Friday: The last day in Cape Town

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On Friday morning, we woke up and headed out on the scenic drive down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope. The entire drive was utterly breathtaking.  It was incredible to just watch the might of the ocean waves crashing into the rocks and cliffs along the shoreline.

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Just driving and soaking in the beauty was a great time to reflect on my experience with the learners at the school. We got out many times to take pictures. One location, we stopped and were able to get out and walk along the beach, and climb on some large rocks on the shore. Between some boulders were shallow tide pools full of tiny sea life. We found brightly colored sea anemone, and even live starfish.

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It was incredible that just the night before one of the administrators used a starfish analogy to thank us for our work. He said that after seeing conditions in the school system and in the country in general, we might not feel that what we have done on just one week would have made a difference. When walking along the beach if one sees a starfish washed up on the sand, if everyone could just toss one back in, the starfish would be safe in the water. Seeing the tiny detail of the star fish and sea anemone, and the greatness of table mountain and the ocean remind me that God created it all. Everything and everyone on this earth was created carefully and with a purpose. It reminded me to live my life with intention in all that I do. I want to take the extra step to make someone smile. I want to use my talents and gifts to help another life.

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Once we got further south we entered into a national park where we were able to get out of the van and stretch our legs. We hiked to the southernmost point of Africa (which is actually just east of the Cape of Good Hope). This was a great lookout point complete with a post showing the distance and direction of many cities from that point.

New York 12541KM

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We were told that many times tourist spot whales from the cape. We kept our eyes peeled and even thought we spotted one. After if didn’t move in the water for over a few min, we were able to locate the binoculars, to check out….a rock.  It made for a good joke the rest of the trip. We saw many [whales] rocks throughout the rest of the trip.

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A traditional Whitney head stand picture at the Cape of Good hope!

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We came across some funny looking lizard guys that seemed like baby crocodiles!

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Then we came across a couple of ostriches. They were very interested in our van!

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And then some baboons surrounded us.

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After a great morning of driving and climbing we headed into the countryside where there are many wineries and vineyards that produce the delicious South African wines. We have the pleasure of visiting the Stark- Conde winery that is owned by a fellow Mizzou Grad who met his wife overseas and moved to South Africa to be near her family. Once here, he entered a wine making contest and was so successful, that he now owns this enchanting winery. We were able to sample the wines while sitting on an island surrounded by mountains. Such a cool experience!

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We concluded our list night in Cape Town with a “cheers” to Mizzou in South Africa!

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