The Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse (L2L) ladies held their second practice walk of the season on Sunday 15 November at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Gansbaai. Only 75 walkers could be accommodated and a total of 64 took part on the day. Among them were Kirsten Watson from Flower Valley Farm, and a few representatives from the L2L 2021 charities, including Sue Francken from Overstrand Hospice (the secondary beneficiary for 2021); Jenny Vorster from SOFCA; Phil Murray, Rebeccah Dames and Ruth Crichton from the Grootbos Foundation; and ladies from the Children’s Book Network.
The walkers, dressed in blue and sporting a variety of moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health, met at either Grotto Beach or in Stanford early in the morning, where buses were waiting to drive them through to the starting point of their walk.
The location of this practice walk was a first for the L2L Ladies and was organised in collaboration with Phil Murray and her team, who mapped out the route along Grootbos’s beautiful Fynbos Trail and on to neighbouring Flower Valley Farm, before looping back into Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Rebeccah from the Grootbos Foundation set a brisk pace for the walkers as she led the way along the 20 km hike.
The walk was breathtakingly beautiful with pincushions lining the trail, and seemingly never-ending rolling hills blending into the horizon. The ladies passed through a milkwood forest and then made their way down to a waterfall before relaxing under some trees at a dam for their lunch break.
The last part of the walk proved to be the most challenging, especially the last 5 km which had a steep incline, but the ladies kept going and made it to the end with smiles on their faces and their souls refreshed. This practice walk was tougher than any of the others the L2L ladies had done and it was a good way for them to see how much they still needed to prepare for the main walk next year.
Those who couldn’t make it to the practice walk on Sunday joined in on a virtual practice walk. They included representatives from Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation, Flower Valley Farm and the Children’s Book Network.