September 10, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Happy Rock Monster

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Happy rock monster, marking the trail to Suicide Gorge.

Back in January my husband and I took a day trip to the Hottentots Nature Reserve outside of Cape Town, South Africa. We walked a few miles in the reserve, including towards the start of the famous “Suicide Gorge” although we did not hike along the gorge itself. We’ll save that for another day, with a group of friends including an experienced kloofer (kloof in Afrikaans means “cliff”, so kloofing is probably best translated as “canyoneering”). While we were walking along the trails, we encountered the smiling rock monster shown above. Doesn’t he look happy, in a creepy sort of way?

Here are a few more pictures from our hike:

A winding path and wildflowers.

To Suicide Gorge!

Posing with some rocks #1.

Posing with some rocks #2.