Hiking the Pipe Track

Let’s take a walk on the inspiring side.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the Pipe Track is still one of Cape Town’s most underrated hiking trails. I mean, have you seen what Lion’s Head looks like on a weekend morning? Especially during the summer months, a constant stream of hikers traipse up and down its slopes from before sunrise well into the evening. It’s CHAOS.

On the other hand, the Pipe Track (which wraps around the base of Table Mountain right next to Lion’s Head), is a calm retreat. And that’s exactly what my not-so-calm mind needed a few weekends ago.

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To be honest, it’s been a weird year for me so far. I’ve experienced a lot of change (new full-time job, new friends, new routine), and have also been presented some exciting opportunities. All this, while trying to keep at the blogging side-hustle.

But, in the past couple of weeks, it all kind of caught up with me. I’ve been unmotivated to do the outdoorsy things and so uninspired to create cool things and that’s when you know the situation is DIRE.

Last weekend though, I paid a visit to my old friend the Pipe Track and it was just the reset (and reminder) that I needed. It was a still and grey morning, there were just a few other people around, and I dawdled at the back of the group with my camera and my thoughts. I was thinking about how I missed my camera, noticing all the little beautiful natural details and getting lost in creative ideas. I suddenly realised how long it had been since I’d done just that and was like, duh, no wonder I’ve been feeling so inspired and just generally…bleh.

Anyway. In case you too are feeling creatively “bleh” (you know what I mean, right?), here’s a little reminder that a) the world won’t end, and b) sometimes you’ve just got to go back to the basic things that you love (for me, that’s obviously outdoor adventures like hiking) to clear your head and let inspiration find you. That sounds really zen and I’m just gonna roll with it.

Here’s a couple snaps from the Pipe Track trail to roll along with this episode of “Great-ish zen advice from Emma”.

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Thanks for visiting my blog!

Em xx

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