Cape Town downpour

Some sample wines and food helped take the chill out of the excursion

Some sample wines and food helped take the chill out of the excursion

Canopy walkway at the Cape Town Botanical Gardens

Canopy walkway at the Cape Town Botanical Gardens

Cape Point at the tip of Africa has many shipwreck stories

Cape Point at the tip of Africa has many shipwreck stories

A colony of South African or “Jackass” penguins at Boulders Beach

A colony of South African or “Jackass” penguins at Boulders Beach

June 2014

Hi flood fans,
      It’s been raining for almost 36 hours now in Cape Town, so after walking around the botanical gardens, lunching on grilled ostrich,  and checking out the waterfront
yesterday we decided to rent a car and see if the moisture would follow. Armed
with a chatty GPS we headed out of town this morning, only to drive into a
spectacular hail storm that drowned out the GPS voice very effectively.
Undaunted we made it to Betty’s Bay to wander among the penguins in the
downpour, and enjoy the coastal driving as the waves crashed among the rocks.
One striking sight was the marauding baboons along the streets of Gordan’s Bay
who delighted in tearing apart bags of trash laid out for the morning pick-up,
or easily hopped over 6 foot fences to have their way with trash cans in the
driveway.

      Soaked but not deterred, we pressed on to the wine region and found a great lunch spot in Stellenbosch for some sample reds and whites from the vineyard to compliment our chorizo tapas and Persian lamb wrap. Our GPS brought us back to the hotel with nary a wrong turn, and after a brief nap, we are enjoying the  quiet of the hotel while most of our clothes are hung to dry out in the room.
     It may be of interest to inquiring minds that our first night in Cape Town was spent in Bob’s carefully selected no star B & B near the waterfront, but after a fairly heatless night in near freezing temperatures, that selection was vetoed by Pat’s majority opinion. With little fanfare we toured a few upgraded properties and moved to a luxury 4 star hotel even closer to the waterfront that included not only a heated room but a breakfast fit for a sheik and his full entourage. Naturally my protests were squashed like a bug and it looks like we’re here for the duration, but I’m flexible and will keep my complaints to a minimum.
    We’ve got the rental car for another day and hope to drive down to Cape Point to see the tip of the continent tomorrow, so hopefully the forecast of sunshine will prevail. Hope your rainbows are complete and your sunshine is brilliant.
Cheers,
Drip-dry Bob