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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Garden Route

The Garden Route in South Africa is pure pretty. This view from the mountaintop where we’re staying shows the little town of Great Brak along the coast of the Indian Ocean.

May 5, 2009

We get to see all this gorgeous scenery, but there’s a reason behind it all. We’re trying to draw others to Christ. Jesus said, “And I, “If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” He was lifted up. He died on a cross, which is not a nice way to be lifted up, but He paid for our sins by His death. He didn’t deserve to die, His was a sacrificial death. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
So we want to lift Him up in another way, to let everybody know that He cares for them, that He wants them to be His children, followers of Him, and obedient to Him. I’d love to help someone reading our blog to come into the Kingdom.

He is God the Creator of this sunrise! He deserves our praise and worship, and I just can’t help it when I see a sunrise like this.

We have 2 of the friendliest little “burritos” you’ve ever seen, right in front of our cottage on the mountaintop above Great Brak.

Timmy’s doing Footprints on our Land, a South African curriculum which teaches SA history from 1488 to 1902. He built a little Lego fort as we read about the first fort at Cape Town.

The perfect field trip came along: the Bartholomew Dias Museum in Mossel Bay. The full size remake of Dias’s ship was the highlight, but none of my pictures of that came out so great so here is an impressive model made out of sugar!

I just loved the stained glass windows with history lessons in them.
The maps were way beyond functional, true works of art.

We also did a hike to a Dam.

Here’s our hikers as we began:

And here’s our hikers as we arrived at the dam.

We still had to go up 434 steps to view the dam from the top.

And then all the back down, and down the trail to get out. It was quite a workout, but very satisfying.

1 comment:

  1. Your trip sounds amazing, I too enjoy hiking and I would highly recommend Plettenberg Bay, there you can hike the Robberg Peninsula or Harkeville forest, well there is a lot more but those where my choices. I Stayed in a backpackers there called Starling Village Backpackers, this place is in the country of Plettenberg Bay and the people are so hospitable. What an amazing stay I will go back in a flash