JONKERSHOEK NATURE RESERVE, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
― Lewis Caroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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When the opportunity for adventure knocks on your door, you should always consider it.  In retrospect, I had no interest in doing the hike. The midday sun was blazing intensely and the trail offered no shade to the exhausted hiker.  In spite of this, I braved the scorching heat and allowed  myself to be distracted by the view of the superimposed mountain.

Every step felt as if I had ankle weights strapped on my legs as we had  spent the last couple of days enjoying the delicious South African gastronomy and drinking renowned South African wines.  So, it was time to burn the extra weight we gained.  We ascended the mountain for an hour and reached the 2nd waterfall.  As you can imagine, I was already huffing and puffing by that time but overwhelmed with the magnificent view.

When we got to the 2nd waterfall, no one was there except us.  We took the moment to appreciate the wonderful and serene place.  The icy cold water falls into a small, crystal clear natural stone pool with a small grotto hollowed out by years of the waterfalls’ intense flow.  A perfect setting to quiet our minds and rest our weary bodies before we descend from the mountain. It was wonderful to sit on a rock and silently meditate while absorbing the vibrational energy of the place – an experience I haven’t had recently.  

“There is no drug on the market that can rival the number of beneficial physiological effects that water is capable of producing, and it is widely available (unless you happen to be in a desert) and cheap. In fact, there are no substances known to man that possess as many remedial and health-promoting qualities as water. Its therapeutic qualities include sedative, antipyretic (reducing body temperature, anodyne (analgesic,), anticonvulsant, astringent, tonic, anaesthetic, and derivative.”  Source: Internet Health Library

 

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