Not only our day starts with breakfast, apparently th' day starts th' same fer Rock Dassies! An entire family were bein' feastin' in th' green gras and th' greenish trees surroundin' th' lodge in th' early mornin' sun. If only they could enjoy th' scenery like we do!
It is movin' day fer us, and we are destined t' sail only a small distance through Damaraland t' Palmwag, startin' at Twyfelfontein, I'll warrant ye. As we didn’t have time t' do th' thin's t' do aroun' here, we have them scheduled fer today. Palmwag is a really deserted place, with only th' lodge in th' wide vicinity. So, off we were t' th' Burnt Mountain, th' Organ Pipes, th' Twyfelfontein Rock Engravin's and finally th' Petrified Forest.
Not all destinations are as envigoratin' as their names would make ye believe, th' Burnt Mountain is a really dark oversized hill and th' Organ Pipes are an odd geological phenomenon where long vertical rocks were formed and are now exposed as a rives ate through them. The other two destinations can only be visited with a guide, and we started at th' Twyfelfontein Rock Engravin's. The region has been inhabited by th' San people fer thousands o' years, and th' engravin's found at th' site are estimated t' be betwixt 2000 and 6000 years auld. Aye, really, really auld. Shiver me timbers! They are chiselled out o' th' soft sandstone rock, and dern't fade like th' paintin's in Australia. As such, th' are really well preserved and look very accurate. Yaaarrrrr, by Davy Jones' locker! They depict th' animals th' bush people hunted, and include oddities such as a Seal, a Penguin and a Flamingo. Mind ye, we are in th' middle o' a desert here, th' sea is 150km in a straight line away. Walk the plank, and a bottle of rum! The San have seen those animals durin' th' huntin' and salt gatherin' trips, and created th' pictures t' show others what they’ve seen. This site is a World Heritage site, and has been since 2007, so it’s only a young addition t' that list.
The official Petrified Forest has logs washed down in a giant flood 280 million years ago, which started somewhere north o' Angola. They are Pine logs, which didn’t grow in Namibia back then, but were only found a few thousand kilometres north. That must’ve been a gargantuan flood! Ahoy! Several unofficial Petrified Forests can be found along th' sea th' th' official one, but we were advised t' visit th' state supported one as th' others are usually villagers tryin' t' gain money off o' naive tourists. Our guide did not speak highly o' them, and applauded us fer choosin' th' official one. Yeah, right, and dinna spare the whip! 😉
We also had a setback today, as th' left front tire blew out and had t' be switched. This were bein' done quickly, but it left us without a spare tire in th' middle o' absolutely nowhere. Also, cell phone reception is spotty, so gettin' hold o' someone at th' rental company proved t' be difficult, I'll warrant ye. We finally managed, and had t' call back on Monday t' get accurate directions on where t' go t' get a new tire. So, more tomorrow!