-8 February 2012 – Jumping along the Crags

#5 THYME AND AGAIN… THYME TRAVEL (GC26EJX)
Near Keurboomstrand in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

S34°00.366 E23°24.666

To celebrate Blonde Suikerbos’s birthday, we decided to mark it with a half-week holiday along the Garden Route.  We enjoyed the typical road trip – a quick drink in Swellendam, lunch at the Blue Olive in Wilderness and a braai at our cosy wooden cabin at Moonshine on Whiskey Creek located on the Crags in Plettenberg Bay.

We hiked the creek, visited Old Nick’s and Thyme and Again’s Farmstall, we walked the Tsitsikamma forests and celebrated a drink at the Dalene Matthee memorial, before ferrying ourselves off to watch the sun set over the Knysna Heads.  We traversed Nature’s Valley, enjoyed sundowners on the Lookout Deck and watched noisy, colourful birds ruffle their feathers at Birds of Eden.  But, everything was leading up to…

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#6 BREAKFAST CLIMB (GCWZMF)
Bloukrans Bridge over the Bloukrans River near Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

S33°57.924 E23°38.871

A proud jump of 216m, making it the highest commercial bridge bungy jump in the world.

1… 2… 3… BUNGEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Well done to the Blonde Suikerbos!

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