“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.”
JOHN MUIR (1838 – 1914), American naturalist and environmentalist
A poetic and evocative piece of writing, but this quote does not hold true for everyone. Some would prefer to talk about tasting the “fear of the mountaineer”; others would assert that no wind could ever blow freshness into them, only destroy their hair-do. But if this quote tugs at your heartstrings, then hiking up Table Mountain should feature high up on your bucket list.