Today was the day scheduled for my hike over into Featherstone Kloof. The weather forecast on Saturday said that Sunday would be 30-35 Centigrade so I got up early at 5.40 and was off by 7.00. Unfortunately the forecast was wrong and as I trod slowly home at 12.00 it was 39! Far too hot. Fortunately I had spent quite a lot of time in the riverine forest at the bottom of the Kloof. Even so it was a 10km round trip with 200 metres up to the ridge and then 250 down into the Kloof repeated on the way home. You can see this on the little map
I was really looking forward to seeing some of the veldt flowers after all of the rain we have been having. So after a sorghum porridge breakfast I packed a snack lunch of cashew nuts, rice cakes, bananas and toffees with a vacuum flask of ice cold water and a bottle of fresh mixed juice. The hike over was straight forward though my camera began to misbehave and would only take black and whites at one point. I reset it once I got down to the cool shady picnic spot by the small waterfalls in the forest. Only too soon I could feel the hot air coming through the forest canopy so it was time to get off back up heartbreak hill and down into town. Cold beer and a cool pool were beckoning and I had a good set of pictures to share.