“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.”
– Wilfred Noice –
Hiking up Table Mountain the other day with a group that gave every impression of getting some exercise rather than experiencing nature and having an adventure, I was pleasantly surprised when they paused several times along the way to savor the solitude and natural beauty and remarked on the fragrant smells of the vegetation we were passing through. They had set out with the sole intention of doing a long route as fast as possible, and there they stood halfway up the route, enraptured by the views and smells and rock-formations and peace. The realization had dawned on them that hiking Table Mountain was a more profound experience than merely getting a good round of exercise.