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Exploring De Hoop - Ocean House Part Two

What's a puffy?


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We quickly unpack our bags to get a bit organized in our new digs and meet up to go for some dune boarding and sundowners on the dunes near the beach. We all take a turn on the boards, I am not brave enough to stand, but I like sitting on the board and sliding down. It's not much different than sledding and snow boarding it's just a lot warmer and you can go with bare feet. This weather is for me. We are drinking or choice of wine, beer or gin and tonics as we watch the sun going down over the dunes with the wavescrashing on the beach in the background.
I am trying to absorb the essence of where i am in this great nature reserve. We are at the point where the sand dunes end and the rocky cliffs begin. You can walk for miles zigging and zagging up, on and over the small strips of beach. It's so relaxing after being jammed in the Jeep for almost four hours and the sea air is now our tranquilizer. We make our way back to the house and have a little time to get ready for dinner.
After a great hot shower I wander out to the patio where a beautiful table waits for us, the candles are lit and the fire is burning bright. On the way I am noticing the beautiful details in the house, each room with large picture windows inviting the outside to come in. The decor says come stay a while, or sit here an read a book, have some tea or take a nap on me. But there is no time to wander now dinner is ready. We start off with an amazing beer batter bread, I could have stopped there. The chef promised it is a very simple recipe 500 grams bread four, 1 peroni beer, 2 tablespoons baking powder and 2 tablespoons of sugar, mixed tougether and sprinkled with cheese, in this case cheddar then baked at 180C. (Don't blame me if it doesn't turn out) I just loved the consistency and definitely wanted more. Next comes a filet steak cooked to perfectionand a great wine, what more can you ask for?
As usual dinner conversation centers around the question, "Are there any snakes here?" Allan asked this question wherever we go. It's always the first question and never the last. The answer, surprisingly enough is usually, "hardly ever," or "10 years ago in the parking lot," or " not this time of the year." South Africa is known for it's dangerous venomous snakes like the black mamba, puff adder and more. Some move fast and are afraid of people or not interested, some territorial, some move slow but who cares, we don't want to see them. And then there is the law of attraction.
After a beautiful breakfast the next morning we take off from the house across the path and through the fynbos, more questions about snakes and we are told it is almost winter and it is very unlikely we would see a snake. They live in the low bushes and eat mice, etc. Not five minutes later we spot a dangerous puff adder slithering across the path stretching about 4 feet, they are kind of fat and have a big head with yellow and maybe some orange, I assure you I am not that close. A puff adder, aka.'PUFFY', 15 feet away! He is clearly not interested in us. Allan amazingly brave, but as Teresa said, "We almost lost Clive."
Somehow we all survived the sighting and carried on for a long hike up and down the sandy path for a couple of miles in the 90 plus degrees. The water of the Indian Ocean is quite cold, it's deep blue and in the shallows more green in color. It was a calm day, hardly any wind and hotter than any day recently our hosts could remember.
By mid day we are ready for a break and we have a nice lunch on the beach under umbrellas to keep us cool. I become the official photographer while everyone plays volleyball, Calvin, Admire and Tight give Allan, Clive and Tee a run for their money. Everyone had fun, but I am thinking the Ocean House staff probably wish we were a bit better at volleyball , but never let on if they did! Admire and Tight, brothers from Zimbabwe are great athletes and were as competitive as Clive and Allan, which made the match even more fun.
With no puffy's in sight we relax and enjoy our lunch on the beach.

Posted by Lauriesam 07:09 Archived in South Africa Tagged #offthebeatenpath #southafrica #dehoop_naturereserve #oceanhouse_morokorufamily #africanadventure #snakesliveheretoo #pufadder

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