Walking Update 13: Back to the Treadmill

Almost exactly one year ago on the 8th August 2012 I started a walking for exercise project  and called it Walking Wednesdays http://wp.me/p2BDQm-4S  2012/08/08.

In the meantime, life happened and I was forced to abandon the walking due to a foot problem. Now 6 months after my foot operation, I am able to resume my walking programme.

In my previous series of walking posts I explored the beautiful Eastern cape region from East London to Coffee Bay.

As it is August and time for the arid areas of the Cape West Coast and the semi desert of Namaqualand to be transformed into a floral wonderland, I chose this area for my next destination. These wild flowers are one of the natural wonders of the world and attract many tourists, artists and photographers from around the world each year.

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The flowers usually start flowering in late July or early August. The sun shines from the north in spring and as the flowers only open when the sun is shining, they usually face north. Therefore, it is best to approach the flowers from the north, starting at the small town of Springbok and the Goegap Nature Reserve.

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The flower season is dependent on the winter rains, the wind and other weather factors, and the displays vary from place to place each season.The towns along the route are small and one can usually get good information on the best places to view the flowers from the friendly locals.

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So I invite you to join me each Wednesday as I report on another town along this route from Springbok in the north to Clan William in the south .

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