With a gift of spotted shade and birdsong from a farmer’s oak tree, we collapsed desperate for refuge from our arduous day.
Even the air seemed drowned and labored under the unrelenting sun.
Our walk started before sunrise and had continued almost without pause until this moment. We laid defeated from the midday heat. Exhaustion slowly weighed every one of us to down to the earth, and as we napped we were fastened like Gulliver to the ground.
I took this panorama, in awe of the patterns within the bight leaves and silhouetted branches, turned on my recorder for the birds’ song, and fell asleep straightaway.
As a National Geographic Young Explorer, Jay walked over 400 miles in the mountains of South Africa, completing the first trek of the entire Rim of Africa Mountain Trail, to help educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa’s first Mega-Trail. More at Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal.