Roaming the Cape of Good Hope, the ominous screeches of baboons taunted us, but we were unable to find them. It was the group's dream to see a baboon today, but sadly they did not want to see us. We searched frantically to get a glimpse and got nothing. However, the spectacular views of the diverse flora, and merging of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean mesmerized our minds. It was indescribable to see the incredible shorelines, cliffs, Dassies (an endemic rodent), black colored lizards, and a few ostriches. Even though it was quite the work out, it sure was worth it to hike to the most southern tip of the continent. It's a crazy feeling to be at the end of a flippin' continent. Even driving along the edge by the ocean was a weird feeling. I don't know what it is, but being at the very edge of something is real nice. It's terrific to be removed from society and noise pollution and other people in that way, at least for a little while.
Penguins on the other hand were in full effect, looking fresh in their tuxedos. Such excitement was felt since - who had a clue penguins were in South Africa? They were mostly chillin' on their stomachs, wobbling to an unknown destinations, and swimming with locals. We followed the adventure of 3 penguins that were best buds; Ron, Paul, and Jimbob, thus becoming the 3 Stooges. We added commentary to them as well, really amping up the situation. When it began, all 3 of them were on this rock chit-chatting about the day. Paul, who we feel was the "ring-leader" decided to shimmy down the rock to another location. With hesitation but determination and flapping of the wings, Paul slid down safely. Once one goes the rest follow. Ron stretched his neck and wobbled to the edge; looked down and contemplated on his decent. His first attempt failed so he stepped back and took a couple of deep breaths. Jimbob notices this and steps up, picks a point to slide down and goes. With newfound faith, Ron slides down that rock like no other penguin. We all opened in celebration. Later, right before we left, we saw the 3 Stooges still wobbling together, reflecting the ultimate goal we want to attain as a community.
Upon our return from the Cape Peninsula Tour, which was a long drive, a jam session ensued with Nate, Greg, and myself (Anthony). We busted out our drums that we bought and banged till our souls were content. Our rhythmic sounds ranged from unified beats and intense motion to solo outbursts and furious taps. Playing together, we bounced off of each other and learned new techniques. We're sure the whole block was bumpin' to our soulful sounds.
From Christina & Ant, with love.