Thursday, May 5, 2011

LAK17a now at Magalies, DG 808b now at Kuruman


LAK17a Glider ZS -GXA 



DG 808B Self Launcher ZU-KDP 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rather in Wilderness than Cape Town


When I woke up this morning it was another grey day at Wilderness and the general feeling was to be rather at Wilderness than Cape Town. There it was gale force winds and cold.

Above you see the canopy of the Big Tree

Kylie returned to Cape Town yesterday and it is all quiet here without her. Ian went to Henk (friend of Ian's) who is the owner of our previous property in Wilderness, while Kylie was getting ready to leave and later Ian came and fetched me.

Above you see the foot of the Big Tree.





The photo's that are with this entry was taken at the Big Tree that is situated close to Hoekwil. Ian was amazed with the mere size of the tree as the tree is plus minus eight hundred years old. It is an Outeniqua Yellow wood tree which is more scarce then the normal Yellow wood tree. I can remember my parents took us as kids to see the tree for the first time when I was about nine, ten years old.


While we were walking in the forest, we saw a women with a huge lens aimed at a tiny mushroom and the conversation immediately moved towards fairies as that is the general feeling you get in these forests:)




Sunday, December 26, 2010

King Fisher Hike


On Thursday morning Ian and I decided that we wanted to go for a hike and off we went to do the King Fisher Hike. The hike starts next to the Touwsriver at Ebb and Flow just before you  would cross the bridge that both car and train crossed. Ian did not know what to expect as he had not been there before and he was pleasantly surprised to see how many indigenous trees were present in the forest. I have been on a hike there last during 2008 with Hanno and Caryn. While walking we realized that we have to look out for little frogs as they were crossing the path
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The birds were very difficult to spot as they were hiding in the trees. Ian was lucky to see a Knysna Loerie. The forest were alive with birds and at one spot the frogs were croaking so load that my ears were singing:)

The pathway was very good maintained and also built in many places to protect the forest floor. Once we arrived at the waterfall, we were amazed how strong the water was coming down and I had to get my feet in the water. We were lucky to be the only people there when we arrived, but it did not stay like that for long. Once we were on our way back, many people passed us on the way and many children's immediate reaction were to want to know how far they must still go before they reached the waterfall:)

The hike is a total of more then 7Km and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We got to the conclusion that we would get very fit if we did this walk everyday:)


We crossed the river using the pont. Only a maximum of 3 people are aloud at one time.


Seeing the waterfall was a beautiful sight and worth the hike:)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wilderness


Since 1994 Wilderness has been my second home. When Cape Town got to much, that was where we came. That was until 2000 when Gliding entered my life when Adriaan started to fly gliders. Worcester then became where we were over weekends and Wilderness had to take the back seat to be only visited during long weekends and holidays, once or twice a year,


Once we got the Lambada during 2003, George became a popular airport to fly into while we were at Wilderness. We then would fly around the Garden Route up to Cape St Francis. This year the fog has been here every day and there would have been no flying so far.

I can remember the one day we were thermaling above Serpentine when the George Traffic Controller called us and asked us to return to George as the clouds were moving in. At the Map of Africa (entry point to the TMA) the Traffic Controller gave us permission to climb much higher then usual as we had to get above the clouds. We then had to find a hole again to be able to go underneath the clouds to see George airport. In the mean time a big aircraft was kept on hold for take off as it was the Controller's mission to get us safe on the ground. 


I can also remember the cross runway being closed because of some bigwig parking his big aircraft on it and the fact that the airport did not have the backbone to keep it open for the smaller aircraft to land in strong crosswinds. During summer there regularly were strong crosswinds and I saw some hairy landings by smaller aircraft as well as an incident with a wing being lifted on landing.


I can remember  us being warned when we took off that there was no cross runway and being told to find an alternative airfield to land if the wind direction should change. This all so that mister bigwig could play golf!



The bridge over Kaaimansriver.


The house on the right have been damaged so badly by a landslide that it is to dangerous to live in.

The infamous fog at Wilderness.