|Franschhoek from the pass|
The drive over the pass is stunning providing outstanding views of the Franschhoek Valley with the village nestled at one end. The route was originally used by elephants who used the valley as a birthplace. A wagon trail was finally built in the 1920s and since then it has been improved to the nice road it is today. Once over the pass, we drove thorough many miles of grain fields looking much like the Palouse country of eastern Washington.
After about two hours we arrived in Hermanus, much grown over the last two and a half years. We easily found Fabio’s, the restaurant we liked so much where we had a great lunch of pasta and seafood along with some good wine.
|Hermanus Shore Trail|
|A hyrax greeted us on the trail.|
Forty-five minutes later we were back in the car looking for a beach where I had spent mornings bird watching. After one false start where we ended up at a lifeguard training camp, we found the spot. At mid-day, I didn’t expect to see much, but we were still entertained by some flamingoes. Two of them even took the opportunity to fly closer to provide some better views.