Comedy Gold: not the zip-line, which was a really fun way to spend the afternoon, but definitely not something you would send along to America's Funniest Home Videos. The funny bit happened after the zip line. Although I will point out the the act so named was described by an 11-year old boy, so your mileage may vary.
Now, zip-lining. The Garden Route is for tourists. And they have things along the Garden Route for tourists to do. The world's highest bungee jump, for instance, is along the Garden Route off the Bloukrans Bridge. This apparently does not appeal to our youngsters yet, for which I am extremely grateful. As an oldster, I'm not sure launching myself off a bridge to free fall until a rubber band snaps me back up again is the best thing for my skeletal structure.
As we were heading to what we fully expected to be our least engaging evening during the entire trip, with a random night booked at the frankly not all that compelling Port Elizabeth, we thought a bit of zip lining might be just the ticket. And it was.
We've done zip lining as a family before, in Ushuaia, although, as I searched back through this blog to link to it, I realized I never wrote about it. I wonder why? Perhaps there were no photos? Perhaps I was afraid of being sanctioned because I let my then 7-year old daughter slide through the trees? Whatever my reasons, there's no record of previous zip lining.
We chose this particular location, and as zip lining is quite the touristy thing to do there were quite a few options, because it was marketed as the Zip Lines Over the Waterfalls.
Alas, the "Waterfalls" are apparently not very active during the hot summer months. Ah, well, all enjoyed the afternoon slidding through the trees and across the not-quite-dry creek bed.
And who is the dorkiest one of all? Oi.
But, great fun. And off we headed to Port Elizabeth to spend our last night on the Garden Route. I have to say, I don't think Port Elizabeth has a lot going for it. It's a town on the ocean, so there are swimming beaches and given that it's South Africa, there are surfing beaches. But, all in all, I was pretty "meh" about the place. We were gearing up to turn left, head off the coast and venture inland, so it was more a point in the journey than a destination unto itself.
And, a random fact, I had one of the least appealing dinners I've ever eaten. It was a neighborhood joint, on the ocean, with a great view and a playground, so there was a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the food was not in the plus column.
But, and here we finally get to the crux of today's post: there was a Bouncy Castle. And a four second video. Tom's idea of Comedy Gold.
Tomorrow: We head inland, to Addo Elephant Park. Yeah, Animals!