Sunday, April 1, 2012

In Cloud Nine


"When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, 
it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, 
earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it." 
 ~Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Saturday morning in Cape Town smiled sunshine and warm temperatures down upon us. Maybe not so warm to the locals, as it was approaching the end of summer while we were visiting, but to me...it was marvelous.  Table Mountain was on the agenda for the day.  It was going to be a great day to be atop a mountain, I thought, as I walked out of our hotel and beheld the view of the mountain before me.
Then I saw it.  
The cloud.  
It was looming over the very spot on the mountain where we were headed in just a little while.  It made us laugh for we do have a history of being in high elevations with terrible viewing conditions...this would just be added to the list.  It doesn't disappoint or surprise us anymore.
It is what it is...our destination...in a cloud.
a cable car ascending into the cloud

view of Cape Town from the cable car as we entered the cloud
The cable car ride up to the top of TM was pretty cool.  The floor inside rotated 360 degrees so everyone had a chance for a great view at one time or another during the ride.  The air, as we approached the top, was refreshing and sweet smelling.  It was difficult to believe how high we were above the city because of the walls of cloud that surrounded and held us there securely.
We ate lunch atop TM.  Table Mountain Cafe had a view unlike any other cafe in which I have dined...


It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are...
than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
~Henry David Thoreau

While in Cloud Nine, I saw a mountain lizard and a dassie.  It is said that the closest relative to a dassie is the elephant.  Really?  I did not get a great photo, but does this little fella look anything like an elephant to you?    

Amazing adventure atop TM in a cloud.  And, it was only the beginning of a glorious day.

"There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, 
who rides on the heavens to help you
and on the clouds in his majesty." 
Deuteronomy 33:26

2 comments:

  1. I have never heard of a dassie- and we are really into animals..I clicked over and no, it doesn't look close to an elephant to me, at all- until the feet, then yes, I can see the thought!

    Your meal at the Table Mountain cafe must have been magical, what a neat experience!

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  2. Those pictures are gorgeous! :)
    -Megan @thememoirsofmegan.com

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