Quote of the week – September week #4: The appreciation of landscape

“There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.  A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo.  Even a bicycle goes too fast.”

Paul Scott Mowrer (d. 1971) – American newspaper correspondent.

It’s doubtful Mr. Mowrer ever got to hike Table Mountain, but his sentiments on the appreciation of landscape certainly apply to Table Mountain hiking. I believe that physical contact with the landscape – having your feet on the ground – helps one connect with the landscape. There is no interference, nothing to elevate or alienate you from the surroundings, from nature. And being on your feet forces you to go slow and take in the sights and sounds, smells and atmosphere of the place.  Only by experiencing a landscape through all the senses can we hope to appreciate it fully.

Whether on a leisurely stroll along the Contour Path or summit plateau, or on a wild scramble up a forbidding crag, you will always experience Table Mountain better with your feet on the ground.

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