Today was a reality check. I have always been an active person and have been looking forward to hiking Table Mountain here in Cape Town especially after arriving and viewing it from the window of the dining room for several days. However, I was neither ready for the mental or physical challenges the route chosen would offer.
We chose to embark on our hike in the late afternoon hoping to bask in the glorious sunset atop the summit. Today was the hottest day of the trip so far, and one of the hottest Cape Town has seen in many months. We had scheduled two and one half hours for the hike. In order to arrive at the final destination and enjoy the sunset we needed to begin the hike at 16:00. There are many trail systems all around Table Mountain, however, the trailhead that David chose to hike was India Venster. I had read blogs and spoken with friends about the hike. All of them had said that the first few 100 meters were the worst. This I had planned on. I told both Laurie and David that I thought it would take me more time considering that I have been inactive due to back problems for close to 18 months. Let me just jump to the point and say, I thought I was going to die!!! When we finally got to the chains, I knew -with heavy heart- that I was not going to be able to complete the hike in enough time to catch the last cable car scheduled.
This was quite a defeating moment for me. One that has given me a lot of momentum in terms of getting back into physical fitness. However, the hike wasn't a totally failure. We chose to hike across the mountian instead of up the mountain which I am so glad we did. I got amazing pictures of the bay including the rolling fog settling over the entire ocean and shores of Cape Town. We ran into a Puff Adder (holy moly!!!) on the trail and drank from a natural spring. It really was an amazing experience. However, I do feel like I want to come back and tackle that darn mountain - India Venster and all!