A different swimming experience
My kids invited all their cousins to come over for the holidays. Our house was full and there were children everywhere. My children are excellent marketers and they sometimes over-indulge their audience with their recount of our family exploits.
This time my wife and I were left with the responsibility to deliver on their promises of fun, sun and adventures in the wild. By now our guests were looking forward to a holiday with a difference. We decided to go for a day picnic on Christmas Eve.
Driving long distance to our destination was immediately off the negotiation table, as we had to drive in two cars to ferry all the small people. So we opted to further explore Table Mountain National Park. We decided to go to the Silvermine picnic and braai site. Lucky for us, we had our Wild Card, which gives us access to the Table Mountain National Park. So we didn’t pay extra at the gate.
We were impressed by Silvermine. My kids loved the boardwalk and lazing on the edge of the dam under the bushes and trees. The boardwalk, around the reservoir, triggered their sense of adventure to follow the road into the yonder unknown. We made ‘camp’ at the edge of the dam on our camping chairs and blankets. The kids jumped in and out of the water. They scratched the surface underwater for wood debris and pebbles. The mother geese and her goslings, criss-crossing the water surface, provided the right entertainment to create a different swimming experience for the children and their gasping guests.
The weather was warm, with a gentle breeze and the sun trickled through the leaves onto the kids playing at the edge of the water. There were plenty of photo opportunities and memories worth recording. The day turned out perfect, just the way the kids hoped it would be. Needless to say, we were the favourites of our nieces and nephews.