Once we'd arrived at The Cavern car park, everyone alighted from their respective lifts. I took a photo of various people making their preparations while some (the organized ones, LOL) waited patiently. When I downloaded the photos, this tableaux really tickled me...
(I marked each person with a colored arrow to help with my explanations)
Red arrow: Meridith: our guide, still bootless and caught in the middle of watching the hand (just visible on left edge of photo) wielding a walking stick. BTW her niece wearing black ski pants/white shirt, a mischievous grin and also wielding a walking stick, looks like she's about to spank her aunt!
Yellow arrow: Betty: on her way back to see what the hold-up is.
Pink arrow: Trish: waiting patiently.
Blue arrow: Anthony, bending down to don his hiking boots.
Green arrow: Grant, leaning on his walking stick, also waiting patiently.
Finally everyone was ready and we headed up to The Cavern where the hike would start.
The beautiful Cavern - a popular holiday resort int the Northern Drakensberg
There were several dogs belonging to the owners of The Cavern. Here Trish pets a Springer Spaniel pup
Meridith, who breeds dogs, has a barking ringtone on her phone. Here a Ridgeback, a Boerboel and the spaniel pup mill around her as her phone
Looking down on The Cavern
Hiking down Cavern Valley: Alan (86), Anthony (76), Grant (66) Not sure the ages of Trish behind Anthony and Price behind Grant!
Boulder-hopping across a stream
Anthony gingerly steps across the boulders; Meridith walks straight through the water!
Betty striding along ahead
We crossed another stream but the boulders were so big and - to me - treacherously slippery, that I didn't take photos; I was too busy trying to cross without falling into the water!
Stopping in the clearing for breakfast
Jo and hiking companion, Di
Although we were in search of The Silent Woman, no-one actually knew exactly where it was. Betty - who was determined to see it - walked around the boulder behind me a Di (see photo above) and voila!
* The Silent Woman *
The men were dumbstruck: they'd never come across a "silent woman" before!
Another enjoyable hike with The Champagne Valley Walking Club.
HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU ALL!