A Tablecloth of Clouds

1.30.2011

One of the things we wanted to do the most on our trip was visit Table Mountain.
It's called Table Mountain because the clouds float over its flat top like a tablecloth.

The problem with visiting Table Mountain is that it's closed quite often due to the high winds in Cape Town. Although it was closed throughout most of our trip, we were so excited that it was open on our 5th day in Cape Town. We headed there first thing in the morning ready to make our way to the top.

There are two ways to get to the top of this almost 4,000 foot mountain: hike or take the cable cars. Now I am all about taking in the scenery on a beautiful hike, but I knew I wouldn't make it in all my pregnant glory, so we opted for the cable cars.
The view from the top was gorgeous and we got a few shots before the clouds starting rolling in.

These people were repelling on the side of the mountain. Jesse wanted to do it but he didn't have the right shoes. :(

The restaurant and gift shop

It wasn't long before we were surrounded by clouds. It made visiblity a little bit difficult but it was pretty cool to actually be in the clouds.




Of course, what goes up must come down. Once I stepped back into the cable car and saw just how high we were, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous. It was a smooth ride, though.

We spent the rest of our day on a tour of Robben Island. Robben Island is an island that was used as a training and defense station during World War II, a hospital for patients with leprosy, and finally as a prison for political prisoners. It's the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. The tour started with a short ferry ride to the island. Then we were taken by bus around the island to see all of the different buildings that were used. The tour ended in the prison section where a former prisoner told us about his life as a political prisoner. It definitely wasn't something I would call fun, but it was interesting.



The prison buildings

Nelson Mandela's cell


A billboard showing the last of the prisoners being released
I hope I'm not boring everyone to death with my recap of our trip. I know it will be nice for us to be able to look back on this and remember what we did each day. Not to worry though- I'm almost through. I promise! :) Happy Sunday!
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