Spitzkoppe: the Matterhorn of Namibia

Spitzkoppe, German for pointed dome, is the tallest rock in a group of granite peaks in the Namib desert. The granite is over 120 million years old and sits pretty at 5,850 feet. Such a shame I didn’t have Charlie to lead the route and my climbing shoes handy.

A couple years ago I went to a film festival and saw a short film about a group of German mountain bikers who took on this peak. It was a little surreal being around the rocks that were depicted in that small theater in Golden.

Enroute, Imani showed off one of her special tricks. She sometimes likes to pretend she’s a convertible with two sets of roof seats. With wind whipping our hair and sun kissing our faces, I had the most amazing introduction to Spitzkoppe!

After a long drive day, Sophie and I had two hours free before sunset. Guess what we did. Yup, we decided to go for a long run. It was a special hour for me with a definite runner’s high mixed with awe at the opportunities life has given me.

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We got back in time to clamber up some very steep rocks to watch the sunset. This peaceful time was appreciated by all.

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We ended the night with another set of riddles from Kirsten. Just because I didn’t want to forget it, I’ll repeat it!

A man walks into a restaurant. He orders Albatross soup, takes one spoonful, and leaves the restaurant without paying. He gets in his car and drives off a cliff and dies. What happened?

That one kept us preoccupied for a while. I’m proud to say we figured it out that very night around the campfire!

The next day was a long drive to Swakopmund, a cute little German town next to the Atlantic and the Namib Desert. On our way, we stopped at the Cape Cross Seal Colony.

Some might say seals are adorable. I would have to disagree. Except for maybe the one I caught sleeping. He was cute.

They stink. They are aggressive. They stink. The noise they make sounds like some mix of cow, goat, and sheep. They stink. I walked around, avoided getting bitten, and took some photos? That was about it.

One thought on “Spitzkoppe: the Matterhorn of Namibia

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