On 14 November, people across the globe set their eyes to the sky to get a glimpse of the November 2016 supermoon - when the full moon reached its closest point to the Earth since 1948.
Many hiked to the top of mountains or found the highest building from where to watch the moon rise. Others spent the evening having a picnic outside or enjoying a cocktail at an outdoor bar.
For me, this day also marked 6 years living in South Africa, a country I travelled to for an intended short visit back in November 2010. The country, and specifically, the city of Cape Town, took hold of me, as it does many foreigners, and I soon made it my home.
Recently however, despite being constantly surrounded by beauty, my spirit has been somewhat subdued.
Last night, in a last-minute effort to find a great place to photograph the moonrise, I stumbled upon a unique adventure led by friend and colleague, Lesley Rochat - award-winning conservationist, filmmaker, photographer and writer. Shark Warrior Adventures is a new adventured-based tourism initiative based in Simon's Town. They offer guided sea kayak safaris, snorkel safaris and stand up paddling excursions.
They had planned a two-hour excursion by kayak to view the moon rise at sea. I left the office and rushed to the harbour. The centre is located under the Seaforth Restaurant in Simon's Town.
The experience reminded me about the things that tickle my soul and the reason I travel. Everyone in the group had the same lively spirit and we were all excited to be there.
The sea was rough and made kayaking difficult, but the excitement of where the moon would rise, whether the clouds would cover it, the sea air, the wild African penguins milling about, all made for a wonderful experience.
The purpose of this new endeavour is to reconnect people with nature, an ability we've all lost rather dramatically. And it did the job. The next day, I woke up rejuvenated and focused on the things I love and want to protect.
Even if it was rainy or cloudy in your area, wasn't it nice just to take your mind off the daily grind and stop to appreciate life's simple, yet magnificent occurrences?
Did you miss the Supermoon? Don't worry, the moon will still be bright and beautiful tonight. In fact, although November's moon was the closest since 1948 and not again until 25 November, 2034, 2016 still has one more full moon on 14 December.
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To book a trip with Shark Warrior Adventures:
Tel: 082 843 5776
Find out more on their website.
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