Eryn leading a mare with little Bethany riding bareback
Debbie (ahead) leading a gelding carrying young Elijah
Note: Not one of these little ones get their horse-riding ability from their paternal grandmother. Although in my forties, I took part in a charity out-ride over a distance of 43km, I had never before been on a horse (and boy, did my nether regions let me know this) and never again got onto one. It's a strange phenomena: I love all animals but am petrified of a horse. I cannot even keep my hand open to offer a horse sugar cubes!
Over the weekend, John took Eryn (10 1/2) and Joshua on a serious hike up Cathedral Peak. Now here I can relate: I have hiked quite a number of the Drakensberg Passes with and without Grant over periods ranging from one to four days. New Year 1999, Grant and I joined Debbie's parents and all the young people (now our adult, married children who've produced these beautiful grandchildren) on a week-long hike from George to Knysna across the Outeniqua Mountains - distance 110km.
Cathedral Peak * is a free standing mountain3004m high, in the Drakensberg range. As a family we first climbed it in the mid-eighties when the then 14 year-old John introduced us to hiking in the mountains. When I see the gully below which is almost at the top of the ridge, I can remember arriving at this point at midday (we'd been hiking since before sunrise) and the utter exhaustion but also the exhilaration the first time we ever did it!
*Do please click on the link to see a view of the mountain.
Eryn, front and Joshua up ahead in the gully leading up to Cathedral Peak
Intrepid hikers since a young age
Joshua enjoy a cuppa at Bell Cave. Eryn is already in the tent!
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.