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March 13th 2013
Published: March 13th 2013
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The inversion layer is higher than Table Mountain meaning the "table cloth" of clouds is on.
March 13, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) Cape Town is South Africa’s second-most populated city with nearly 4 million people. Located on the province of Western Cape, it is home to the National Parliament (though the capital city is Pretoria) it is the legislative capital of the country. The city is famous for its harbor as well as its natural setting including such landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point and is located on the shore of Table Bay. The city was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.

We spent a day touring parts of the city and parts of the peninsula seeing some of the amazing sites. It presents an eclectic collection of cultures (Afrikaaner, Malay, European and African), geographies (winds, ocean currents, flora, climates) and interestings sites. Amazing mountains, rocky beaches and oceans. One of the Western Cape’s claim-to-fame is its unusual floral biodiversity, for which it has become one of six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Much of this diversity is due to the immense number of plants in the fynbos biome – a fire-prone shrubland. We experienced much of this in an impressive stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden this evening.

When we were leaving the plane in Cape Town last night, the pilot made a comment that the southeastern winds were picking up and everyone should be careful on their way home. I didn’t realize that they meant it literally. We experienced it first hand – one of our team lost a pair of glasses from a wind gust that blew them over a cliff to the ocean. The straight line winds here take lives every year. Who’d have thought an Oklahoman would think anywhere else was “windy”? The South Easter winds have an interesting relationship to the Table Mountain on the cape. Given the level of inversion, it often keeps the clouds on the mountain top giving it the appearance of a "table cloth".


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Dr. Pons and Farris strolling through the gardens.


13th March 2013

Looks very pretty over there. I will no longer complain about the winds here in Oklahoma though.
13th March 2013

Greetingd to RSA
Great pics, Lloyd. Is that Steve Fransen on the trip with you?
14th March 2013

No SRF isn't on the trip, but Tim is a medical retina specialist - from the UK.
14th March 2013
More white sand beaches

Its nice to see a beach that does not have a whole bunch of hotels on it! :) Pretty!

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