Boulders Beach - one of the most famous tourist sights in the entire Western Cape, because of the famous penguin colony that calls it home. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of attractions like this, finding them overly touristy and tacky, but animals in South Africa have a way of turning even the most cynical of people into a giggling little kid. I mean, come on - who doesn't love cute and cuddly penguins? Of course, all the signs warning not to pet the penguins because their sharp beaks can do significant damage to people suggest that maybe they aren't so cuddly after all ...
The penguin colony is a must see, one of the funnest things we've done on this trip, which says a lot as there have been so many highlights. Oohing and aahing over every little penguin movement, every little penguin noise, the way they waddle, even when they just sit there and do nothing (which they seem to do a lot of), as we snapped picture after picture. Completely mesmerized watching a penguin waddle three steps and stop, exhausted from the physical exertion, only to begin waddling another three steps after a lengthy rest, then stopping once more, until five minutes later, it manages to move a grand total of five feet ... South Africa, what have you done to us???
You can't help but wonder what the penguins really think of the busloads of tourists that arrive all day, every day, if in some small way, they find us as entertaining as we find them. Or do they simply get annoyed with us? It appears to be mating season, as we both saw and heard penguins, uh ... shall we say ... getting it on, and also a number of penguins laying eggs. How would people feel if penguins barged into our homes, snapping photos and filming videos, giggling at us while we have sex, or while we're sitting on the throne and dropping a stone? Would we be as accommodating?
At any rate, a little Penguin Porn was a nice cap to the day's sightseeing activities, which in an episode of deja vu, strangely seemed to revolve around wine tasting and excessive consumption of some more excellent food. Our time in Africa has been jam-packed up to now, and after a ton of driving the past few days, it'll be nice to spend a couple of nights in a small town overlooking the ocean on a quieter part of the cape. We need to recharge the batteries a bit for our upcoming time in Cape Town, the last few days of the trip - gotta make them count!