As we grow older and approach that age where getting married, having children and buying houses are some of our day to day tasks we tend to loose contact with the people, friends and family we use to spend most of our time with.
It's really up to us to stay connected and make time for the people we want in our lives. So a couple of weeks ago me and a couple of long time friends hit the road to escape the daily grind and explore a place we haven't been. We all left from different towns at different times with the aim to meet up at a house we rented for the weekend.
Cars packed to the brim with fishing gear, dogs, camera equipment, an outboard motor and enough supplies to last for a couple of days our adventure started. We drove up the N2 heading west towards Heidelberg which took us about 5 hours as traffic out of Cape Town on a Friday afternoon can be quite a nightmare.
After enjoying another amazing South African sunset in our rear view mirror we eventually got to the dirt road that would take us to our final destination. In complete darkness we had another 65km to go, with fog so dense and low on the road it felt surreal, almost like we where sailing on water. After what felt like an eternity following light beams and smoke signals from the rest of the crew already relaxing we made it, drinks where made and stories shared into the late hours of the night.
The morning was spent making brunch, which felt like an Michelin starred kitchen, everybody had a job and meeting the new members of our family who where already asleep when we arrived the night before.
The boys then packed some fishing gear, camera's and a full cooler box and boated down the Duiwenhoks river for some exploration with the hopes of bringing home some dinner, it didn't happen. The girls spend the day with the little humans, hiking catching up and drinking wine.
More than one fire was started as winter in South Africa gets pretty cold when there is snow on the mountains. Drinks started flowing, food was made on the braai and the day's experiences shared.
Nothing really gets close to waking up to the sound of nature and the smell of decent coffee. Sitting next to the river heating up and watching the reflections on the water I can't stop myself from contemplating leaving everything in search of a minimal life, doing only what I really want. Building a tiny house or a boat and living with only what I need...
Before we knew it the family portrait was taken, hugs exchanged, promises of future adventures made and cars packed ready for the drive back to where money is made and days are filled with meetings and emails.
If there is one thing I learn on every adventure into nature which I would love to implement more and more in my life, it would be to live by these rules, less things, more experience.
Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm
Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 200 ISO