Each February or March, Chris and I and another couple (Rick/Sarah) seek
treatment for Wisconsin cabin fever in a foreign country where there is
sun and soft ocean breezes. In 2013 we toured South Africa. On March
11, we headed east from Capetown on the "Garden Highway" with a side
trip to Cape Agulhas. (Africa's southernmost point where the Atlantic
Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.)
By the time we reached Wilderness, we had been traveling for more than
eight hours and covered more than 650 kilometers. Everybody was ready to
find accommodations and relax on the Indian Ocean. We didn't find any.
In fact, we didn't look. On the other side of the Garden Highway we
noticed a picturesque lake with The Interlaken Guest House perched on
the steep ridge above the lake. The lake was serene and we could drive (or walk) to the wild Indian Ocean (and its public beaches) that were only a couple kilometers
We got two rooms and carried the beer cooler in from the car -- as
Wisconsinites we always carry beer for just such emergencies. While we
were arguing (for at least 20 seconds) about whose balcony we would use to
drink our Castle beer, Elsie Cook, the co-owner with her husband Kevin,
came in to explain that there was beer for sale in the frig and offered
a recommendation for a place to dine that evening. Her next words were: “OH ----!”
She didn't say: "OH S---" because we had brought our own beer. She said
"OH S---" when I mentioned that I knew that the recommended restaurant was closed
on Monday. From that moment on, I repeatedly referred to her as the "OH
S---" lady to elicit reams of laughter from everybody. The "OH S---"
lady laughed the loudest and longest.
We got up at dawn the next morning to watch the morning mist weave
across the lake and up into the valley on the far shore where the sun
would eventually eat it for breakfast, As the fog lifted we slowly made
out the hazy image of a fisherman rowing toward us from an island on
the right shore. He hooked a fish not far from our shore. The lake was
so calm that the fighting fish sent out wide ripples across the lake
As the fog cleared, the lake reflected the entire north shore where a
herd of horses were grazing, a farmer was tending his crops, and a tiny
road weaved its way up the valley from the farmer's home to a tiny
settlement of homes to the crest of the hill to watch the sun eat the
In two weeks in South Africa, the Interlaken Guest House was our
favorite accommodation and the "OH S---" lady was our favorite host.
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