One can't help but notice Table Mountain on the way into Cape Town.  It looms above the city like few other city landmarks I've ever seen.  It's exceptionally impressive, and it becomes very obvious why the Portuguese explorers starting stopping off in the area, quite the welcoming sign.  For most people then a visit isn't really an "if" question, it's a "when" question.  

I was only in town for a week and a few small issues, such as oh...work... contrived to keep me from going up the mountain until nearly the last possible day, when I was in fact thinking of driving out of town for the rest of the trip.  So we woke up and drove over to the cable car, and we see this...

Cleaning the Table

Now to put this in perspective, nearly the entire week we were there, the sky was clear as a bell, and the sky was stunning.  It did look like Table Mountain had its own weather patterns on occasion, but it didn't appear to be an issue.  This however, was clearly an issue!  It's something like $25-30 to go up the mountain, so not something one generally wants to do if there is literally nothing to see.  A handy check of the iphone weather app indicated that it might clear up towards the end of the day, 30% chance or so.  So we decided to roll the dice and up we went into a cold and rainy cloud formation surrounding the mountain.  

Cleaning the Table

There we sat and walked around for an hour or more, seeing very little (hunting for dassies-just google it), getting wet, and generally freezing between coffee breaks.  These next two give you the idea pretty well....  

Cleaning the Table

Cleaning the Table
Then...just as the phone said it would, about 45min before closing, this happened...

Cleaning the Table

and then we saw this....

Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
Cleaning the Table
.....needless to say we were happy with the results...

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