And it was nothing compared to what lay ahead.
We woke up last Friday morning (to quote, Derek Van Damm, our local weather forecaster) to a "substantial cold front". Which deposited loads of snow on the mountains. In July????! It even closed national roads in the Karroo - and that seldom happens!
|Snow on the mountains - peeping out below|
|Not just the mountain in front of us, but every|
mountain top in sight was liberally sprinkled with snow
|Could we reach it...?|
|The view down the valley on the Tradouw Pass|
|I'm always amazed at how such mountain passes|
were built using the antiquated tools of
Unfortunately, the snow was too high, and I wasn't keen to damage the flora by driving along mountain sides to get to it. If it had been in reach of the tar road, or there had been a firebreak road which we could have driven along - well, that would have been a bonus. But veering off the road - that's not my thing. I have too much respect for what Mother Nature has created.
|Buffeljags River - in full flow|
|A road towards the village of Buffeljags - underwater|
from a rain formed dam to the right of the road
|The older wooden bridge on the right,|
and the newer steel bridge on the left,
with the "road" in the centre.
|A wonderful scene - the perfect end to a brilliant day :)|