Day 11 Ai Ais
After a gruelling (almost) 2 weeks we decided to spend a day
at Ai Ais. This is where a lovely hot water spring with campsite is situated beyond the Fish River canyon. I woke to the twitter of birds and a peacefulness that I just soaked up for a while. It was the first time I could sleep late (as in 7am) and catch up on
my blog. I even ended up falling asleep later in the morning till the sun burnt me
out of the tent an hour or two later.
|4 Birds sitting close together|
|Waking me with lovely song.|
I tried working on my blog – yes, I must be honest, somehow
very little writing happened on the entire trip and it was good to spend a few
hours trying to get things in order. Toni had gone for a very long walk and
came back with some nice pics of the (almost) dry river bed.
|Fish River riverbed |
|A hint of water|
|Been a while since there had been rain|
|Trying to catch up with my blogging|
|A lovely view|
|Lunch. Chips and smash on bread - Yeah, don't ask! I have eaten tastier before!|
We went for a swim in the (so called) hot pool, but the
water was barely warmer than mom’s stare after she discovered I'd taken my
horse on a sightseeing trip through the house. I was also disappointed with the
stock in the little shop. No bread, no meat and definitely no fresh vegetables.
Since we had done extremely well with the finances and had some money left, we
decided to dine out and had Oryx steak for supper. My medium-rare steak ended
up well-done, but since it was meat, who’s complaining. The potatoes and
veggies (yesss… veggies!) were excellent.
|This guy has been cycling thousands of kms without legs|
As we left for supper, some hooligans with large cars and
even larger speakers for their music pitched up close to our tent. We were
relieved that we would be further away while having supper, but worried how we
would get sleep that night with the racket going on. Lo and behold, when we got
back, there was the hugest of huge fires burning but not a soul in sight. I was
not sure if they were asked to leave or had their fun for the night, as the
place was strewn with empty liquor bottles and cans. Since we had not been able
to have a fire for the entire trip, we each settled down on a stone and
thoroughly enjoyed the glorious fire, specially lit and ready for when we got back!
|Ai Ais campsite|
|My sentiments too!|
We could not stay up too late, as the next day was once
again an early start. Yet the day off gave me a good rest. In spite of the
rest, I faced bed with some dread. This would be my last night in a country
that had touched me in so many different ways. I hated the thought of leaving –
leaving a place that had unexpectedly crept into my heart. But off to bed now –
tomorrow will be a long day.
|Sunrise behind my tent|
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