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Tuesday, February 9, 1999
Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa:
Latitude: 33° 54' 41" South
Longitude: 18° 23' 4" East
Altitude: 50 feet
From Seattle: 11516 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Cat & Moose

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Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Weather: Sunny

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Platteklip Gorge Table Mountain trail, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Platteklip Gorge, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Ocean Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Peninsula Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Mountain top Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Coast Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Giant rodent thing Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Lions head mountain and Clifton Beach Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Top ridge Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Lions head and Signal Hill Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Lions head mountain Arial tram, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Upper Station Arial tram, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 670
Linear Dist: 136183
Countries Visited: 49
Regions Visited: 184
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Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 77
Hostels: 177
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2424
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Journal Entry:
Woke up reasonably early. Decided I was going to climb Table Mountain. I'm pretty sure the others won't do it due to hangovers, but we're running out of time so I've decided to do it by myself if necessary. While I'm having breakfast, Craig decides to come with me. The others motivate enough to head for the beach.

Our plan is to hike up and take the cable car down. It ended up being a very hot day and by the time we actually start climbing it's a little after one. The climb is brutal (about 1,000 meters elevation gain) and it takes us about two and a half hours to make it up. It was like climbing big stairs the entire way - while in oven. Great move on my part was to leave my water bottle in the taxi - luckily Craig spared me a few sips, but by the time we got up I was more than willing to pay the outrageous prices for sodas. After sitting and doing nothing for a bit we wandered around the paved paths and checked out view points around the top. Then took the cable car down. The cable car revolves as it descends, which was a bit novel, but not really exciting.

Back at hostel take a well deserved (and needed) shower. Start to realize I'm going to hurt tomorrow! I walked down to the Waterfront (seems the daily routine) for diner and some shopping (bought myself a new toy as a reward for surviving Table Mountain). There was a detour on the pedestrian waterfront walk so I had to go through the more industrial section of the docks, and there was the NOAA ship Ron Brown - Stacy's old ship. Stacy had sent me email saying she thought it was going to be docking here, but it was still strange.

I'm leaving the waterfront well after dark so it's not safe to walk (especially by myself), and the cheap shared taxis don't run this late. I was expecting to have to take an expensive taxi - when a bus pulled up. I've been in Cape Town more than a month - I didn't know they had busses here! Ended up costing a twentieth the price of a taxi and dropped me five minutes from the hostel.

This weekend while I was away the hostel acquired a VCR! Tonight we watched The Jackal, then while everyone else watched Full Monty I did a little catch up work in my journal (I'm at least a week behind right now) - taking frequent breaks to watch a few minutes of the movie here and there.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Cape Town
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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