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Amazingly, scenic hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town

An iconic photo from our trip!; Lee loved Cape Town so much that he's already looking at making a return visit

An iconic photo from our trip!; Lee loved Cape Town so much that he's already looking at making a return visit

I was elated to finally reach the top of Table Mountain; I hiked up it 3 1/2 years ago taking a different route but this route was much longer with much more up and down

I was elated to finally reach the top of Table Mountain; I hiked up it 3 1/2 years ago taking a different route but this route was much longer with much more up and down

The main feature of Table Mountain (3563 ft) is the level plateau approximately 2 mi from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs; Table Mountain is the only terrestrial feature to give its name to a constellation

The main feature of Table Mountain (3563 ft) is the level plateau approximately 2 mi from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs; Table Mountain is the only terrestrial feature to give its name to a constellation

This view of Table Mountain is what locals refer to as the tablecloth since the clouds often roll in and completely cover the top of the mountain; this can occur with little notice making for a dangerous situation for hikers

This view of Table Mountain is what locals refer to as the tablecloth since the clouds often roll in and completely cover the top of the mountain; this can occur with little notice making for a dangerous situation for hikers

Lee and I at the top of Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature; I was exhausted and very thankful that the cable car, operating since 1929, was there to take me down the mountain

Lee and I at the top of Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature; I was exhausted and very thankful that the cable car, operating since 1929, was there to take me down the mountain

About 92% o the species Protea occurs only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land in South Africa; the protea is South Africa's national flower representing change and hope

About 92% of the species Protea occurs only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land in South Africa; the protea is South Africa's national flower representing change and hope

This rock formation on our long hike up Table Mountain is called the camel; our tour group was lucky to have a sunny day since the top of Table Mountain is cloud-covered more than 300 days a year

This rock formation on our long hike up Table Mountain is called the camel; our tour group was lucky to have a sunny day since the top of Table Mountain is cloud-covered more than 300 days a year

Red crassula flowers on Table Mountain; this perennial is a small, succulent shrublet that grows up to 16 inches tall and is native to South Africa

Red crassula flowers on Table Mountain; this perennial is a small, succulent shrublet that grows up to 16 inches tall and is native to South Africa

Lion's Head looks so little when seen from Table Mountain; the city of Cape Town doesn't have many great sights but the surroundings are just spectacular

Lion's Head looks so little when seen from Table Mountain; the city of Cape Town doesn't have many great sights but the surroundings are just spectacular

The Table Mountain ice plant is a hardy, drought-tolerant ground cover that forms a ground-hugging carpet that faithfully blooms season after season; it is one of the many wildflowers we saw hiking

The Table Mountain ice plant is a hardy, drought-tolerant ground cover that forms a ground-hugging carpet that faithfully blooms season after season; it is one of the many wildflowers we saw hiking

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