A recent travel trend seems to have travelers seeking the absence of certain connections. In other not so confusing words, a lot of us are now looking for places that don’t have Wi-Fi/internet or frankly too many humans. Although travel is known to be a cure for other lack of connections too but our recent travel experience definitely confirmed that Mr.Tall and I are connected with each other beyond internet/television and the all mighty phone! I am not saying we can be Flintstones for life but lets just say, if one-day lightning was to take out cables of all sorts for a few weeks, we could survive on scenic walks, sunset views and wine (a lot of it!!).
Subscription to this evolving travel trend resulted in a memorable cave life experience in the KAGGA KAMMA nature reserve. This beautiful, odd, slightly questionable, mostly impressive and utterly magical place holds some of the many natural stunning sandstone rock clusters and cave formations in the Southern Cederberg mountains. I prefer to tell this travel story through pictures. Leaving details of latitudes and longitudes to my friend Wiki, a big show off when it comes to geographical and historical references.
These pictures are louder than words will ever be but even then I couldn’t capture the most moving of experiences on camera. I will nonetheless attempt to describe it in words.
As we walked the cobbled pathway from our cave to the dining area, Tall asked me to look up. I was concentrating on the narrow dimly lit strip of concrete that led us from our cave through the bush and rocks to the main restaurant. Looking up halfheartedly, I expected to hear something that Wiki had probably told Tall prior to the trip. As soon as I saw what Tall was pointing at, I let out a loud cry. A thick blanket of stars had become our celestial roof while a lone long cloud danced through them. Sam, a young passionate guide at the reserve happened to be setting up the telescope nearby and politely pointed out that the long lone cloud was indeed the MILKY WAY!
I was staring back at my galaxy! Thirty-four years of existence finally amounted to living, when the Gods granted us the vision of how he intended the world to be, Peaceful, Beautiful, Bountiful.
We proceeded to admire the constellations and the many moons of Jupiter and the many rings around Saturn until the Moon rose from behind the mountains and lit the sky.
The small torch I was carrying humbly conceded to the moonlight. There was enough light for all of us, there always has been.